Published on September 9, 2018 5:18 pm

VFL RECAP: Finals Week 2 Sunday

The Box Hill Hawks advanced to a Peter Jackson VFL #LovetheGame Preliminary Final against Williamstown next Sunday following a 29-point victory over Geelong today.

The Hawks will play in their second consecutive preliminary final, attempting to reach their first VFL Grand Final since 2015 – which would be against either the Casey Demons or Essendon – while the Cats have been bundled out of September in straight sets.

* Read a recap of Essendon’s win against Richmond in yesterday’s semi final.

 

PRELIMINARY FINALS

Casey Demons vs Essendon

Saturday September 15, 2.10pm @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)

Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks

Sunday September 16, 2.10pm @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)

 

* Download the VFL app and follow live scores throughout the ‘Love the Game’ Finals Series.

 

BOX HILL HAWKS 13.12 (90) d GEELONG 8.13 (61)

IN A NUTSHELL: Box Hill capitalised on a host of missed opportunities by the Cats to prevail in tricky conditions at Stannards Stadium. The Hawks controlled play while kicking with the breeze in the opening quarter, withstood a period of Geelong dominance during the second and third terms and then accelerated away with a potent counter-attack in the lead-up to the final change. Box Hill could have been more than 23 points in front at the first break after registering 10 early scoring shots to two, but the Cats couldn’t make the Hawks pay. Geelong regularly squandered easy shots at goal through the middle part of the match and Box Hill struck in time-on of the third stanza, extending its lead from 17 out to a match-winning 42 points with a burst of goals in the 12 minutes before three-quarter time.

KEY MOMENTS: The Cats generated 60 inside-50s to 52 but were haunted by inaccuracy. That wastefulness came back to bite them when the slick Hawks booted consecutive goals through Andrew Moore, Dallas Willsmore (twice) and Brendan Whitecross late in the third quarter to effectively put the match away. Few Geelong forward-line entries weren’t under pressure though, with Box Hill pair Kaiden Brand (21 disposals and a game-high nine marks) and Tim O’Brien (16 and five) controlling the air in defence in solid auditions to fill the injured Ben Stratton’s role at AFL level next weekend. Fellow AFL-listed Hawk James Cousins was also crucial with 13 disposals in the important first term and finished with a game-high 27 touches alongside his skipper Moore.

LEADING GOALKICKERS: Box Hill Hawks – Hanrahan 3, Willsmore 2, Whitecross 2, A. Moore 2 / Geelong – all singles

FORMLINES: Box Hill (14-6) has strung together four wins against quality opposition, finishing the home-and-away season by knocking off the Casey Demons and then the Cats before outlasting Port Melbourne in a classic elimination final to advance to this semi final. / Geelong (13-7) had won 10 of 11 games before losing to the Hawks in Round 21 and then the Demons and Box Hill again in the finals.

NEXT UP: Williamstown vs Box Hill Hawks – preliminary final / Geelong – season over

* Watch a replay of Geelong vs Box Hill Hawks.

 

* CLICK HERE to see full results, goalkickers and best players, as well as play-by-play scores.

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