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Hawthorn playing one of their occasional home game at Marvel Stadium hosted the Brisbane Lions. The past few seasons the Hawks have maintained a 4-0 winning record against the Lions and come into this game having lost last week giving up a strong three-quarter time lead. The Lions were injury ravaged and looking vulnerable against the Hawks. The Hawks had plenty of the ball early under the Marvel roof, but their kicking options and disposal let them down. The taller Lions players giving them some trouble. On the first turnover, Lachie Neale, Charlie Cameron, and Eric Hipwood made the Hawks look unaccountable and slow, with Hipwood kicking an easy goal after getting out the back. The Hawks were lucky Brisbane missed two easy goals, and they were able to get things close to parity when Day hit Gunston on a fast lead in the pocket.  The veteran Hawk kicking his first goal against the side he played with in 2023.

The Hawks finally started reaping the rewards of their hard push forward; despite making it look like hard work, McKenzie ran around onto his right boot to goal from 25 meters out. The next quick entry to the pack saw Ginnivan rove the ball and a draw rare high contact free kick 15 meters out from goal. He kicked quickly for the Hawks third goal. They rode that momentum again with Will Day marking at the top of the arc and receiving a 50-meter penalty when Zorko impeded him after the mark, he goaled from point blank range. Hawthorn probably should have added another couple of goals for the quarter but would have to settle for a three-goal lead at quarter time.

The Lions started the second quarter well, a rare defensive error from James Sicily gave the ball straight to Morris who gladly accepted the gift, turned and goaled. Chol (with two) and Moore kicked goals for the Hawks after both lead well to great kicks from their midfielders in Worpel and Day. Sicily showed backmen can hit a lead too with a smart kick finding Dear in the pocket for four in a row to the Hawks. After earlier kicking two behinds that should have been goals, Charlie Cameron marked well deep in the pocket and kicked the Lions second for the quarter. The Lions backed up with another goal when Zac Bailey avoided a number of defenders before steadying to kick long for goal. Their work rate looked to have lifted and Morris added the third in a row from 40 meters out on a 30-degree angle. The Lions had run themselves back into the game, but the Hawks managed to get the ball deep to the square when Gunston was able to draw the free kick from high contact as he bent over the ball. The goal that followed gave the Hawks a four goal lead at the long break. 

The Lions pressed hard early in the third, a long behind to Daniher not quite the start they were looking for, but things were going their way in the contests and receiving free kicks.  A free to Cameron 35 meters out was again not helpful, however. The Hawks fared no better though as they ran the ball through the middle, but Weddle's kick drifted wide for a behind. It was Loman who was finally able to put one through the middle for the Lions bringing the deficit to less than three goals and minutes later he almost added another, but his snap was offline.  And then "two outta three aint bad" summed up his five minute period when he kicked another goal. The margin was back to single figures, after the Hawks lead by 6 goals in the second quarter, when Daniher kicked the Lions third for the quarter, his free kick coming after Sicily chopped his arms in the marking contest.

It took until the final minute of the quarter for the Hawks to kick their first goal of the term and it came with a burst of speed from Impey through the middle with a pass out in front of Gunston. He snapped around the body for a much needed goal for his team, who now held a very tenuous 8-point lead going into the last quarter. The Hawks midfield worked the ball up, just ahead of the Brisbane midfield before Newcombe was able to get a long kick to Dear who marked and kicked the set shot goal from 15 meters out. They needed to take that momentum forward and McDonald marked inside 50 and goaled to take their lead out to 19 points. Conor Nash ran through the middle of the ground and just avoided being caught, his long kick was marked by Chol who put the Hawks four goals in front. 

Zac Bailey roved a boundary throw in and dribbled the ball through the goals, with little fanfare, the Lion's first for the quarter. The Hawks steadied and when Breust found long time teammate Jack Gunston 20 meters out from goal, it looked like the Hawks would not give up a winning lead as they did last week against Port Adelaide. With three minutes on the clock Conor McKenna, hit Joe Daniher on a fast lead and he went back to kick the Lion's second for the quarter. The Hawks added a behind through McKenzie, and Breust ended up with the ball and a shot after the siren to take the final margin to 25 points and extend their winning run over the Lions to 5 straight wins.

HAWTHORN: 4.3 9.5 10.8  15.10 (100)
BRISBANE: 1.3 5.5  8.12 10.15  (75)

GOALS:
Hawthorn: Gunston 4, Chol 3, Dear 2, McDonald, Day, Ginnivan, Mackenzie, Moore, Breust
Brisbane: Lohmann 2, Bailey 2, Morris 2, Cameron, Daniher, Ryan

BEST:
Hawthorn: Gunston, Worpel, Day, Sicily, D'Ambrosio, Frost, Amon
Brisbane: Neale, Dunkley, Berry, Lohmann

INJURIES:
Hawthorn: Meek (ankle)
Brisbane: TBC

SUBSTITUTES:
Hawthorn: Luke Breust replaced Calsher Dear in the fourth quarter
Brisbane: Harry Sharp replaced Brandon Ryan at three-quarter time

Crowd: 29,664 at Marvel Stadium

Article last changed on Monday, May 27, 2024 - 4:49 PM EDT


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