In­jury to Hill on bad day for Dock­ers in Tas­ma­nia

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

FREMANTLE’S win­less AFL sea­son of woe con­tin­ued yes­ter­day, when Stephen Hill was hurt and Hawthorn recorded a 41-point win in Launce­s­ton.

The Dock­ers fought back in the sec­ond quar­ter to boast a two-point lead at half-time but the Hawks stead­ied in style to tri­umph 17.14 (116) to 11.9 (75).

The triple reign­ing pre­miers booted 8.7 to 0.2 in the third term, lift­ing their pres­sure to bust the game open at Aurora Sta­dium. Dock­ers star Hill hob­bled off the field dur­ing the third quar­ter with a leg in­jury and played no fur­ther part in the con­test.

The re­sult ex­tended Hawthorn’s win­ning streak at their adopted home venue to 17 games. Both sides were guilty of turn­ing the ball over in windy con­di­tions.

Fremantle’s prob­lem was the hosts proved more ca­pa­ble of pun­ish­ing er­rors. The Hawks also had more op­por­tu­nity to do so, es­pe­cially in the blitz af­ter half-time.

The cel­lar dwellers’ low point dur­ing that stretch came when they were un­able to find a tar­get with con­sec­u­tive kick­ins. Liam Shiels, Isaac Smith, Josh Gib­son and Jor­dan Lewis all starred for Hawthorn, while for­wards Jack Gun­ston, Luke Breust and Paul Puopolo were also in­flu­en­tial.

Vet­eran on-baller Sam Mitchell, who re­turned from a corked calf, tal­lied 26 dis­pos­als.

Hawks young gun Tay­lor Duryea will be sweat­ing on the find­ings of the match re­view panel, hav­ing floored Hay­den Bal­lan­tyne in the sec­ond term.

Duryea smacked Bal­lan­tyne on the jaw, throw­ing an el­bow back­wards when the um­pire was about to re-start play.

Bal­lan­tyne had given his side the lead in the sec­ond quar­ter with a mag­nif­i­cent crumb­ing goal, shrug­ging Lewis’ tackle and kick­ing truly from a near-im­pos­si­ble an­gle.

The small for­ward was also one of many Dock­ers to err with the Sher­rin in hand.

Fremantle have now lost nine games in a row, dat­ing back to the 27-point de­feat in­flicted by the Hawks in the 2015 fi­nals.

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