VFLW – Round 12 Talking Points

The Hawks were left licking their wounds in Round 7 against Diamond Creek after the then ladder-leaders stormed home to a big win in the last quarter in what had been a hard-fought contest.

We’re only five matches down the road but the Box Hill team that will play this Sunday at Plenty War Memorial Reserve has ticked some significant boxes: wins over Seaford and Cranbourne proved the growing maturity of Patrick Hill’s team, to say nothing of the experience galvanised since the two teams last met.

Here are five talking points ahead of Round 12…


  • The perception of the Hawks
    From the earliest days of pre-season, Hill’s Hawks have railed against any perception of being the easy-beat team of VFLW. When they come up against Diamond Creek for the second time this season, Hill expects that the second-placed Creekers will be aware of the dangers his side presents.
    “We certainly were well and truly in that game,” says Hill of the Round 7 clash. “We had seven shots in the third quarter and they went down with their two entries and kicked a goal, so had we been better in front of goal we might have put them under a bit more pressure. We are going along and changing perceptions and teams are certainly working that out when they play us.”

  • Take Two against the Creekers
    The Hawks have made full use of video review to work the Creekers over in their return bout. For Hill, the match is about showing his side’s improvement just as much as it is about challenging a top-four opponent.
    “You learn lessons every time and there’s a couple of things that they do different to other teams that already stand out to me. We did really well for three quarters last time and then we slipped up and we know that we remember that and I spoke to the girls last night [about] what was it they did different and they could all tell me. I asked them what we did wrong in the last quarter and they could tell me that as well.”

  • The new Hawk
    Kara Henderson will become the 36th Box Hill VFLW player when she makes her debut on Sunday, one of four changes in the side.
    “We’re really excited to get her in, she’s been training real hard since November last year,” says Hill. “Wasn’t on our initial list, she got brought onto the list and shown good form through Knox. A couple of people who had games earlier in the year, Brooke Slaney and Grace Dillon, had been dropped, gone back to local and just had outstanding form at local and just gotten to the point where we can’t ignore them anymore.”

  • Holding the line
    With three rounds to go in their maiden season, Box Hill will rise to the challenge of maintaining their strategies and developmental goals in Round 12 rather than look to negotiate the easy route.
    “We’ll be maintaining,” says Hill. “Probably since Round 6 we’ve planned out our season and how we want to go about it in terms of what sides will be playing what game. It’s a great opportunity for us in the last three rounds to have a look at some players and we’re going to do that. I’ve got great faith in the girls, all of them play their role.”

  • Lifting the fourth quarter
    The nagging consistency on Box Hill’s scoring this season has been their fading out in final quarters. The Hawks have kicked just four fourth quarter goals to date while conceding 24.
    “Our last quarters have been pretty good of late whereas earlier in the season that was the area where we were falling away,” says Hill. “So can we do it against a Diamond Creek? We’ll have to wait and see.”


Box Hill face Diamond Creek at Plenty War Memorial Reserve this Sunday from 2pm.

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