A crucial game for both teams, Hawthorn slaughtered a Fremantle side that didn’t even show up until after half-time, winning 17.17(119)-9.9(63). The Dockers tried to slow the Hawks down from the onset but after a rough first quarter Hawthorn blew the game away, making it impossible for Freo to make any type of second half comeback.
The loss was a real lowlight for Fremantle thus far in 2012. Hanging on to a top-8 position, they needed a win in the worst way against a top notch opponent after a couple of unconvincing performances against the Gold Coast and Port Adelaide. The win propels the Hawks over Fremantle and will sit somewhere between fifth and eighth at the conclusion of Round 8.
The first quarter was one of the ugliest you’ll ever see as Fremantle played the ball very unsuccessfully up the wings only to have the Hawks smash in back inside their forward 50 without great efficiency. They kept the Dockers without a major score for the entire term and received goals from Breust and Roughead, helped along by some very average defensive breakdowns. Pavlich and Crowley missed gettable opportunities, squandering Fremantle’s best chances.
Lachie Neale and Pavlich combined along the boundary for a classy goal and looked to push start Fremantle into a second quarter that would rewrite all the wrongs of the first. Instead the Hawks piled on an eight goal to two quarter and effectively ended the contest at half-time.
Cyril Rioli got things underway by roving a dropped mark at lightning speed and kicking a goal off the outside of his boot. Guerra added another when Lee Spurr came prancing out of defense only to have his kicked affected by a last second Rioli tackle, turning it over. Suckling kicked two, one a windup effort from 60, while Roughead, Rioli and Franklin each added unanswered goals.
Michael Barlow kicked a sort of consolation goal for the Dockers before the half with the score at 69-18.
Roughead opened the third with two goals before Fremantle kicked five of the next six, but the early makes made the comeback ultimately uneventful as the Western Australian side still trailed by 40-points at the final break.
Having done nothing in the first half, Hayden Ballantyne produced two goals in the quarter while Crowley, Clarke and Johnson added a few more to delay the inevitable.
Smith and Mitchell helped finish off the tired Dockers in the final quarter, collecting a good win for a lifting Hawks outfit. Roughhead finished with four goals while Breust, Suckling and Rioli each kicked multiples. 11 Hawks registered 20 possessions or more with Sewell, Lewis and Shiels leading the way.