TWO second-quarter shots for idea – one of them unusual and one of them unusually bad – went a prolonged approach to summing adult Hawthorn’s hard-fought 19-point win over a rival Western Bulldogs during Aurora Stadium.
The initial came 15 mins into a tenure when Hawk Kyle Cheney was on a finish of a 50m chastisement that took him to a tip of a idea square. Inexplicably, he missed, to a transparent disappointment – and undoubted startle – of a crowd.
It was demonstrative of a greedy initial half that had a satisfactory share of defensive vigour and some fascinating match-ups, though lacked in terms of genuine highlights.
Then, 8 mins later, roughly on cue, Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge incited sameness into something magnificent.
There was an component of fitness to it, sure, though Hodge’s 65m tub idea from inside a centre block was an comprehensive cracker.
It wasn’t usually a stretch of Hodge’s kick, it was also a fact that it had come about a tough way, when he smothered an attempted flog from Ryan Griffen, with a round alighting in his hands again, and afterwards he launched a large flog for goal.
The contrariety between a dual shots during idea could not have been some-more stark. It was one of those arrange of games – a good churned in with a not-so-good; a mistakes infrequently overshadowing a magic.
Hawthorn was clearly always unfailing to win this competition – a 14th of a deteriorate – though it was forced to do it a tough way.
The Bulldogs practical vigour roughly from a outset, and confirmed it, though usually couldn’t broach adequate torpedo blows.
The final dual weeks have shown a Bulldogs can compare it – during times – with severely good opposition.
When they learnt to do that though any mid-game dips in focus, they might even explain a good scalp in a entrance weeks.
Griffen was outstanding, racking adult 37 touches and finishing with dual goals in nonetheless another best afield performance.
Jordan Lewis was a clever performer for a Hawks, as was Hodge, who had an intriguing duel with immature Bulldog Mitch Wallis.
Brad Sewell returned to form in his initial diversion behind given being forsaken to a VFL, after being a late inclusion for a ill Sam Mitchell.
The Hawks kicked 3 goals in a initial 11 mins and had 4 on a house by quarter-time.
But a Bulldogs fought tough to extent their rival’s outlay for a subsequent dual and bit buliding and would have done some-more of an sense on a scoreboard if they had not squandered some chances.
Hawthorn managed usually goals in a second tenure (including one from Hodge’s sepulchral boot) and usually one in a third tenure (to Brendan Whitecross), as Brendan McCartney’s group threatened to means an Apple Isle upset.
Part of a onslaught came with a Bulldogs locking down on a Hawks’ forwards, including Cyril Rioli, who had to continue Liam Picken’s tighten courtesy all afternoon.
When Griffen nailed a idea from 40m, a Bulldogs trailed by 10 points during a 20-minute-mark of a third tenure though it would infer a wake-up call for a Hawks.
Hawthorn seemed to put a emanate over doubt when they kicked a opening 4 goals of a final tenure – dual of them to underling Jonathan Simpkin – and during one theatre pushed out to a 44-point advantage.
Yet in gripping with this bizarre and vacillating game, a Dogs finished tough with 4 goals to revoke a domain to what it had been for most of a day.