The Box Hill Hawks have regained top spot on the VFL ladder after a comfortable 49-point win over North Ballarat in round thirteen at a cold Box Hill City Oval. The Hawks booted five goals to nil in the first term which set up their win and despite the Roosters showing plenty of heart in stopping the margin from blowing right out they eventually went down 18.13.121 to 9.18.72.
Anthony Brolic kicked a game-high three goals for the Hawks, while Dallas Willsmore, Chris Jones, Nelson Lane and Tyrone Vickery each kicked two while the only multiple goal kicker for North Ballarat was Hayden Walters with two. The much talked about Vickery worked hard in the ruck for the majority of the match to figure in the Hawk’s best along with Willsmore who picked up 35 touches and Brendan Whitecross with 34 disposals in defence was also a fine contributor.
Port Melbourne has jumped to the top of the table after a 23-point win over the Northern Blues in round 12 of the VFL at a chilly Preston City Oval. The Borough was out of the blocks quickly booting four goals to the Blues one in the first quarter and was never headed eventually winning 13.8.86 to 9.9.63.
Chris Cain and former North Melbourne and Richmond small forward, Robin Nahas, each booted three for the winners while Andrew Gallucci and Luke Russell both kicked two for the Blues. It was the Blue’s fourth loss in-a-row following a strong start to the season and they now sit just inside the top eight.