VFL Elimination Final Review: Box Hill defeats Sandringham

Box Hill has upset Sandringham by 30 points in Saturday’s Elimination Final at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.

With scores level at half time, Box Hill led by Broc McCauley with 4 goals kicked away in second half. The Hawks three ruckman Max Bailey, Adam Pattison and Broc McCauley kicked 8 of their 18 goals for day and caused massive headaches for Sandringham’s defence.

Marcus Marigliani, Tom Curren and Adam Cockie kept Zebras in the game with standout performances and Daniel Markworth continued his good form with 3 goals and threatened to open the game up with his pace throughout the day.

Sandringham’s Development Squad were also knocked out of finals, going down to impressive Box Hill in a dominant display by 60 points.


Box Hill too strong Sandringham – By Nick Ciantar

Sandringham hosted Box Hill at Trevor Barker Beach Oval with perfect conditions on Saturday for the elimination final. However Box Hill were too classy for the Zebras winning by 30 points, 18.10 (118) to 14.4 (88).

Both teams started strongly in the first quarter. Beau Dowler was moved up forward yet again and kicked the first goal of the day. The intensity was strong and the first quarter went goal for goal. Jackson Coleman went off for the Zebras with a knee injury and played no further part in the game. At quarter time the Zebras led by 12 points.

The Hawks started the second quarter impressively, with a great clearance by Matthew Jones who kicked to Broc McCauley and goaled. Tom Curren increased his work rate and kicked a goal after tapping it to himself in the ruck. The Zebras maintained a two goal lead before the Hawks kicked the last two goals of the quarter. The Hawks had the momentum into the main break and the scores were even at 8.2 (50).

Box Hill started the third quarter just like they finished the second. They kicked the first four goals and got out to a 24 point lead. The Hawks’ ball use and pressure was outstanding and they kept the Zebras out of their forward line. The Hawks were able to win the ball out of the middle through the impressive ruck work of Max Bailey, Adam Pattison and McCauley. The Zebras got their first goal of the quarter at the 15th minute mark through Daniel Markworth. Marcus Marigliani kicked the Zebras second in a row and got the Zebras within three goals. Young Hawk Mitch Hallahan had a terrific quarter with his impressive ball use and clearances. The Hawks kicked the last goal of the quarter through an intercepted mark by Bailey, who passed to Luke Andrews. Their lead was 20 points going at the final break.

The Zebras needed to start strongly to give them any chance of playing next week, however in the first five minutes it was all in the Hawks’ half. The Hawks were winning the clearances and the hit outs and the Zebras could provide no answer. Xavier Ellis marked deep in the Hawks 50 and kicked a goal to extend the margin to 29 points. The Hawks had a healthy lead, however Markworth kicked the next two goals for the Zebras to bring the margin down to 17 points. The home crowd dared to believe but the class of the Hawks was too strong for the Zebras and they ran out 30 point winners.

Luke Andrews was one of the best all day for the Hawks, finishing with 23 disposals, 2 goals and 3 tackles. His ability to win the football enabled the other players to move the ball quickly into their forward line. Bailey’s ability to win the hit outs enabled the Hawks to get the ball first. He finished with 15 disposals and 2 goals and his work rate around the ground set the Hawks up with the victory. Hallahan finished with 21 disposals and 3 tackles and his attack on the football and clearances helped the Hawks get quick access into their forward line.

For the Zebras, Markworth was one of the best for Sandringham all day, finishing with 18 disposals, 5 tackles and 3 goals. He provided some highlights and his ability to use the ball well under pressure was outstanding. Marigliani played another terrific game for the Zebras finishing with 22 disposals and 3 goals. His long kicking and poise under pressure helped the Zebras in the first half.

Box Hill will be eagerly waiting to see who they will be playing next Sunday at Casey Fields. They will face the loser of the Port Melbourne vs. Geelong game, whereas for Sandringham, their season is over and they will be looking at regrouping with a strong preseason for 2013.

2012 Peter Jackson VFL

Sandringham   5.1  8.2  10.3  14.4 (88)
Box Hill Hawks   3.1  8.2  13.5  18.10 (118)

Sandringham: Marigliani 3, Markworth 3, Archer 2, Curren 2, Coleman,  Peake,  Dowler,  Shenton
Box Hill Hawks: McCauley 4, Ellis 3, Bailey 2, Pattison 2, Pratt 2, Andrews 2, Cassidy,  Frank,  Savage

Sandringham: Markworth, Dunell, Curren, Sikora, Williams, Shenton
Box Hill Hawks: Andrews, Schneider, Savage, Hallahan, Duryea, Bailey

2012 AFL Vic Development League

Box Hill Hawks   5.5  10.8  15.16  16.22 (118)
Sandringham   2.0  6.0  6.2  9.4 (58)

Box Hill Hawks: Johnson 3, Otten 2, Hughes 2, Monkhorst 2, Grimley 2, Kelly,  Cooper,  Lock,  Ralph,  Northe
Sandringham: Lever 3, Slade 2, Staley 2, La Rocca,  Brown

Box Hill Hawks: Northe, Gordon, Kelly, Lock, Tobin, Post
Sandringham: Waller, Jones, Barnhoorn, Sands, Stapleton, Beech

Here is a selection of the best photos taken from the match. You can view all of Dave Savell’s photos HERE



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