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 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.
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 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.
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.
Q4 10 MIN, GEEL 74 HAW 74
Tom Lonergan's handball to Taylor Hunt ends up behind the Hawthorn goal line for a rushed behind.
Q4 9 MIN, GEEL 74 HAW 73
Tom Hawkins too strong for Kyle Cheney again and the big Cat marks it in the forward pocket.
He then proceeds to snap truly and the Cats are now back in front! That's eight lead changes now.
Q4 6 MIN, GEEL 68 HAW 73
David Hale spots up Jack Gunston beautifully who marks it 45m out.
Gunston lines them up and from just outside 50 he sneaks it in for his third goal! The Hawks are back in front.
Luke Hodge has already had five touches in this final quarter. Geelong have had five in total!
Ben McEvoy has been subbed out of the match and debutant Mitch Hallahan gets his first taste of senior footy.
Q4 1 MIN, GEEL 68 HAW 66
Hodge and Burgoyne combined to set up Luke Breust who snaps his third second-half goal from 20m out.
Geelong's Jackson Sheringham has been subbed on at the expense of Andrew Mackie.
GEELONG 3.5, 6.9, 9.14 (68)
HAWTHORN 3.2, 5.9, 8.12 (60)
Geelong: Johnson 2, Hawkins 2, Varcoe, McIntosh, Guthrie, Murdoch, Enright
Hawthorn: Gunston 2, Breust 2, Smith, Duryea, Hale, McEvoy
Geelong: Johnson 26, Duncan 21, Bartel 20, Stokes 17
Hawthorn: Mitchell 22, Birchall 21, Simpkin 20, Hill 19
This blockbuster match has certainly lived up to the hype so far!
And Geelong find themselves in front for a number of reasons.
Their tall forwards are causing the Hawks plenty of headaches. The absence of Brian Lake and Ryan Schoenmakers has been really telling.
Conversely, the Hawks tall forwards have had little impact and they have relied more on Breust and Gunston to get the job done.
Geelong's pressure has also been fantastic. They're simply not allowing Hawthorn to play their customary precision passing game style and forcing the Hawks into many kicking errors.
Hawthorn have also been uncharacteristically stagnant and have lacked their usual run
The Cats are also showing why they're the best defensive team in the comp by restricting Hawthorn to just 60 points at three-quarter time. The Hawks have averaged 129 points a game in the first month of the season.
Steve Johnson has ran rampant with 26 disposals (10 contested), six marks and six clearances.
Sam Mitchell (22 touches) hasn't really been hampered by Cam Guthrie's tag.
And James Kelly has completely shut down Cyril Riolie (five disposals).
Q3 32 MIN, GEEL 68 HAW 60
With four second left in the quarter, George Horlin-Smith wins a free kick 30m out after being slid into by Grant Birchall.
But GHS shanks his shot on a tight angle just before the siren sounds.
Q3 29 MIN, GEEL 67 HAW 60
Luke Breust wins a free kick after being held by Tom Lonergan in a one-on-one 15m out and the talented Hawk drills the set shot.
Q3 26 MIN, GEEL 67 HAW 54
Tom Hawkins marks the ball on the 50m line and his set shot from long range is an absolute delight! What a goal that was from Hawkins, and a really important one given the time of the game.
Langford is back on the ground but he left after being whacked in the bread basket off the ball by Tom Hawkins. The Tomahawk could have a nervous wait for the MRP's findings.
The game is starting to open up now. Lots of space for the players to run into. Who can keep possession of the ball more effectively?
Paul Puopolo runs down Joel Selwood and wins a holding-the-ball free kick just as the Cats skipper was about to pump the ball inside 50! That was huge from 'Poppy'!
Q3 21 MIN, GEEL 61 HAW 54
Harry Taylor slaps through a rushed behind for the Hawks.
Q3 21 MIN, GEEL 61 HAW 53
Joel Selwood lays a huge tackle on Kyle Cheney who spills the ball which allows Jordan Murdoch to swoop and bang home a goal from 20m out.
Tom Hawkins has been forced to take the vast majority of his set shots from tight angles.
Q3 19 MIN, GEEL 55 HAW 53
James Kelly hits up Jimmy Bartel on the 50m line and Bartel passes it to Tom Hawkins who lines up from 45m out on a tight angle but can only manage a minor score.
Steve Johnson continues to find the ball. He now has 24 disposals (10 contested), six clearances and two goals.
Q3 18 MIN, GEEL 54 HAW 53
Travis Varcoe effects a 1-2 with Mark Blicavs in the middle of the gorund but the former's kick forward goes out of bounds for a throw-in next to the behind post.
The Cats are congesting their own forward line and making it hard for the Hawks to exit defence.
Q3 16 MIN, GEEL 54 HAW 53
Dawson Simpson's shot on goal from 25m travels 10m and dribbles out of bounds.
Q3 15 MIN, GEEL 54 HAW 53
The Cats register another rushed behind after some hot stuff in the Geelong forward line!
Q3 13 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 53
Corey Enright's kick out to a pack on the 50m line spills to the ground, Jon Simpkin collects the crumbs and spots up Luke Breust who does the rest from 35m out.
Q3 12 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 47
Luke Breust's snap from outside the goal square is touched by Corey Enright.
Q3 11 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 46
Joel Selwood's low snap from 20m out comically hits Tom Hawkins' foot and goes out of bounds on the full.
Q3 10 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 46
Jordan Murdoch's shot on goal goes across the face and out for a throw-in.
Q3 9 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 46
Steve Johnson applies a wrestling move onto Shaun Burgoyne off the ball and concedes a silly free kick.
The ensuing play sees Brad Hill hit Luke Breust on the chest and from 50m out right on the boundary Breust's shot on goal is marked by Ben McEvoy on the behind line.
McEvoy snaps truly from deep in the pocket.
Q3 6 MIN, GEEL 52 HAW 40
Jimmy Bartel handballs it from the congestion to George Burbury but from 15m out the latter misses an absolute sitter.
Both teams' goalkicking has been poor today.
Q3 5 MIN, GEEL 51 HAW 40
Jordan Lewis spots up Jarryd Roughead 45m out from goal.
Big Rough goes back but his set shot hits the post.
Q3 4 MIN, GEEL 51 HAW 39
Steve Johnson measures his kick to Mathew Stokes 50m out near the boundary.
Stokes handballs it back for Stevie J but it goes out of bounds on the full.
Q3 2 MIN, GEEL 51 HAW 39
Corey Enright grabs the ball from a stoppage, slaps the ball on the boot and from 25m out his checkside punt sails through the high-diddle-diddles!
Hawthorn have made the move and put Langford on Steve Johnson. Makes sense, Stevie J is dominating with 16 touches and two goals.
Meanwhile, the AFL have defended their ticketing backflip for today's game by ultimately opening the door for club members who were originally told they needed to pay extra to attend. Daniel Cherny has the latest here.
GEELONG 3.5, 6.9 (45)
HAWTHORN 3.2, 5.9 (39)
Geelong: Johnson 2, Varcoe, Hawkins, McIntosh, Guthrie
Hawthorn: Gunston 2, Smith, Duryea, Hale
Geelong: Johnson 16, Stokes 14, Duncan 13
Hawthorn: Mitchell 15, Suckling 15, Smith 12
This has been a really gripping contest so far.
And Geelong find themselves in front for a number of reasons.
Firstly, their tall forwards Tom Hawkins and Hamish McIntosh are causing the Hawks plenty of headaches. The absence of Brian Lake and Ryan Schoenmakers has been really telling.
Secondly, Geelong's pressure has been fantastic. They're simply not allowing Hawthorn to play their customary precision passing game style.
Thirdly, the Cats are showing why they're the best defensive team in the comp by restricting Hawthorn to just 39 points at half-time. The Hawks have averaged 129 points a game in the first month of the season.
Steve Johnson has probably been the best player on the ground so far and Sam Mitchell hasn't really been hampered by Cam Guthrie's tag.
The Hawks could certainly do with more from Cyril Rioli (three disposals), Luke Hodge (seven) and Shaun Burgoyne (seven) who were all pretty quiet in the first half.
Meanwhile, Joel Selwood (eight) and Travis Varcoe (three) are well down on their usual output too.
There are 56 seconds remaining in the first half and there are no players in Hawthorn's half.
Q2 30 MIN, GEEL 45 HAW 39
George Horlin-Smith runs into an open goal but from 50m out his shot goes out on the full.
Hamish McIntosh takes another fantastic contested mark on the 50m line, but his kick forward is marked by Jack Gunston who is a long way from home!
Q2 28 MIN, GEEL 45 HAW 39
Cyril Rioli hits Jack Gunston on the chest but, from 50m out on a 45-degree angle, he can't kick straight.
Q2 26 MIN, GEEL 45 HAW 38
Steve Johnson gives away a free kick after taking David Hale too high and the former Kangaroo makes no mistake from 25m out in the pocket.
Jack Gunston a little unlucky not to be paid a free kick for being taken too high in the forward pocket.
Geelong showing why they're the best defensive team in the comp, Hawthorn are only on 32 points with less than five minutes remaining in the first half.
Q2 24 MIN, GEEL 45 HAW 32
Hamish McIntosh takes a super contested mark despite Josh Gibson's best spoiling efforts.
From 50m out, McIntosh converts his set shot! That makes up for his howler on quarter-time!
Q2 22 MIN, GEEL 39 HAW 32
Jordan Murdoch drops a sitter of a mark in Geelong's forward pocket and his second effort snap under pressure goes out of bounds for a throw-in. That spoiled the good work from Bartel, Selwood and Duncan further afield.
Q2 21 MIN, GEEL 39 HAW 32
Mathew Stokes kicks out of bounds on the full in Hawthorn's forward pocket, but is let off because Sam Mitchell's kick back into play is ordinary.
Jarryd Roughead has limped form the ground and is receiving treatment to his ankle.
Q2 19 MIN, GEEL 39 HAW 32
Tom Hawkins lines up from 50m on a very tight angle, but can only manage a minor score.
George Horlin-Smith takes a courageous mark running back with the flight of the ball at Hawthorn's centre-half back position. He was cleaned up by Luke Hodge in the process. Great stuff from GHS!
Josh Gibson pings Jordan Murdoch for holding the ball near Geelong's 50m line.
Q2 17 MIN, GEEL 38 HAW 32
Isaac Smith's wobbly kick forward goes through for a behind off hands.
Q2 14 MIN, GEEL 38 HAW 31
Duryea launches from outside 50m and finally gets the Hawks' first goal of the quarter.
Q2 13 MIN, GEEL 38 HAW 25
Steve Johnson's kick from the pocket is punched through for a point.
Q2 12 MIN, GEEL 37 HAW 25
Mathew Stokes centres the ball and finds Cam Guthrie who marks 30m out. Guthrie receives a 50-metre penalty and bangs home an easy goal.
Q2 10 MIN, GEEL 30 HAW 25
Jordan Murdoch's kick in the goal square ricochet's off Grant Birchall's foot.
Q2 9 MIN, GEEL 29 HAW 25
Ben McEvoy drops the mark 10m out, Jarryd Roughead swoops on the ball but misses a sitter! The Hawks are wasting their chances so far in this quarter.
Mathew Stokes is coming from the ground after appearing to cop a poke in the eye.
Sam Mitchell is also coming off the ground with a bloodied nose.
Q2 5 MIN, GEEL 29 HAW 24
Jimmy Bartel's kick across goal is marked by David Hale. But the former Kangaroo can't make Bartel and the Cats pay.
Q2 4 MIN, GEEL 29 HAW 23
Roughead spots up Brad Hill but his kick from 50m out in front is touched on the line by Dawson Simpson.
Q2 3 MIN, GEEL 29 HAW 22
Luke Breust's attempt on goal from the impossible angle can only manage a behind
Steve Johnson already has nine touches and two goals... He may need to be tagged soon...
Q2 2 MIN, GEEL 29 HAW 21
Tom Hawkins gives off a beautiful handball under enormous pressure to Steve Johnson and from 50m on the run, and on a tight angle, Stevie J kicks an absolute ripper!
Q2 1 MIN, GEEL 23 HAW 21
Matt Suckling's kick around the corner fades left.
GEELONG 3.5 (23)
HAWTHORN 3.2 (20)
Geelong: Varcoe, Hawkins, Johnson
Hawthorn: Gunston 2, Smith
Geelong: Johnson 8, Bartel 7
Hawthorn: Duryea 8, Suckling 8, Mitchell 8
This blockbuster match has lived up to the hype so far.
After four lead changes in the first term, Geelong came out on top at quarter-time.
The Cats are dominating the hitouts 13-4, but are only slightly ahead in clearances 11-9.
The Hawks' pressure has been a feature so far - they have out-tackled Geelong 25-15.
However, Geelong lead the contested possessions 37-32.
Jack Gunston has started well for the Hawks with two goals while Sam Mitchell is getting the better of the Cam Guthrie tag so far.
Tom Hawkins has begun the game in ominous form too and he looks primed to make a mockery of the Kyle Cheney match-up.
Old timers Stevie J and Jimmy Bartel have also got a nice stack of the pill.
Q1 31 MIN, GEEL 23 HAW 20
Kyle Cheney's clearing defensive kick is cut off by Steve Johnson, Jordan Murdoch collects the crumbs, bangs it back into attack and Hamish McIntosh marks the ball 10m directly in front.
But in scenes reminiscent of Cam Mooney on the half-time siren in the 2008 Grand Final, McIntosh inexplicably hits the post from point-blank range on the quarter-time siren!!
Q1 29 MIN, GEEL 22 HAW 20
Steve Johnson kicks it to Tom Hawkins who outmarks Josh Gibson in the pocket.
Hawkins goes back and from 50m cannot split the big sticks.
Q1 27 MIN, GEEL 21 HAW 20
Puopolo roves the pack on the 50m line but from a tight angle on the run can only manage a behind
Q1 25 MIN, GEEL 21 HAW 19
Suckling's ambitious kick sideways on the 50m is cut off by Blicavs. Blicavs then spots up Steve Johnson deep in the pocket. Stevie J plays on and snaps a beauty to put Geelong back in front.
Q1 23 MIN, GEEL 15 HAW 19
Travis Varcoe applies a desperate tackle on Ben McEvoy 5m out and forces a rushed behind for Hawthorn.
Q1 21 MIN, GEEL 15 HAW 18
Isaac Smith concedes a free kick to Andrew Mackie in the middle of the ground 100m off the ball... the ensuing play ends up in a behind scored by Jared Rivers.
Q1 18 MIN, GEEL 14 HAW 18
Jack Gunston kicks his second goal after slotting a set shot from 25m out.
Ben McEvoy comes off under the blood rule with a split above his eye.
Joel Selwood the leading possession-getter on the ground at the moment with five.
Q1 16 MIN, GEEL 14 HAW 12
After winning a free kick on the 50m line, George Horlin-Smith bangs the ball into the hot zone and Tom Hawkins takes a strong grab at the top of the goal square. From 20m out in front, Hawkins kicks truly.
Geelong winning the hitouts 7-0 but the clearances are all even 4-4.
Q1 12 MIN, GEEL 8 HAW 12
Sam Mitchell finds Isaac Smith and from 45m out directly in front the latter makes no mistake.
Cam Guthrie runs down Jon Simpkin on the wing and not only wins a holding-the-ball free kick, but is also awarded a 50-metre penalty.
Q1 8 MIN, GEEL 7 HAW 6
A succession of Geelong handballs in their forward line amount to nothing and Hawthorn rush a behind.
Q1 7 MIN, GEEL 6 HAW 6
Joel Selwood is taken high. His set shot on goal from 45m out is smothered by Langford and the Geelong skipper gets the rebound but it goes out on the full.
Kyle Cheney has the big job on Tom Hawkins and Cam Gutrhie is running with Sam Mitchell.
Q1 4 MIN, GEEL 6 HAW 6
Cyril Rioli's precision pass hits Jack Gunston on the chest and from 30m out on a slight angle the former Crow makes no mistake.
Q1 2 MIN, GEEL 6 HAW 0
George Burbury's wobbly kick forward finds Hamish McIntosh who handballs it to Travis Varcoe and, unlike in the final minute of last year's preliminary final, he strolls in and from 30m out he kicks a goal!
Matt Suckling's shot on goal from 70m is a shocker and dribbles out of bounds for a throw in 25m around from Hawthorn goal.
Hawthorn haven't registered consecutive wins against Geelong since Round 4, 2007.
Geelong aiming to start a season 5-0 for the third time in four years today and Hawthorn are gunning for a 5-0 record for the first time since 2008 - a premiership year for the Hawks... Maybe it will be a very good omen for Alastair Clarkson's men if they triumph today!
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In case you're driving to the game today...
Car park Gate 3 in Yarra Park is now closed. Still limited space available via Gate 5 and 6 on Punt Road. #aflcatshawks— Melbourne Cricket Gd (@MCG) April 21, 2014
Geelong's 11-game winning streak against Hawthorn, which was snapped in last year's preliminary final, was the Cats' greatest ever stretch of dominance over the Hawks.
Prior to Hawthorn's drought-breaking win in that classic 2013 Preliminary Final, the Cats had won their previous 11 matches against the Hawks by an average of just 11 points - five of those victories were by a goal or less!
Injured Cat, Dan Menzel says his surgeon has found his knee is genetically "more inclined" to have ACL problems. pic.twitter.com/HEfWqYeOEE — 3AW Football (@3AWisfootball) April 21, 2014
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Injured Geelong star Daniel Menzel tells us he is still about 3 months away from a return. #AFL — 3AW Football (@3AWisfootball) April 21, 2014
Jon Pierik reports that the Hawks are still keen for 'payback' on the Cats, despite knocking them over at their last meeting, to break the Kennett Curse. Read more.
No changes to either team for today's clash. Mitch Hallahan is the sub for Hawthorn; Jackson Sheringham dons the vest for the Cats.
First Preliminary Final: Hawthorn v Geelong
Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne celebrates his goal at the MCG. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
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Only hours before its most hotly-anticipated game of the season, the AFL has opened the door for club members who had been told they needed to pay extra to attend, that they can now do so for free. Read more.
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Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli celebrates with Shaun Burgoyne. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Man for man, these teams appear surprisingly well matched, despite Geelong having fallen from premiership favouritism prior to the season. Only five points separated the teams in last year's thrilling preliminary final.
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