It was another solid win from the Hawks on Saturday afternoon, securing a 22-point victory over North Melbourne at Arden St Oval.
The Roos were the first to hit the scoreboard, with the Hawks scoreless in the first term, but from there they got to work and led for the game’s remaining duration.
Some extra excitement for the match was the inclusion of Chloe Bailey for her Box Hill debut game.
Maddie Boyd also kept a special milestone under wraps, playing her 100th VFLW match.
What was perhaps most special was getting to do it all in Box Hill's 2023 Indigenous Guernsey, designed by Alkina Creations.
Check out how the match unfolded below.
The majority of the first term saw the ball caught in contest between the arcs, with the Hawks showing early signs of determination going forward and strong efforts in defence. It wasn’t until the 16-minute mark of the first term that points were scored through the first and only North Melbourne goal. Jordy Misfud got her day off to a good start with nine disposals to her name come the quarter-time siren, finishing with a game-high 26 by the end of the game. The trio of Annie Muir, Grace McRae and Caitlin Thorne were putting in the hard yards around the stoppage, with two clearances each for the first term alone.
It was inside the opening minute of the second quarter that the Hawks got on the board, with a quick goal through Mietta Kendall. A long kick into the forward 50 from Grace Master bounced perfectly for Kendall who collected the footy, broke the tackle and snapped off the right boot for Box Hill's first major. From there the Hawks looked confident in their forward pressure, with 13 inside 50s to North’s six. Inside the 15th minute, Amanda Tessari marked inside 50 before sending a dribbling ball to the advantage of Sarah Humm who got boot to ball to kick her first from the goal square. In what’s becoming tradition, less than a minute later Gabby Collingwood drew a 50-metre penalty for a set shot from the top of the goal square, to secure our third of the term.
The third quarter saw the Hawks kicking against the breeze and therefore the Roos going with the wind, but their backline held strong, allowing just four behinds through to maintain an eight-point lead at three-quarter time. The likes of Matilda Van Berkel with nine, Nadia Von Bertouch and Cassie Davidson both with seven, racked up disposals throughout the quarter in the push to get the Hawks forward. Despite the wind, Box Hill managed one behind from five insides 50s to North’s four behinds from 10 inside 50s.
The Hawks utilised finishing at the scoring end and were dominant with 16 inside 50s to nil, managing a further two majors to secure the win. The first goal came late in the sixth minute through Tessari after quick hands from Akayla Peterson to allow Tessari to slot it truly from the right of the goal square. With 15 seconds on the clock, Thorne marked in Box Hill's forward 50 and took her time before bombing it in long for Humm to toe the ball across the line for her second, moments before the final siren.
|BOX HILL||0.0||3.0||3.1||5.2 (33)|
|NORTH MELBOURNE||1.1||1.1||1.5||1.5 (11)|
Goals: Humm 2, Kendall, Collingwood, Tessari.
Disposals: Misfud 26, Davidson 19, Thorne 18, Van Berkel 17, McRae 16, Woods 15.
Next up, the Hawks will take on Williamstown in another double-header at home on Saturday from 11.30am.