VFLW Match Report: Hawks outdone by the Don’s at home

Our Hawks suffered defeat at the hands of the Bombers in our Round 8 clash, 1.9 (15) to 5.3 (33).

It was 18-points the difference come full time at Box Hill City Oval, with the Hawks unable to put a stop on the Bombers flow and convert our opportunities.

A highlight of the game was Eastern Ranges young gun, Alyssia Pisano boosting a magic left-foot snap, for our first and only goal of the match.

While we missed chances in front of goal, our Hawks battled relentlessly across the ground and showed consistent effort for the duration of the game.

Check out how the game unfolded below.


The game was relatively level in the opening stages, with a lot of back and forth play between the arcs. The Hawks had chances early in front of goal, but it was minors rather than the preferrable majors. Before Essendon managed first blood of the game with a goal at the other end, followed by a second ten minutes later. It was Alyssia Pisano who opened the goal tally for the Hawks, slotting our first and only goal off her left boot with a snap in traffic. The Hawks went into the first break trailing by four points, after a closely contested first term.


The Bombers seemed to gather and maintain momentum, managing a goal and two behinds in the second quarter. While our Hawks had our lowest scoring quarter with just the one behind going through. Grace McRae’s pressure was a standout, having laid a game-high 14 tackles throughout the match. While Jordan Misfud was everywhere racking up 20 disposals, and Matilda Van Berkel managed five rebound 50s. 11 points separated the two teams at the main break.


The third was a tussle of a quarter with neither team slotting a goal until inside the 17-minute mark, when the Bombers snuck one through. We had a few opportunities up forward but couldn’t find the big sticks. Our Hawks battled with consistent effort, with skipper Nic Garner providing a strong and guiding voice from the backline to assist with structure up the field. It was a 15-point deficit with one quarter to go.


The Hawks had a final burst of effort in the last quarter, which saw them go down fighting. Essendon booted their fifth major midway through the term, while the Hawks managed to gain more possession of the ball late, converting to just three behinds and one rushed. Laura Stone, another Eastern Ranges product, showed consistent effort across all four quarters, managing a team-high 14 kicks, was the second highest disposal getter for the Hawks with 17, laid nine tackles and had five clearances.

Next weekend, we’ll look to regroup and improve as we take on Carlton once again on home deck from 3.15pm on Saturday May 20 for Round 9.

BOX HILL         1.2       1.3       1.5       1.9 (15)
ESSENDON      2.0       3.2       4.2       5.3 (33)

Goals – Pisano.

Disposals – Misfud 20, Stone 17, McRae 15, McDonagh 12, Van Berkel 12.

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