AFL

Geelong
15.16.106
Hawthorn
12.15.87
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Geelong
Hawthorn
Q1
3.5.23
3.2.20

    Geelong Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, T.Varcoe
  • 7 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 9 mins - Behind, A.Mackie
  • 15 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 20 mins - Behind, G.Burbury
  • 25 mins - Goal, S.Johnson
  • 28 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins
  • 30 mins - Behind, H.McIntosh

    Geelong and Hawthorn Events

  • 4 mins - Goal, J.Gunston
  • 11 mins - Goal, I.Smith
  • 18 mins - Goal, J.Gunston
  • 22 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 27 mins - Behind, P.Puopolo
Q2
6.9.45
5.9.39

    Geelong Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, S.Johnson
  • 10 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 11 mins - Behind, H.McIntosh
  • 12 mins - Goal, C.Guthrie
  • 13 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 19 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins
  • 24 mins - Goal, H.McIntosh

    Geelong and Hawthorn Events

  • 1 mins - Behind, M.Suckling
  • 3 mins - Behind, L.Breust
  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 5 mins - Behind, D.Hale
  • 10 mins - Behind, J.Roughead
  • 14 mins - Goal, T.Duryea
  • 17 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 26 mins - Goal, D.Hale
  • 28 mins - Behind, J.Gunston
Q3
9.14.68
8.12.60

    Geelong Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, C.Enright
  • 6 mins - Behind, G.Burbury
  • 14 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 15 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 20 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins
  • 21 mins - Goal, J.Murdoch
  • 26 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 32 mins - Behind, G.Horlin-Smith

    Geelong and Hawthorn Events

  • 5 mins - Behind, J.Roughead
  • 9 mins - Goal, B.McEvoy
  • 12 mins - Behind, L.Breust
  • 13 mins - Goal, L.Breust
  • 22 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 29 mins - Goal, L.Breust
Q4
15.16.106
12.15.87

    Geelong Events

  • 9 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 14 mins - Goal, J.Murdoch
  • 16 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 19 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 23 mins - Goal, C.Enright
  • 25 mins - Goal, S.Johnson
  • 26 mins - Behind, S.Johnson
  • 31 mins - Behind, J.Murdoch

    Geelong and Hawthorn Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, L.Breust
  • 3 mins - Behind, C.Rioli
  • 6 mins - Goal, J.Gunston
  • 10 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 13 mins - Behind, J.Gunston
  • 20 mins - Goal, C.Rioli
  • 27 mins - Goal, M.Hallahan

Scorers

Geelong
Hawthorn
Goal Scorers Geelong Hawthorn
Goals and Behinds Hawkins (5.3), Johnson (3.1), Murdoch (2.1), Enright (2.0), McIntosh (1.2), Guthrie (1.0), Varcoe (1.0), Burbury (0.2), Horlin-Smith (0.1), Mackie (0.1) Breust (3.2), Gunston (3.2), Hale (1.1), Rioli (1.1), Duryea (1.0), Hallahan (1.0), McEvoy (1.0), Smith (1.0), Roughead (0.2), Puopolo (0.1), Suckling (0.1)

Team Statistics

Geelong
Hawthorn

Statistics

Geelong Hawthorn
Goals 15 12
Behinds 16 15
Scoring shots 35 27
Goals/scoring shots 43 44
Disposals 329 356
GeelongGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
J.Bartel 25 15 9 10 10 6 1 1 0 1
M.Blicavs 8 4 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 0
G.Burbury 11 4 3 7 3 3 0 0 0 0
M.Duncan 22 14 8 8 11 3 1 0 0 2
C.Enright 16 10 2 6 7 2 1 0 0 3
C.Guthrie 14 10 2 4 8 7 1 0 0 2
T.Hawkins 16 10 10 6 11 2 0 0 0 0
G.Horlin-Smith 15 8 2 7 12 2 4 0 0 3
T.Hunt 15 9 2 6 6 6 2 2 0 0
S.Johnson 34 20 10 14 11 2 0 2 0 6
J.Kelly 15 11 3 4 6 2 0 1 0 0
T.Lonergan 4 0 1 4 2 1 0 1 0 0
A.Mackie 12 6 2 6 5 1 1 0 0 2
H.McIntosh 17 10 6 7 11 3 1 2 14 4
J.Murdoch 13 10 4 3 6 3 1 2 0 1
J.Rivers 14 6 7 8 6 2 0 0 0 1
J.Selwood 20 13 1 7 14 2 3 3 0 8
J.Sheringham 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
D.Simpson 6 3 0 3 4 6 0 2 19 1
M.Stokes 24 12 3 12 5 2 1 0 0 2
H.Taylor 16 11 8 5 5 1 1 1 0 0
T.Varcoe 10 4 1 6 0 5 1 0 0 0
HawthornGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
G.Birchall 28 16 5 12 5 0 0 1 0 1
L.Breust 13 7 2 6 7 2 2 0 0 0
S.Burgoyne 16 7 4 9 5 6 2 1 0 3
K.Cheney 17 10 4 7 8 3 1 0 0 0
T.Duryea 14 8 5 6 5 2 0 1 0 0
J.Gibson 14 8 5 6 2 3 1 0 0 0
J.Gunston 15 10 9 5 9 2 0 1 0 0
D.Hale 13 5 4 8 8 3 1 1 16 2
M.Hallahan 6 4 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1
B.Hill 25 12 4 13 5 3 0 1 0 1
L.Hodge 21 13 7 8 2 2 0 1 0 1
W.Langford 13 4 0 9 5 4 0 0 0 3
J.Lewis 21 7 3 14 11 2 0 3 5 8
B.McEvoy 8 3 3 5 6 3 1 1 8 2
S.Mitchell 26 19 1 7 9 3 4 1 0 6
P.Puopolo 14 8 1 6 7 8 1 1 0 2
C.Rioli 7 5 3 2 5 5 1 1 0 1
J.Roughead 15 12 3 3 9 0 0 1 1 2
J.Simpkin 26 12 6 14 11 3 2 2 0 1
I.Smith 19 11 2 8 5 0 1 1 0 1
B.Stratton 6 2 1 4 2 5 0 0 0 0
M.Suckling 19 12 4 7 6 0 0 1 0 1

Match Details

Geelong
Hawthorn
START TIME
3:20PM
WEATHER
Cloudy with isloated showers
VENUE
MCG
Umpires
Ben Ryan, Simon Meredith, Ray Chamberlain

Tom Hawkins stars as Cats beat Hawks

GEELONG 3.5 6.9 9.14 15.16 (106) HAWTHORN 3.2 5.9 8.12 12.15 (87)
GOALS Geelong: Hawkins 5, Johnson 3, Enright 2, Murdoch 2, Guthrie, McIntosh, Varcoe. Hawthorn: Gunston 3, Breust 3, McEvoy, Rioli, Hale, Smith, Hallahan, Duryea.
BEST Geelong: Hawkins, Taylor, Johnson, Bartel, McIntosh, Selwood, Duncan. Hawthorn: Birchall, Mitchell, Hill, Gunston, Hodge, Smith.
UMPIRES Ryan, Meredith, Chamberlain.
CROWD 80,222 at MCG.

The dance goes on, exquisitely as ever. The stakes were, as always, high. On the line was top spot, an unbeaten record, and beyond that, a sense of an extra premium between these clubs anyway, made manifest in what is colloquially and euphemistically called a bit of niggle, all played for the delectation of by far the biggest crowd of the season.

Steve Johnson and Jordan Lewis go head-to-head.
Steve Johnson and Jordan Lewis go head-to-head. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Square-shouldered, square-jawed Tom Hawkins settled this one with an unarguable three-goal, last-quarter wrench. By the end of the match, courtesy of a wardrobe malfunction, he was wearing guernsey No. 34, and somehow that was appropriate; by then, he must have looked like two players to Hawthorn, and especially poor Kyle Cheney, who was not so much mismatched as stood over.

It was the breaking point that - characteristically in these clashes - seemingly would never come until suddenly, it did. But victory to the Cats is the home-and-away status quo in this rivalry. Hawthorn saves its scarce triumphs for deep in September. In the end, they resolved nothing this day except the four points, the least bounty on offer. They never do; that's the beauty of this competition within a competition.

Informing and driving this match was the certainty that each has a lust for the fixture and occasion, and an intimate knowledge of the other's game. They should; they've probably spent as much time these last seven or eight years studying each other's game as their own. One play in the third quarter typified all. The perennial Stevie Johnson materialised from nowhere to intercept a handball and shovel the ball back to the super-perennial Corey Enright. This lifetime half-back would kick two goals this day, but now jabbed a kick out on the full. Johnson again intercepted the inbound Hawthorn kick, played on, made to shimmy around the generalissimo Luke Hodge in their umpteenth confrontation on a football ground, but had his kick smothered and the Hawks escaped, this time.

It was not an incidental passage of play. One aspect of this titanic clash was both a feature and an insight. Hawks and Cats move the ball on not just by kicks and handballs, but by taps, pushes, paddles, flicks and other intelligent deflections to teammates on their wavelengths. It means at very least that some players are betrayed by statistics. More to the point, it made this day for a less cluttered and congested contest than most this season. Some teams play for stoppages; Hawthorn and Geelong play for premierships.

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First and last, it was Hawthorn's precise kicking game against Geelong's run and gun, also the Cats' height advantage.

The Hawks' first three goals were obtained from passes that might have been measured off by a theodolite. But Hawkins' towering mark and goal was so ominous it rumbled, and the noise was like distant, but nearing thunder for the rest of the match.

Duly, Geelong silted up the space into which Hawthorn's forwards were leading, and the Hawks clogged up the space into which the Cats were running - Hawthorn full-forward Jack Gunston was regularly seen on the last line of defence - and the contrast between teams became less distinct. It was heart versus heart, will versus will, and in these they were also peers and equals.

Intuition rather than data said Geelong looked the likelier team, but it never could expand its lead much beyond two goals, and in the back of all minds was the way the Hawks were beaten by Essendon and somehow were not. Two more finely threaded passes, from Sam Mitchell to David Hale, Hale to Gunston at the start of the last quarter suddenly edged the Hawks in front.

Tom Hawkins starred against the Hawks.
Tom Hawkins starred against the Hawks. Photo: Getty Images

Then an old football verity asserted itself. The fast men's legs jellied and slowed, but the big men did not grow shorter.

Cheney should be paid double time for the jobs he has undertaken this season in the continuing absence of key defenders Brian Lake and Ryan Schoenmakers: Jonathan Brown, Jake Carlisle and Matthew Pavlich to start with, and now Hawkins. Twice, Hawkins outbustled Cheney for marks and goals, then clamped another pack mark for a third. Jordan Murdoch, Johnson and Enright provided the embellishments, and magically, like a Johnson lookaway handpass, the margin was decisive.

The football world can cherish the certainty that like Easter and its chocolates, Geelong v Hawthorn will come again. August 23: book it now.