Hawthorn moved further up the AFL ladder on Sunday after defeating Port Adelaide 16.12(108)-9.8.(62). Dominant from the onset, the Hawks are now a win away from the top-four after a lacklustre start to 2012.
Buddy Franklin didn’t kick 13, although he did collect 15 possessions and kick 4.4 but will unfortunately come under scrutiny of the AFL tribunal for a reckless sling tackle midway through the fourth quarter. Brad Sewell was best afield with 33 possessions and eight clearances while Birchall, Mitchell and Gibson each racked up 26, 25 and 24 possessions respectively.
It was a no love lost type of affair with both sides getting in on the pushing and shoving straight away. A few pack scuffles emerged until the Hawks kicked the opener via Bruest. They’d go on to kick six more the in opening term and set themselves up with a 46-21 lead at quarter-time. Bruest kicked two of them while Buddy, Puopolo and Gunston each added majors, but the highlight of the quarter belonged to Jarred Roughead who let a mark hit the deck in a one-on-one situation before turning and soccering through a goal from a near impossible angle. Schulz kicked two or Port’s three goals and kept them in touch.
Port tightened the screws in the second and held Hawthorn goalless for the first 10 minutes, but they too could not score. Gunston finally broke the deadlock and Buddy followed it up with a trademark goal on the run. He took a mark on the right forward flank and played on, sold his defender Carlisle some candy, ran around him and goaled. Stewart eased the pain for Port but the margin stretched even further by half-time, now at a difficult 31-points.
In game number 100, Westhoff found space between the two defensive lines as he streaked inside 50 to kicked one for Port but two quick goals to Buddy all but ensured a Hawks win. Roughead added the third, possibly bettering his earlier effort by snapping around the body from a similar angle.
Two good goals to substitute, and second gamer, Bradley Hill, opened it up for the Hawks before Port managed some garbage time action, but in the end Hawthorn ran away 46 point winners.