Heavy­weight clash makes Freo seem light­weight

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JASON PHELAN

IT WAS sup­posed to be a grand fi­nal preview but the clash be­tween heavy­weights Hawthorn and Fre­man­tle did not live up to its billing, with the Hawks crush­ing the Dock­ers by 72 points in Launce­s­ton yesterday.

Hawthorn were rarely trou­bled by the lad­der lead­ers, with the 17.13 ( 115) to 6.7 ( 43) vic­tory ex­tend­ing their win­ning streak at Aurora Sta­dium to 14 games.

The Round 15 con­test did not reach any great heights but it wasn’t with­out points of in­ter­est with Nat Fyfe and Sam Mitchell in­volved in in­ci­dents.

Fyfe will come un­der scru­tiny from the match re­view panel for a late chal­lenge on Tay­lor Duryea that saw a 50m penalty paid against him in the first quar­ter af­ter he made con­tact with his fore­arm to Duryea’s face in a mark­ing con­test.

“I think, ul­ti­mately, the MRP will re- view and there will be out­comes,” Dock­ers coach Ross Lyon said. “I don’t like to pre- empt any­way. ‘‘ They’re do­ing their best ... ev­ery­thing is what it is and ev­ery­thing gets judged fairly. I think we all be­lieve in that.”

Josh Gib­son, with 27 dis­pos­als, ex­pertly mar­shalled the de­fen­sive unit and Mitchell did the same with Hawthorn’s on­ball brigade on his way to a game- high 39 pos­ses­sions.

A Lachie Neale long bomb would prove to be the Dock­ers’ only ma­jor for the first half as Hawthorn ground out a 19- point lead at the first break that they ex­tended to 38 points at half­time.

Fre­man­tle grabbed two of the first three goals of the sec­ond half but the Hawks kicked the next five goals to lead by 61 points at the fi­nal break.

The Dock­ers con­ceded a score greater than 100 points for the first time this AFL sea­son.

Nat Fyfe hits Tay­lor Duryea.

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