|Brownlow Medal||3 Steven Motlop (GEEL)||2 Mitch Duncan (GEEL)||1 Zach Tuohy (GEEL)|
Some thought that Hawthorn's golden era ended when it went out in 'straight sets' in last year's finals against Geelong and the Western Bulldogs. Others reserved their judgement. But with each passing week in the 2017, the number who believe the Hawks' time at the top isn't yet over has steadily dropped and after their thumping at the hands of Geelong on Easter Monday, very few must still believe that they will play a major part this season.
The Hawks remained in touch with Geelong for two and a half quarters on Monday, but this was more due to the Cats' early inaccuracy than anything else, and they were blown away in the last 40 minutes of the match, losing for a second week in a row by 86 points. Geelong, in contrast, look like being a premiership contender once more, on the top of the ladder and undefeated.
Geelong dominated the first 10 minutes of the match and in that period Hawthorn did not once get the ball inside its forward 50. But the Cats squandered its dominance, kicking 1.4, the only goal going to Tom Hawkins. The Hawks gradually worked their way into the match and a goal-of-the-year contender from Jack Gunston had them within four points after 13 minutes. Mitch Duncan goaled to take Geelong's lead out to 10 again but Paul Puopolo responded once more and it was again four points the difference. The Cats finished the quarter as they had started it, dominant but inaccurate, adding three further points to lead 2.7 to 2.0 at the first end-change.
Behinds were the order of the day for both sides early in the second quarter, the two sides alternating until Geelong led 2.11 to 2.3 after 17 minutes. Finally, at the 18-minute mark, Nakia Cockatoo broke the drought when he marked and kicked straight, putting the Cats four points clear. Dan Menzel followed up with another goal five minutes later, and when Lachie Henderson added a further major 26 minutes in, Geelong led by 26. The Hawks added a couple of points before the long break, and it was the Cats by four goals at the half.
Hawthorn looked an improved outfit early in the third term, adding 1.2 to nil in the first five minutes to cut the deficit to 16 points. Tom Stewart drifted forward to kick his first AFL goal to restore a 22-point buffer for the Cats. But Hawthorn came again, adding a goal through James Sicily and a couple of behinds, and it was only 14 points the difference early in time on. Geelong reset after that, and dominated the late minutes of the quarter, with goals to Hawkins, Menzel and James Parsons seeing the Cats out to a 33-point lead at the last change.
As soon as the last quarter began, it was readily apparent that Hawthorn's resistance had ended in the third quarter. That Cats went on a scoring rampage, forgetting their previous inaccuracy issues to kick 11 goals without a miss, the Hawks adding only 2.2 to slump to another thrashing.
Best for the Cats was Mitch Duncan, who picked up 32 possessions and took four marks, while the old warrior Luke Hodge (35 disposals, five tackles) never gave up for Hawthorn.
Geelong is flying a will be favourites to make it 5-0 when it meets St Kilda at Docklands on Sunday. Hawthorn will meet West Coast at the MCG on the same day, the Hawks perhaps able to take some solace from the fact that the Eagles' recent record at the venue is very poor.
Hawthorn: Gunston, Sicily 2; Puopolo, Smith
Geelong: Hawkins 4, Motlop 3, Menzel 3, Duncan 2, Parsons 2, Cockatoo, Henderson, Stewart, Murdoch, Thurlow, Menegola
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Hawthorn: Sicily, Hodge, Mitchell, Smith, Brand
Geelong: Duncan, Henderson, Selwood, Motlop, Menegola, Menzel
BEST - THE AGE
Hawthorn: Hodge, Smith, Mitchell
Geelong: Duncan, Motlop, Tuohy, Dangerfield, Henderson, Guthrie
Hawthorn: Gibson (cut head)
Geelong: Ruggles (concussion), Dangerfield (corked hip)
REPORTS: Menegola for rough conduct on Hodge. Parsons for rough conduct on Hodge.
UMPIRES: Donlon, Stephens, Chamberlein
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Bruce McAvaney, Hamish McLachlan, Leigh Matthews, Cameron Ling, Brad Sewell
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
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