Tigers Tamed By Hungry Hawks

AFTER a slow start to the game, Box Hill rallied home to defeat the Richmond Tigers by 29-points at the ME Bank Centre on Saturday Morning.

Richmond got out to a lead of 13-points in the first quarter before Box Hill showed their class and restricted the Tigers to only five more goals for the match.

The crowd reached capacity only to see the home team downed 8.12 (60) to Box Hill’s 13.11 (89).

The first quarter was all Richmond as Box Hill struggled to gather clean possession and looked sluggish despite the near perfect weather and ground conditions.

After a rallying speech from Marco Bello, the Hawks responded piling on the seven of the next nine goals largely thanks to tap work from ruck man Jonathon Ceglar.

The pressure that the Tigers had in the opening term seemed non-existent as Box Hill dominated the hard ball gets and used the ball when it counted.

After the main break, it was a game of defence, going minutes without seeing a score registered due to the end-to-end defences at play.

Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson watched on as the senior boys showed their skills around the ground, particularly Brad Sewell who looked back to his best form.

The clouds set it on three-quarter-time where Box Hill held an eventually unassailable lead of 33-points.

Box Hill Coach Marco Bello was full of praise for his charges post-match and highlighted how the defence won the game.

“Our press was brilliant, we came out and played three quarters with the pressure on and it showed,” Bello said.

“Guys really stood up today, Kurt [Heatherley] in the backline, Sewell and Woodward and Ceglar is just a superstar.

“It’s that physical pressure we need to beat Port Melbourne [next week].”

With Box Hill recording a win, they have solidified their spot on top of the table.

Box Hill play Port Melbourne at the Box Hill City Oval next Sunday at 2pm.

Richmond 8.12 60 defeated by Box Hill 13.11 89

Goal Kickers: T. O’Brien 2, X. Murphy 2, S. Collins, A. Woodward, S. Iles, J. Ceglar, B. Ross, Z. Webster, S. Grimley, S. Cust, A. Litherland

 Best Players: J. Ceglar, B. Ross, A. Kennedy, L. Andrews, D. Mirra, T’Obrien

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