The Hawthorn VFLW side will have a tough task on its hand when it takes on the Western Bulldogs at Victoria University Whitten Oval on Saturday.

A three-game winning streak for the girls ended at the hands of the Southern Saints in a gruelling battle last week.

That loss sees the Hawks find themselves in seventh position after seven rounds, while their opponents this week, the Dogs, sit in fifth.

Nearing the half-way point in their home and away season, the reigning premiers will be hopeful they can continue to build their year with an important win this week.

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Making a return to the winners’ list last week, Box Hill will be determined to remain there when they take on Casey this weekend.

The Hawks will travel out to Casey Fields to face the Demons, a club they have built a strong rivalry with in recent times.

Four-time premiership player Grant Birchall will again take his place in the Box Hill backline for his second consecutive game returning from a long stint on the sidelines.

First-year Hawk Jacob Koschitzke has also been named in the forward line as he continues his development in the brown and gold.

Kaiden Brand and Harry Morrison also return to VFL level after being left out of the senior side that will take on West Coast. 

Hawthorn VFLW Round 8 Team

B: 11. D. Haines, 6. T. Radan, 5. C. Perera

HB: 21. P. Randall, 36. J. Van Dyk, 18. E. Wroe

C: 2. K.  Henderson, 26. C.  Dyett, 7. P.  McWilliams

HF: 43. G. Bevan, 28. S. Perkins, 3. J. Membrey

F: 22. T. Luke, 9. K. Bentley, 31. J. Sibley

R: 19. L. Wotton, 10. P. Peschke, 8. R. Beeson

Int: 12. N. Cormack, 24. R. Dillon, 33. E. Gilder, 35. C. O'Donnell

Emg: 4. S. Carroll, 17. A. Dowler, 34. M. Shaw, 29. A. Tanner

23P: 38. S. Gibbs

Box Hill VFL Round 13 Squad

B: 14. G. Birchall, 30. K. Brand, 32. D. Mirra

HB: 44. D. Greaves, 50. D. Mascitti, 42. T. Miles

C: 45. W.  Golds, 46. J.  Cousins, 54. L.  Meadows

HF: 38. D. Minchington, 8. M. Lewis, 1. H. Morrison

F: 37. J. Ross, 34. J. Koschitzke, 33. M. Walker

R: 43. N. Reeves, 52. A. Moore, 40. H. Jones

Int: 51. V. Adduci, 75. C. Byrne, 66. M. DeWit, 59. B. Evans, 61. B. Kilpatrick,

  1. L. Mackie, 55. T. Maloney, 56. N. Mullenger-Mchugh

23P: 79. D. Reinbold