GEELONG 3.5, 6.9, 9.14, 15.16 (106)
HAWTHORN 3.2, 5.9, 8.12, 12.15 (87)
Geelong: Hawkins 5, Johnson 3, Murdoch 2, Enright 2, Varcoe, McIntosh, Guthrie
Hawthorn: Gunston 3, Breust 3, Smith, Duryea, Hale, McEvoy, Rioli, Hallahan
Geelong: Johnson 34, Bartel 25, Stokes 24, Duncan 22
Hawthorn: Birchall 28, Simpkin 26, Mitchell 26, Hill 25
Order is restored!
After yet another classic between these two sides, that included no less than 10 lead changes, the Cats were triumphant again.
And ultimately Tom Hawkins and Steve Johnson were the difference.
The Hawkins-Kyle Cheney match-up always threatened to blow up in the Hawks' face and it most certainly did in the final quarter.
Hawkins kicked three of his five goals in the crucial final term - just as he did against Collingwood a few weeks ago to decide that match - and proved to be the difference once again.
The Tomahawk had 16 touches and 10 marks to go with his big bag of goals and was just an irrepressible force for the Cats.
The absence of Brian Lake and Ryan Schoenmakers were really telling for Hawthorn.
But while Hawkins split the game wide open after three-quarter time, Johnson was easily the Cats' best four-quarter performer and also laid claims on being the best on ground.
Stevie J had a game-high 34 disposals (11 contested), 10 marks, six clearances and three goals. He was quite simply outstanding and continued his great record against the Hawks.
Generally speaking, when they didn't have the ball, the Cats played the Hawks brilliantly and deprived the reigning premiers space to executve their precision disposal game style.
Geelong's pressure was fantastic as well and forced the Hawks into many kicking errors.
It forced Hawthorn to be uncharacteristically stagnant and they lacked their usual run.
Testament to that was the fact that the Hawks ended up with more disposals (356-329) - a factor that almost always would lead to a Hawthorn win.
Geelong ended up on top in contested possessions (144-134).
While Hawkins ran rampant for the Cats, Hawthorn's tall forwards had little impact and they relied more on Breust and Gunston to get the job done.
The Cats also showed why they're the best defensive team in the comp by restricting Hawthorn to just 87 points after averaging 129 points a game in the first month of the season.
James Kelly did an outstanding job in restricting Cyril Rioli to just seven disposals while Bartel (25 disposals), Jared Rivers and Harry Taylor played great games too.
Gunston, Breust, Grant Birchall (28 disposals) and Sam Mitchell (26) were Hawthorn's best players
Geelong have now started a season 5-0 for the third time in four years.
Hawthorn have not registered consecutive wins against Geelong since Round 4, 2007.
Q4 30 MIN, GEEL 106 HAW 87
Jordan Murdoch marks the Tom Hawkins pass and from 35m directly in front misses it after the siren. But it matters little. The Cats are 5-0 for the third time in four years and shoot to the top of the ladder!
Geelong lead by 18 points and there's only 70 seconds remaining. They are home, they've got the Hawks' measure again. Order is restored. The Hawks have now gone seven years without consecutive wins against Geelong.
Q4 28 MIN, GEEL 105 HAW 87
Jarryd Roughead's long bomb forward is marked by Harry Taylor. Just over two minutes remaining.
Q4 26 MIN, GEEL 105 HAW 87
Mitch Hallahan runs in and from 50m out directly in front kicks his first AFL goal. And what a time for it to come for Hawthorn! They are still a sniff. 3:23 left.
Q4 26 MIN, GEEL 105 HAW 81
Steve Johnson kicks a point.
Q4 25 MIN, GEEL 104 HAW 81
Steve Johnson marks the long bomb from Harry Taylor, lines up from 50m out and most probably kicks the match-winner for the Cats! Only 4:00 left in this one. Hawks need something really special here
Q4 23 MIN, GEEL 98 HAW 81
Enright slaps the ball on the boot again from 30m out and kicks a very similar goal to the one he kicked in the third quarter. Great work by Joel Selwood just prior which set up that opportunity.
6:39 remaining in this epic contest.
Q4 20 MIN, GEEL 92 HAW 81
Cyril Rioli bangs home a goal from point-blank range after winning a free kick and 50-metre penalty.
Q4 19 MIN, GEEL 92 HAW 75
Tom Hawkins is running rampant now. He takes another mark and from 35m out on a slight angle kicks his third final-quarter goal. He now has five for the match. He seriously is a clutch player the Tomahawk, a few weeks ago he kicked three goals in the final term against Collingwood to decide that match, you get the feeling he has just done the same thing here today against Hawthorn.
Less than nine minutes of playing time to go and you can rest assured that the Hawks will come again. Another grandstand finish is in the offing between these two sides.
The crowd is a season-best 80,222.
The momentum swings in this game have been dramatic, as they always are between these two sides.
Q4 16 MIN, GEEL 86 HAW 75
Tom Hawkins is too strong for Cheney again and outmarks the smaller Hawk 35m out in front.
Hawkins lines up and boots his fourth goal! What a big-time player he has become.Back to top
Tom Hawkins has had so many jumpers ripped today he has been forced to wear Josh Walker's No.34 jumper!
Q4 14 MIN, GEEL 80 HAW 75
Mathew Stokes' clever kick finds Jordan Murdoch 50m out.
Murdoch lines up from directly in front and kicks an absolutely magnificent goal!!
That's lead change number 10!
Q4 12 MIN, GEEL 74 HAW 75
Jack Gunston gives Tom Lonergan the slip to mark a Brad Hill pass.
But from 35m out on a very tight angle, Gunston JUST misses to the right-hand side.
Kyle Cheney was brave there! He was a sitting duck but stood his ground and although Hamish McIntosh crunched him from behind attempting to mark a Mathew Stokes kick 30m out from goal, the red-headed Hawk won the free kick.
She's all tied up!Back to top