Round 16 Development Report: Box Hill Hawks vs Werribee

Werribee’s Development League side has staged a remarkable turnaround to beat Box Hill by 20 points at a rain-soaked Box Hill City Oval on Sunday.

Against the same side that handed down a 119-point defeat just two weeks earlier, the Tigers used the greasy conditions to their advantage to surprise the Hawks by jumping out to a 19-point quarter time lead before the home side kicked three unanswered goals to lead by a point at the main break.

But just as the Hawks looked on the verge of taking control of the game and re-establishing its dominance from a fortnight earlier, Werribee rallied with a four-goal-to-two third quarter to take a nine-point lead into the final change and pave the way for an against-the-odds victory.

Coach Daniel Fraser praised his side’s resilience in the face of the Box Hill challenge after quarter time.

“Their will to win got them over the line in the final quarter,” said Fraser.

“It was really ferocious stuff. It wasn’t for the faint-hearted.

“The fact they were able to get a good start helped, and even when things didn’t go their way in the second, they guys just worked a bit harder and stayed in the contest.

“I thought that was this difference this time. Two weeks ago, we showed a bit in spurts, but we didn’t do it for long enough, and I just thought we were better for a longer period of time on the weekend.”

Jack Williams and Charlie Bance were both among Werribee’s best in their return from injury, while Jason Robinson led the second-half rally with two crucial third-quarter goals.

The win was one to savour for a side that has endured a number of tough losses this season, though it will no doubt prove just as memorable for Brad Carlton, Josh Sloan, and Jared Fletcher, the trio all playing their first game after receiving a call-up from Geelong Football League side Werribee Centrals.

The result should serve as a huge confidence boost for Werribee ahead of Sunday’s clash with Williamstown at Burbank Oval, the Tigers having notched their other win for the season with a thrilling five-point victory over the Seagulls back in round 10.

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