In full flight: Majak Daw gets his kick away in front of Mitch Hallahan. Photo: Getty Images
While Hawthorn got a much more competitive opponent than in its first NAB Challenge outing - against the Brisbane Lions - it delivered another football lesson as it downed North Melbourne 18.10 (118) to 8.5 (53) at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.
The Hawks were as brilliant at times as the Kangaroos were disappointing, as they won with ease, despite a mini-Roo fightback in the second quarter.
North applied the early pressure, but it was often misplaced, with three of Hawthorn's first four goals coming due to umpiring decisions.
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|Players||O'Brien (0.3.1), Langford (0.3.0), Shiels (0.3.0), Roughead (0.2.1), Gunston (0.1.1), Hale (0.1.1), Hallahan (0.1.1), Breust (0.1.0), Ceglar (0.1.0), Lewis (0.1.0), Simpkin (0.1.0), Hill (0.0.1), Ross (0.0.1)||Scorers||Black (0.3.2), Petrie (0.1.2), Thomas (0.1.1), Currie (0.1.0), Wells (0.1.0), Cunnington (0.0.1), Goldstein (0.0.1), Jacobs (0.0.1), McKenzie (0.0.1), Nahas (0.0.1)|
North Melbourne's tall forward structure of Drew Petrie, Daw, Aaron Black and Daniel Currie allowed Hawthorn's defensive runners to clear the ball with ease.
When North was able to run the ball out of defence to a much more open forward line, it got itself back into the game, but for all its good work it could not eat into the 30-point, quarter-time deficit.
The margin was 50 at the final break before the Hawks won by 65.
Hawthorn's pressure was first-rate and North had no answers. Liam Shiels, who had 14 touches and kicked three goals in the first term, finished with 30 disposals, while Sam Mitchell, Bradley Hill, Will Langford and Tim O'Brien (three goals) were also impressive.
Black was outstanding for the Roos with three goals, while Daniel Wells, Ben Cunnington, Nick Dal Santo and father-son pick Luke McDonald all tried hard.