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Rioli magic takes game from Dons

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Undermanned Hawks get the job done

Hawthorn pulled a win out of the fire when they snatched a last minute win over Essendon.

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HAWTHORN 4.1 9.3 9.7 13.12 (90) ESSENDON 1.5 3.7 9.10 12.14 (86)
GOALS: Hawthorn: Rioli 2, Breust 2, Suckling 2, Hill, Hale, Gunston, Lewis, Roughead, Simpkin, Puopolo. Essendon: Ambrose 3, Carlisle 2, Hardingham 2, Stanton, Zaharakis, Hocking, Merrett, Chapman. BEST: Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Gibson, Rioli, Hill, Smith, McEvoy, Suckling, Birchall. Essendon: Goddard, Hibberd, Chapman, Gleeson, Hooker, Ambrose, Heppell, Watson.
INJURIES: Hawthorn: Mitchell (calf) replaced in selected side by Litherland, Hodge (groin). Essendon: Ryder (ankle).
UMPIRES: Ryan, Meredith, Chamberlain. CROWD: 44,163 at Etihad Stadium.

They had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

That was Hawthorn’s night. Masterful for a half, destroyed for a quarter, valiant in a comeback. The Hawks were behind when the ball was smuggled forward and kicked with a toe-poke from a cluster of legs to the forward sprite who spun and turned and curled in the goal that re-established the lead and reasserted the dominance his side had comfortably had for a half, and not so comfortably  tried to reclaim in the last quarter.

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AFL Round 2: Essendon v Hawthorn

After a big win last week Essendon takes on the Hawthorn in another Round 2 blockbuster at Etihad Stadium. Age photographer Pat Scala was at the game to capture all the action. Photo: Pat Scala

Time
Q4 30:55
Team
EFC
Score
12.14.86
Team
HFC
Score
13.12.90
Essendon versus Hawthorn
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Players Ambrose (3.0), Carlisle (2.2), Hardingham (2.0), Hocking (1.1), Zaharakis (1.1), Chapman (1.0), Merrett (1.0), Stanton (1.0), Howlett (0.2), Daniher (0.1), Hibberd (0.1), Myers (0.1) Scorers Rioli (2.3), Breust (2.1), Suckling (2.0), Gunston (1.2), Hale (1.1), Hill (1.1), Lewis (1.0), Puopolo (1.0), Roughead (1.0), Simpkin (1.0), Shiels (0.2), Langford (0.1)

Between times, Essendon was gallant - the word for sides that lose without really deserving it. 

It was a match in which the Hawks lost their captain and most important defender, while Essendon lost its ruckman - another one - and theoretically most significant component. 

Essendon matched Hawthorn for endeavour and attack, desperation and desire for the entire night. It did not match the reigning premier in ability to kick and make the right choices for half the night. It was the difference in the end. 

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal. Photo: Pat Scala

The Bombers should have led at the first change: they had more of the ball; five centre clearances to one, five more inside-50s, and more shots at goal. The reason they weren’t was clear in one regard - they kicked 1.5 and a couple more out on the full. Jake Carlisle pushed one across goal from four metres out.

The other reason was equally clear, Hawthorn went inside its attacking 50 with purpose and clear-eyed, clean-skilled delivery. Essendon was slow to move the ball forward - halted in its tracks by Hawthorn - then lobbed balls long and high to the goal square.

The Hawks are the best kicking side in the competition and it was the ability to find the kick to match the vision that was the difference in the teams. 

There was a sense as Hawthorn assailed Essendon in the first half that the Bombers might have preferred things when Lance Franklin was at the Hawks. At least then they knew where most of the danger was coming from. Franklin had 50 goals in 10 games against the Dons, so they knew where most of the assaults were being directed, even if they were largely powerless to defend against them. 

This time they had a rolling list of targets to combat. David Hale, Jack Gunston and Jarryd Roughead shuffled up and down the forward line taking turns, and at other times Shaun Burgoyne became another target. The Hawks had four different goalkickers in the first quarter, eight to half-time. 

Then the change came. Essendon returned for the third term and learnt the lesson of the first. It challenged Hawthorn with run, moved the ball sharply, pushed hard up at Hawthorn players to stop their run and brought a hesitation to their game.  Brendon Goddard marshalled the back line and dispatched Dyson Heppell on rebounding runs, Michael Hibberd was industrious, and Martin Gleeson played all night with a maturity that matched his energy.

Even when they had been trailing, the Bombers had been competitive. They were playing slowly and crudely, they were playing a little stupidly, but they weren’t being beaten for the ball or losing in the contest. They were just  kicking poorly and making some poor choices.

When they began taking the game on, they forced Hawthorn to be hesitant. Having only managed three goals for a half, they kicked six goals for the third quarter. David Zaharakis’ first was a settler, Carlisle’s was generous from a free kick against Luke Hodge for deliberate out of bounds when he tried to rush a behind, but when Patrick Ambrose rattled two in a minute, the Bombers had belief.  Brent Stanton made good Paul Chapman’s chip, and Heath Hocking put them in front.

Trading blows in the last, the Dons held on ... until Cyril intervened.

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Hawthorn pulled a win out of the fire when they snatched a last minute win over Essendon.

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After a big win last week Essendon takes on the Hawthorn in another Round 2 blockbuster at Etihad Stadium. Age photographer Pat Scala was at the game to capture all the action.

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Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

Ruck dilemma for Bombers

Essendon will likely take a makeshift ruck division into the big round-three clash with Carlton.

Hawthorn's great escape

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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Round 1
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CAR 78 vs RIC 105 19:20MCG
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MEL 115 vs GCF 89 13:40MCG
SYD 72 vs ESS 60 16:35ANZ
BRI 74 vs COL 86 19:20G
WBU 97 vs WCE 87 19:20ES
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 78 vs GWS 87 13:10ES
ADE 140 vs NTH 63 15:20Adelaide Oval
FRE 75 vs PTA 68 18:40Domain Stadium
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
HAW 123 vs GEE 61 15:20MCG
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Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
WCE 131 vs CAR 62 20:10Domain Stadium
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RIC 66 vs WBU 85 13:45MCG
GWS 101 vs MEL 56 14:10SO
COL 63 vs ADE 90 16:35ES
GCF 76 vs STK 104 19:20MS
PTA 44 vs SYD 92 19:40Adelaide Oval
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GEE 60 vs FRE 104 13:10SS
ESS 78 vs HAW 76 15:20MCG
NTH 133 vs BRI 51 16:40ES
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COL 140 vs STK 66 19:50MCG
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CAR 84 vs ESS 105 13:45MCG
ADE 80 vs MEL 55 14:10Adelaide Oval
SYD 111 vs GWS 90 16:35SCG
NTH 105 vs PTA 113 19:20ES
BRI 58 vs RIC 137 19:20G
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HAW 127 vs WBU 57 13:10AS
GEE 105 vs GCF 96 15:20SS
WCE 81 vs FRE 111 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
RIC 51 vs MEL 83 19:50MCG
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
STK 81 vs CAR 121 11:10NZ
ESS 49 vs COL 69 14:40MCG
GWS 119 vs GCF 53 17:40SO
PTA 99 vs HAW 91 19:40Adelaide Oval
FRE 74 vs SYD 60 20:45Domain Stadium
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GEE 67 vs NTH 83 15:20SS
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CAR 45 vs COL 120 19:50MCG
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SYD 73 vs WBU 77 14:10SCG
GCF 118 vs BRI 54 16:35MS
NTH 70 vs HAW 130 19:20ES
WCE 120 vs GWS 33 19:40Domain Stadium
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STK 80 vs ESS 82 15:20ES
ADE 91 vs PTA 115 16:40Adelaide Oval
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Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
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Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
NTH vs RIC 13:45BA
WBU vs STK 14:10ES
GWS vs HAW 16:35Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ADE 17:10MS
MEL vs SYD 19:20MCG
FRE vs ESS 20:10Domain Stadium
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HAW vs MEL 14:10MCG
CAR vs GWS 16:35ES
SYD vs GEE 19:20ANZ
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RIC vs COL 15:20MCG
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STK vs WCE 13:45ES
GWS vs ADE 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs COL 16:35MS
HAW vs SYD 19:20MCG
FRE vs NTH 19:40Domain Stadium
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ESS vs BRI 13:10ES
MEL vs WBU 15:20MCG
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SYD vs CAR 19:50SCG
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
HAW vs GCF 13:45AS
MEL vs PTA 14:10TIO Traeger Park
WBU vs GWS 16:35ES
RIC vs ESS 19:20MCG
ADE vs FRE 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
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COL vs NTH 15:20MCG
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FRE vs RIC 20:10Domain Stadium
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
CAR vs ADE 13:40MCG
GCF vs SYD 16:35MS
ESS vs GEE 19:20ES
PTA vs WBU 19:40Adelaide Oval
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NTH vs WCE 15:20BA
STK vs HAW 16:40ES
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GCF vs FRE 13:40MS
WCE vs ESS 16:35Domain Stadium
NTH vs SYD 19:20ES
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GWS vs NTH 16:35Spotless Stadium
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SYD vs RIC 19:50SCG
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BRI vs ADE 16:35G
STK vs WBU 19:20ES
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Thu, 02 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs PTA 19:20SCG
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COL vs HAW 19:50MCG
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
RIC vs GWS 13:40MCG
GCF vs NTH 16:35MS
WBU vs CAR 19:20ES
MEL vs WCE 19:40TIO
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ESS vs STK 13:10ES
ADE vs GEE 15:20Adelaide Oval
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Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
ESS vs MEL 13:40MCG
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NTH vs GEE 19:20ES
WCE vs ADE 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
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HAW vs FRE 15:20AS
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GCF vs GWS 14:10MS
COL vs WCE 16:35ES
SYD vs HAW 19:20ANZ
FRE vs CAR 19:40Domain Stadium
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PTA vs ADE 15:20Adelaide Oval
STK vs RIC 16:40ES
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ADE vs GCF 14:10Adelaide Oval
RIC vs FRE 16:35MCG
ESS vs PTA 19:20ES
BRI vs NTH 19:20G
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
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MEL vs STK 15:20MCG
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HAW vs RIC 19:50MCG
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs BRI 13:45SS
COL vs MEL 14:10MCG
SYD vs ADE 16:35SCG
CAR vs NTH 19:20ES
GCF vs WCE 19:20MS
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ESS vs WBU 15:20ES
FRE vs GWS 16:40Domain Stadium
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COL vs CAR 13:45MCG
WBU vs PTA 14:10ES
BRI vs GCF 16:35G
GEE vs SYD 19:20SS
WCE vs HAW 19:40Domain Stadium
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
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GWS vs ESS 15:20Spotless Stadium
STK vs FRE 16:40ES
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Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
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Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
ESS vs ADE 13:45ES
NTH vs STK 14:10BA
PTA vs GWS 16:35Adelaide Oval
GEE vs HAW 19:20MCG
BRI vs CAR 19:20G
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
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WBU vs MEL 15:20ES
FRE vs WCE 16:40Domain Stadium
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HAW vs PTA 19:50ES
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
COL vs RIC 13:45MCG
GWS vs SYD 14:10Spotless Stadium
GCF vs ESS 16:35MS
STK vs GEE 19:20ES
ADE vs BRI 19:40Adelaide Oval
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
NTH vs FRE 13:10ES
CAR vs MEL 15:20MCG
WCE vs WBU 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
GEE vs COL 19:50MCG
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
GWS vs CAR 13:45Spotless Stadium
HAW vs BRI 14:10AS
NTH vs WBU 16:35ES
ESS vs RIC 19:20MCG
GCF vs PTA 19:20MS
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
ADE vs WCE 13:10Adelaide Oval
STK vs SYD 15:20ES
FRE vs MEL 16:40Domain Stadium
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Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
COL vs ESS 00:00MCG
RIC vs NTH 00:00ES
HAW vs CAR 00:00MCG
GEE vs ADE 00:00SS
SYD vs GCF 00:00SCG
MEL vs GWS 00:00ES
BRI vs WBU 00:00G
PTA vs FRE 00:30Adelaide Oval
WCE vs STK 02:00Domain Stadium
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Overall standings
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Fremantle 5 5 0 0 151.10 20
Collingwood 5 4 1 0 147.53 16
Western Bulldogs 5 4 1 0 104.75 16
Hawthorn 5 3 2 0 149.86 12
West Coast Eagles 5 3 2 0 145.92 12
Sydney Swans 5 3 2 0 118.26 12
Adelaide Crows 5 3 2 0 111.40 12
GWS Giants 5 3 2 0 102.87 12
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