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Close and Cameron Kick Four Each as Cats Crush Hawks

Hawks and Cats (Kim Densham/AFANA)

Hawthorn came to Kardinia Park today having won their last five matches. However, with injuries to key players in Sicily, Ginnivan, and Dear last week, they were left looking vulnerable going into today's match on Geelong's home turf.  The Cats, by contrast, lost Knevitt to illness, and had omitted Irishman Mark O'Connor for today's match. Hawthorn won the toss and elected to kick to the Players Stand. Today the clubs were using the yellow Sherrin ball (typically used at night under lights) on a gloomy afternoon at Kardinia Park. Tt looked like Geelong had plenty of practice on this ground under lights. From the first bounce the match could have been mistaken for a training drill, as Dangerfield ran it out of the centre and hit Cameron on a lead in the pocket. His shot though was off target for a minor score though.

Dangerfiled had another chance a minute later from the top of the 50 meter arc as Hawthorn failed to clear but the result was the same. Another minute on and another miss from Cameron as he marked and played on in the pocket. Next man up was Neale,

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Hawks Make Dockers Work Hard

Andrew Brayshaw (file photo)

The Hawthorn Hawks came to Optus Stadium as the underdogs but their game plan pushed the home team for most of the match. The Dockers had to work hard for the win as the Hawks applied heat around the ball and almost beat the Dockers at their own game. Fremantle welcomed back captain Nat Fyfe after a ten-month absence due to injury.

Fyfe was in the action at the first bounce down, knocking the ball from the Hawk's Sam Mitchell, which was gathered by Caleb Serong who kicked long to tall forward Rory Lobb, who marked (caught the ball) and booted the opening goal for the Dockers after just thirty seconds of play. Despite Dockers' ruckman, Sean Darcy, having the better of Hawthorn's ruckman Ned Reeves, the Hawks were able to get movement away from stoppages through solid clearance work by Conor Nash and Jaeger O'Meara.

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Hawks Kick Long To Take Down Roos

Sam Mitchell As A Player

Under new coach Sam Mitchell, Hawthorn looked to defy wooden spoon predictions with a first up win over the Kangaroos by 20 points at the MCG.  The new look 2022 Hawks kicked long and marked deep in the forward line with Lewis and Gunston the main targets.  North Melbourne debuted Horne-Smith and he looks a real prospect but a four goal run by the Hawks either side of the half time break was decisive. 

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