In an AFL season of unusual happenings, Hawthorn’s gorgeous four-point win over North Melbourne has set a brand new bizarreness benchmark.
The listless Kangaroos did not rating in Sunday night’s third quarter at Marvel Stadium and did not appear to be it as they trailed by a game-high 31 factors within the closing time period.
But North, someway, got here storming residence with the final 4 objectives of the match to fall agonisingly brief – 8.10 (58) to eight.6 (54).
A vigorous three goal-performance by Chad Wingard regarded set to ease the Hawks to a snug win earlier than the the Roos sprang to life.
Debutant Tristan Xerri began the ball rolling along with his first profession aim 12 minutes into the final quarter, Ben Brown kicked his solely aim of the evening two minutes later, earlier than Cam Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas adopted swimsuit.
The margin was 5 factors when Curtis Taylor sprayed his shot and Jy Simpkin’s left-foot snap in site visitors went the flawed facet of the publish for North followers with 19 seconds to go.
It was the final rating of the evening, permitting Hawthorn to scrape to a win which had regarded nicely of their holding.
Wingard’s aim treble was the sport excessive, whereas James Worpel, Liam Shiels and Tom Mitchell had been essential on the ball for Hawthorn.
Ben McEvoy was excellent in defence, successfully blanketing Brown till late.
With Ben Cunnington a late withdrawal with a again harm, Shaun Higgins, Jasper Pittard and Simpkin had been all essential.
The Hawks led by two factors on the first break and may’ve been additional than 21 factors up halfway by the second quarter, such was their dominance by the center.
Taylor’s monster mark against Hawks
Wingard recovered from an earlier dangerous miss to fit two objectives, however Higgins was key because the Roos hit again late to path by 9 factors at halftime.
Hawks tall Mitchell Lewis booted the primary aim of the third quarter and Shiels snapped the subsequent with a minute to go.
In between these objectives, as had so typically occurred since footy’s restart, a grim stalemate of gradual ball motion was the norm, with each groups struggling to generate significant ahead forays.
The margin blew out to 31 factors as Wingard booted his third, earlier than the sport underwent its wild fluctuation.
North will look to bounce again against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday evening at Marvel Stadium, whereas Hawthorn will journey to Sydney to take on GWS on Sunday night at Giants Stadium.