VFL Round 2 Team Selection: Gunst-In

The Box Hill Hawks have made a handful of changes to the side which kicked started 2024 in winning fashion, gaining five AFL-listed stars for Saturday’s round two match-up against Geelong.

Jack Gunston headlines the additions and will play his first game for Box Hill since Round 9, 2012. The three-time premiership star booted seven majors that afternoon at Fenjiu Stadium as the Hawks downed North Ballarat by 81-points. The 244-game veteran will bring a wealth of experience to the ‘Stang’s developing line-up.

Another name returning to the fold after an extended period in the senior set-up is Ned Reeves. The towering ruckman cut his teeth at Box Hill before winning a list spot with Hawthorn and will feature in VFL action for the first time since 2021. 

The Hawks’ number seven is joined in Saturday’s side by Finn Maginness, who will look to push his claim for a senior recall with a strong showing in Box Hill’s engine room. 

There’s more good news in the additions of Cooper Stephens and Jack O’Sullivan, with the pair named for their first hit-outs of the year following injury interrupted pre-seasons.

Having played 11 games at VFL level in his debut season in brown and gold, Saturday’s trip to GMHBA Stadium will be O’Sullivan’s first run out since round 16 of last year.

To accomodate five additions there must be five omissions, so the Hawks lose the AFL-listed quartet of Lloyd Meek, Henry Hustwaite, Max Ramsden and Harry Morrison to the senior mix, while James Parsons comes out having suffered a ruptured achilles early in round one. 

Our final team will be communicated prior to Saturday’s first bounce, which is scheduled for 11:05am

Ins: N. Reeves, C. Stephens, J. O’Sullivan, J. Gunston, F. Maginness

Outs: L. Meek, H. Hustwaite, M. Ramsden, H. Morrison, J. Parsons

Squad: 7. N Reeves, 19. J Gunston, 21. C Stephens, 26. B Ryan, 29. J Serong, 30. S Butler, 32. F Maginness, 35. C Dear, 37. Eth Phillips, 40. S Mitchell, 41. J Bennetts, 42. B Macdonald, 43. J O’Sullivan, 45. C Tucker, 50. M Hall, 55. C Porter, 59. J Rule, 60. E Phillips, 65. A Stefanakis, 66. C Brown, 68. D Wood, 77. B De Bolfo, 99. T Brown

Emergencies: J. Latchford, K. Agosta, A. Mathieson, J. Tovey, N. Philactides, L. Ward

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