Walker focusing on the positives

Box Hill had its first pre-season hit-out on Saturday and although the day didn’t end with a win, the result was a positive outcome according to midfielder Lachie Walker.

The 22-year-old said the 16-point loss to Coburg wasn’t disheartening when you consider the fact the team had experimented with new players, structures and plays.    

“I think because we went into the game with a good mindset, we did better than we thought we were going to,” said Walker.

“Max’s message ahead of the game was to focus on the positives, to not dwell on the mistakes and I think that worked really well for us.”  

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During the pre-season, Box Hill welcomed a group of young recruits, many who featured in Saturday’s match, including three ex-Eastern Ranges teammates James Ross, Billy McCormack and James Blanck.

“I think it helps when you’ve got all the Eastern players, they gel really well together, and they’ve gelled well with all of us.”

Among the debuting recruits for the Hawks was Isaac Abbas, a ruckman from Morwell who particularly impressed Walker.

“Isaac in the ruck was really good,” said Walker.

“He’s almost an extra mid because he doesn’t play like a traditional ruckman.”

Walker himself is heading into his fourth season in the brown and gold and is looking to improve on his 2019 season that saw him play 10 games for Box Hill, while averaging 17.3 disposals and 3.2 tackles.

“My goal is to obviously start the season well and hopefully get some games early.

“If not, I want to at least be around the mark and hopefully I’ll have a similar year to last year.”

Box Hill play in its second practice match this Saturday 7 March at Casey Fields from 12pm.

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