Sport Hawks hold on to beat Cats in yet another thriller

10:10  11 august  2018
10:10  11 august  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

Hawks up for AFL finals fight against Cats

  Hawks up for AFL finals fight against Cats Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has primed his players for an AFL finals-like atmosphere when they take on Geelong at the MCG.The Hawks host the Cats on Saturday afternoon with the winner enhancing their top-four hopes and the loser still a chance to miss the finals.

Hawthorn have beaten Port Adelaide 64-61 in Launceston to end a three-game AFL losing streak. The Hawks held on by three-points in a thriller on Saturday afternoon, with the side's big guns standing up when it counted.

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Tom Mitchell of the Hawks kicks the ball during© AAP Image/David Crosling Tom Mitchell of the Hawks kicks the ball during Hawthorn is eyeing a top-four AFL finish after holding off a late Geelong rally to score a nail-biting 11-point win at the MCG.

Hawks star Jaeger O'Meara sealed the 10.11 (71) to 8.12 (60) win in front of 59,529 fans by kicking the last goal of the day with just under a minute remaining.

The Cats trailed by 26 points at three-quarter time on Saturday but slashed the margin to eight points with eight minutes remaining to set up a frantic finale.

Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins had the chance to make it a one-point game with just more than three minutes left but missed a set shot from well inside 50.

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The narrow result leaves the Cats outside the eight and in a dogfight to make the finals.

Hawks ball magnet Tom Mitchell had to contend with some close checking from Scott Selwood but was influential with 32 possessions.

Evergreen veteran Shaun Burgoyne was also outstanding with 20 touches and 13 tackles.

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''We just trust one another , and we focused on our strengths,'' Antetokounmpo said. Middleton hit the free throw that started the run. The Hawks looked rushed on their next two possessions with a turnover and a blocked shot.

Patrick Dangerfield starred for the Cats with 40 possessions, with Gary Ablett important with 32 disposals and three goals.

The Hawks suffered a blow before the opening bounce when skipper Jarryd Roughead was ruled out with a sore ankle.

His absence from the attacking 50 was apparent early as Hawthorn went goalless in the first term.

Hawkins lifted a lacklustre start with the first goal 18 minutes in, helping the Cats to a 12-point lead at the first break.

Geelong ruckman Rhys Stanley limped out of the game in the second quarter, which coincided with a big lift in intensity from Alastair Clarkson's men.

Isaac Smith led the charge with two majors in a five-goals-to-nil quarter that put the Hawks up by 20 points at half-time.

Ablett added two goals in the third but the Hawks extended their lead to 26 points at the last change.

But as is so often the case in the storied rivalry between these clubs, a thrilling finale ensued as Geelong finished full of running.

Hawthorn will take on St Kilda at Docklands Stadium in round 22 and the Cats will host Fremantle at Kardinia Park.

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