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Hawthorn vs Adelaide

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1PF   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sat, 22-09-2012 5:15 pm   Crowd: 69,146  
Hawthorn 2.6.185.10.4011.14.8013.19.97 C:  Alastair Clarkson
Adelaide 4.1.257.3.4510.4.6414.8.92 C:  Brenton Sanderson
  ADEL by 7ADEL by 5HAW by 16HAW by 5  

Match Report

This was a story that had the ending everyone expected – a Hawthorn win over Adelaide. But that final result turned out to be just about the only part of the script of this match that didn't get thrown out the window.

The pre-game read-through would have had a gallant Adelaide side perhaps sticking with the Hawks for a quarter, maybe even a half, before the hardened and super-skillful Hawthorn players drew away for a comfortable win. But this match deviated from the script even before the opening bounce, when Hawk captain Luke Hodge was forced to withdraw with a bout of gastroenteritis. The Hawks nevertheless dominated the first five minutes, but multiple entries into their forward line resulted in misses to Jarryd Roughead, Grant Birchall and Clinton Young.

When the game's first goal was finally kicked after nearly nine minutes, it was by Adelaide's Kurt Tippett. When Ricky Henderson followed up a minute later, the Crows had jumped to a 10-point lead. Clinton Young managed to slot Hawthorn's first at the 11-minute mark and when Liam Shiels popped through his first five minutes later to put Hawthorn in front, it appeared that original storyline had been located and would now be adhered to.

The Crows, however, had other ideas. Rory Sloane returned the lead to the Crows with a goal at the 18-minute mark and a second major to Tippett was enough to see Adelaide go into the first break with a seven-point lead, 4.1 (25) to Hawthorn's 2.6 (18).

An early second-term behind to Lance Franklin was replied to with a goal to Tex Walker at the six-minute mark and the Crows jumped to a 12-point lead, giving an indication that they were not going to give away a place in the Grand Final without a fight. But consecutive goals to Franklin, Luke Breust and Shaun Burgoyne saw the Hawks skip out to an eight-point lead, their biggest of the game, just before time-on in the second quarter and it appeared that “normal service” had finally been resumed. Adelaide's cult hero Walker had either ideas, though. He booted his second at the 25-minute mark and then, for the second consecutive week, kicked a morale-boosting goal after the half-time siren to give the Crows a five-point buffer at the main break, 7.3 (45) to 5.10 (40).

As well as being inaccurate in front of goal, the Hawks had been uncharacteristically poor with their ball-use all over the ground in the first half. The Crows, meanwhile, had been very efficient in their use of limited entries into their forward 50.

Hawthorn, having undoubtedly received a half-time “bake” from coach Alastair Clarkson, came out full of running in the first 14 minutes of the third quarter. A behind to Jared Petrenko was the only scoreboard impact Adelaide had during this period, while Hawthorn surged via goals to Jack Gunston, Luke Breust, Matt Suckling and Buddy Franklin. Combined, these took the Hawks to a 21-point lead and the Crows' resistance appeared to have finally been broken.

But again the Crows rallied, kicking three of the next five goals through Nathan van Berlo, Tippett, and the last goal of the term to Brodie Smith, which narrowed the gap to a not-insurmountable 16 points.

Hawthorn began the last quarter as it had the first, with gettable shots missed by Burgoyne and Franklin. At the six-minute mark, Kurt Tippett booted his fourth, reducing the margin once more to under two goals. An arm-wrestle ensued over the next 12 minutes, with both sides trading behinds. Jason Porplyzia broke the deadlock at the 18-minute mark, bringing the Crows to within just five points of Hawthorn. Two minutes later, veteran Graham Johncock goaled to put the Crows a point ahead, and the unthinkable result was a step closer to becoming a reality.

It came to the Hawks' forward line heroes, Cyril Rioli and Franklin, to restore order. Each scored a goal to give Hawthorn a 10-point lead. It appeared the Crows, who had been paying more than $6 for the win pre-game, were finally crushed. But there was to be a final twist. At the 28-minute mark a Hawthorn free-kick was reversed when an ill-disciplined Ryan Schoenmakers inexplicably and inexcusably pushed his opponent to the ground. Walker took the resultant free kick and calmly slotted a goal, reducing the margin to just five points, with 16 seconds remaining.

The game's final centre-bounce was vital, with Adelaide having to win the clearance to have any chance of claiming a last-gasp place in the Grand Final. But it was the Hawks who took it out of the middle, and when the final siren sounded, Hawthorn had scraped through.

Hawthorn, despite almost handing the game to Adelaide, can go into next Saturday's “big dance” with some confidence, knowing that they had held off the Crows despite being well below their best. But they will be afforded no such leeway against their Grand Final opponents, Sydney, who a day earlier comfortably accounted for Collingwood in the other Preliminary Final.

GOALS
Hawthorn: Franklin 3; Breust, Gunston, Rioli 2; Young, Shiels, Burgoyne, Suckling
Adelaide: Tippett, Walker 4; Henderson, Sloane, Smith, van Berlo, Porplyzia, Johncock

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Hawthorn: Sewell, Rioli, Mitchell, Breust, Lewis, Birchall, Franklin, Young
Adelaide: Tippett, Dangerfield, Thompson, Porplyzia, Sloane, Vince, Douglas

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Hawthorn: Rioli, Sewell, Mitchell, Franklin, Breust, Lewis
Adelaide: Tippett, Walker, S.Thompson, Dangerfield, Porplyzia, Vince, Sloane

COACHES' COMMENTS
Alastair Clarkson (Haw): [It's] satisfying that we worked hard as a club to get ourselves into a Grand Final. Preliminary Finals are always torrid affairs and no matter who the opponent, they're always tough games. We found out tonight that Adelaide finished second for a reason. They are a very very good side and we needed to play well to get across them tonight.

We set ourselves a target at the start of the year to finish as high as we could, and give ourselves a chance to play in the Grand Final. We get that chance now. We dominated the inside 50s and only kicked 2.6 in the first quarter. We didn't get the conversion we wanted to be able to put genuine scoreboard pressure on Adelaide. There's been plenty of times in games when poor kicking has actually cost you. We're lucky tonight that it didn't.

Brenton Sanderson (Adel): Our boys are disappointed. There's a lot of tears in the change-rooms. It's been a fantastic season for our boys to win the NAB Cup; to finish the season with 23 wins and seven losses from 30 games is a great achievement from this group and I'm just so proud of their efforts. From the first day of pre-season until the final siren tonight, I just thought they gave everything they possibly had to the footy club and for each other, and I'm so disappointed for them because they were so close to the ultimate game. But now that we've had a taste of it, I'm sure that it will burn and it will hurt for a long time, but we'll come back first day of pre-season, and we'll ensure that we are a better side next year and we're better prepared.

It was a great a game of footy; it went in ebbs and flows. Hawthorn were the better side though, and they certainly deserved to win.

UMPIRES: Donlon, Nicholls, McInerney

Source

Match report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Hawthorn Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
14 Birchall, Grant 15 6 6 21 0 1 0 1 0 0 24y 238d 151 16
22 Breust, Luke 12 5 11 23 2 3 0 2 2 2 21y 316d 40 73
9 Burgoyne, Shaun 12 2 3 15 1 1 0 1 1 0 29y 337d 220 205
8 Ellis, Xavier 3 0 4 7 0 0 1 0 1 3 24y 207d 83 27
23 Franklin, Lance 'Buddy' 11 4 9 20 3 5 0 4 2 5 25y 236d 160 517
6 Gibson, Josh 9 7 6 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 28y 193d 123 2
19 Gunston, Jack 8 3 9 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 20y 342d 32 57
20 Hale, David 3 2 8 11 0 0 17 1 2 1 28y 123d 172 160
3 Lewis, Jordan 11 8 12 23 0 0 3 6 3 0 26y 151d 168 90
5 Mitchell, Sam 15 1 14 29 0 0 0 6 0 3 29y 346d 220 53
29 Murphy, Tom 9 4 4 13 0 0 0 2 2 0 26y 187d 95 5
28 Puopolo, Paul 1 2 5 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 24y 295d 40 32
33 Rioli, Cyril 17 8 9 26 2 3 0 5 2 0 23y 70d 105 140
2 Roughead, Jarryd 7 4 8 15 0 2 11 5 0 0 25y 243d 158 294
21 Savage, Shane 3 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 261d 40 26
25 Schoenmakers, Ryan 5 4 1 6 0 0 0 4 0 1 21y 319d 59 5
12 Sewell, Brad 16 3 12 28 0 0 0 1 2 0 28y 233d 168 26
26 Shiels, Liam 10 4 8 18 1 0 1 6 2 1 21y 146d 63 19
16 Smith, Isaac 7 8 12 19 0 0 0 6 0 1 23y 267d 37 36
24 Stratton, Ben 8 3 2 10 0 0 0 3 3 1 23y 205d 51 1
4 Suckling, Matt 10 4 3 13 1 0 0 1 1 1 24y 59d 53 24
11 Young, Clinton 15 5 4 19 1 1 0 4 0 2 26y 219d 115 60
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 207 88 150 357 13 19 33 60 24 21 25y 44d 2353 1868
Adelaide Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
37 Callinan, Ian 5 2 4 9 0 1 0 1 0 1 29y 277d 26 41
32 Dangerfield, Patrick 15 7 13 28 0 1 0 1 4 2 22y 170d 89 94
11 Doughty, Michael 10 5 7 17 0 0 0 2 2 2 33y 48d 231 46
26 Douglas, Richard 9 2 10 19 0 1 0 5 2 1 25y 229d 114 76
45 Henderson, Ricky 9 7 7 16 1 0 0 2 0 0 24y 11d 42 34
24 Jacobs, Sam 5 2 4 9 0 0 38 0 0 0 24y 165d 60 13
18 Johncock, Graham 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 29y 337d 225 118
14 Mackay, David 12 6 7 19 0 0 0 5 2 0 24y 59d 86 24
22 Otten, Andy 9 8 7 16 0 0 0 6 0 2 23y 130d 47 3
23 Petrenko, Jared 3 1 1 4 0 1 0 2 0 3 22y 275d 59 33
40 Porplyzia, Jason 19 10 7 26 1 1 0 0 1 1 27y 300d 110 167
3 Reilly, Brent 17 3 3 20 0 0 0 1 4 1 28y 315d 181 50
25 Rutten, Ben 5 6 9 14 0 0 0 2 1 2 29y 117d 194 8
9 Sloane, Rory 10 4 10 20 1 1 0 2 1 1 22y 189d 57 37
33 Smith, Brodie 9 4 7 16 1 0 0 1 1 2 20y 252d 36 7
6 Thompson, Luke 4 4 7 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 21y 227d 14 2
5 Thompson, Scott 14 7 17 31 0 0 1 3 1 4 29y 192d 223 139
4 Tippett, Kurt 12 11 4 16 4 1 6 0 0 1 25y 137d 104 188
7 Van Berlo, Nathan 9 3 10 19 1 0 0 2 1 0 26y 108d 163 56
17 Vince, Bernie 18 7 3 21 0 0 0 0 1 0 26y 356d 108 67
13 Walker, Taylor 8 7 4 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 22y 150d 64 153
47 Wright, Matthew 9 7 9 18 0 0 0 2 1 1 22y 283d 41 33
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 213 115 150 363 14 8 45 39 22 24 25y 230d 2274 1389

Match highlights

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin kicked 5 behinds for Hawthorn against Adelaide (AFL, Premiership Season, 1PF)
69,146 attended Hawthorn vs. Adelaide at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, 1PF)

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.