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Hawthorn vs Geelong

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Round: 4   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Mon, 17-04-2017 3:20 pm   Crowd: 62,360  
Hawthorn 2.0.122.6.184.10.346.12.48 C:  Alastair Clarkson
Geelong 2.7.195.12.429.14.6820.14.134 C:  Chris Scott
  GEEL by 7GEEL by 24GEEL by 34GEEL by 86  
Weather
min temp  11.1°C      max temp  18.3°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  72%    air pressure  1021.9mb
wind speed 9km/h      wind direction  SSW
Brownlow Medal 3 Steven Motlop (GEEL)2 Mitch Duncan (GEEL)1 Zach Tuohy (GEEL)

Match Report

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.

GOALS
Hawthorn: Gunston, Sicily 2; Puopolo, Smith
Geelong: Hawkins 4, Motlop 3, Menzel 3, Duncan 2, Parsons 2, Cockatoo, Henderson, Stewart, Murdoch, Thurlow, Menegola

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
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

INJURIES
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

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Hawthorn Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
30 Brand, Kaiden 13 6 4 17 0 0 0 3 0 3 23y 9d 13 0
22 Breust, Luke 5 2 8 13 0 0 0 8 3 0 26y 157d 144 276
9 Burgoyne, Shaun 10 4 11 21 0 1 0 4 1 3 34y 178d 323 259
5 Burton, Ryan 11 2 8 19 0 0 0 4 0 0 20y 76d 7 2
12 Frawley, James 9 3 6 15 0 0 0 2 2 0 28y 209d 183 24
6 Gibson, Josh 7 4 10 17 0 0 0 1 1 2 33y 35d 217 5
19 Gunston, Jack 6 5 8 14 2 0 0 5 0 0 25y 183d 131 273
37 Hardwick, Blake 6 5 4 10 0 0 0 3 1 2 20y 71d 2 0
4 Hartung, Billy 8 4 10 18 0 1 0 4 1 0 22y 83d 47 23
31 Henderson, Ricky 10 5 11 21 0 0 0 2 1 0 28y 218d 94 43
15 Hodge, Luke 21 5 14 35 0 2 0 5 3 1 32y 306d 289 192
29 Langford, Will 4 2 10 14 0 0 0 3 0 2 24y 288d 50 17
7 McEvoy, Ben 8 7 8 16 0 0 18 5 2 0 27y 280d 150 58
3 Mitchell, Tom 12 5 20 32 0 1 0 10 2 3 23y 321d 69 39
23 O'Brien, Tim 2 1 3 5 0 0 6 4 0 1 23y 20d 19 14
28 Puopolo, Paul 3 2 3 6 1 1 0 5 1 0 29y 136d 137 139
33 Rioli, Cyril 10 3 1 11 0 1 0 5 1 1 27y 277d 182 271
2 Roughead, Jarryd 7 4 8 15 0 0 3 1 3 1 30y 84d 235 498
26 Shiels, Liam 11 3 13 24 0 0 0 3 1 2 25y 353d 146 49
21 Sicily, James 12 10 3 15 2 2 0 0 2 0 22y 101d 27 36
16 Smith, Isaac 17 9 13 30 1 0 0 4 0 1 28y 108d 139 113
24 Stratton, Ben 6 2 7 13 0 0 0 3 1 2 28y 47d 142 1
  Rushed   3  
  Totals 198 93 183 381 6 12 27 84 26 24 26y 244d 2746 2332
Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
46 Blicavs, Mark 1 0 14 15 0 0 10 1 0 2 26y 20d 94 26
5 Cockatoo, Nakia 11 2 2 13 1 1 0 2 1 0 20y 176d 23 16
35 Dangerfield, Patrick 9 3 18 27 0 1 0 6 5 3 27y 12d 182 194
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 6 19 32 2 0 0 3 0 2 25y 311d 139 108
29 Guthrie, Cameron 10 2 17 27 0 0 0 5 2 0 24y 241d 110 35
26 Hawkins, Tom 11 6 6 17 4 2 0 4 2 2 28y 270d 193 403
25 Henderson, Lachie 8 6 11 19 1 0 0 2 0 1 27y 124d 140 110
13 Lonergan, Tom 6 3 10 16 0 0 0 2 2 0 32y 335d 190 55
4 Mackie, Andrew 12 7 9 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 32y 253d 261 97
27 Menegola, Sam 13 5 18 31 1 0 0 10 0 1 25y 41d 10 7
10 Menzel, Daniel 10 4 4 14 3 2 0 0 2 3 25y 216d 45 82
32 Motlop, Steven 17 2 16 33 3 1 0 4 4 1 26y 36d 116 161
21 Murdoch, Jordan 6 0 9 15 1 2 0 4 0 0 25y 25d 74 53
3 Parfitt, Brandan 6 4 8 14 0 1 0 7 2 1 18y 355d 4 2
34 Parsons, James 8 4 13 21 2 1 0 1 0 1 20y 5d 2 2
36 Ruggles, Tom 4 2 5 9 0 0 0 1 0 4 24y 357d 22 0
14 Selwood, Joel 10 0 16 26 0 0 0 11 2 1 28y 326d 232 139
9 Smith, Zac 5 2 3 8 0 0 41 1 0 1 27y 54d 90 44
44 Stewart, Tom 3 1 5 8 1 0 0 1 0 1 24y 33d 4 1
7 Taylor, Harry 11 5 9 20 0 3 0 2 0 1 30y 309d 208 45
40 Thurlow, Jackson 7 3 8 15 1 0 0 1 0 1 23y 20d 33 8
2 Tuohy, Zach 16 6 6 22 0 0 0 4 2 0 27y 128d 124 41
  Totals 197 73 226 423 20 14 51 74 24 26 26y 17d 2296 1629

Footnotes

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