Sunday Territorian 24 Aug 2014
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62 SPORT SUNDAY AUGUST 24 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Hawks elated to take win from Cats HAWTHORN staged a remarkable second-half comeback to record only their second win in 13 attempts against their great modern-day AFL rivals Geelong at the MCG last night. After trailing by 31 points at halftime, the Hawks booted 11 goals to three in the final two quarters to win by 23 points and grab a major psychological edge ahead of a probable qualifying final clash between two in two weeks time. Jarryd Roughead and David Hale kicked three goals apiece and Will Langford (23 possessions and two goals) played easily the best game of his fledgling career as the Hawks won 14.10 (94) to 11.5 (71) to move above the Cats into second spot on the ladder. The Cats were well served by Josh Caddy and Mathew Stokes, while Tom Hawkins kicked three goals in an entertaining battle with Brian Lake. Geelong made the early running with the first three goals of the match the pick of them being a remarkable set shot from Steven Motlop tucked up hard against the boundary line. But the Hawks hit back with two late goals in the first term from Roughead, back in the line-up after serving a oneweek suspension for tripping. The Cats were forced to activate their sub by quartertime, with Jackson Thurlow replacing Shane Kersten. The Hawks drew level early in the second term with a goal from Jack Gunston but that proved the signal for the Cats to go on a scoring rampage. They kicked the next five goals, including two from Hawkins and another from Jimmy Bartel after a dodgy free kick which drew the ire of the Hawthorn fans. Geelongs first-half dominance was best illustrated by the fact they accumulated 100 more possessions than the Hawks on the way to a 31-point lead. When Paul Puopolo could kick only two points after being awarded a pair of free kicks early in the third term it seemed to confirm this would be Geelongs night. Instead it was Hawthorn who took an unlikely four-point lead into the final change after Langford kicked truly after the siren. By JOHN SALVADO AFL Will Langford (23 possessions and two goals) played easily the best game of his fledgling career as the Hawks won 14.10 (94) to 11.5 (71) to move above the Cats into second spot on the ladder Picture: WAYNE LUDBEY Devil in detail of Eagles victory WEST Coast could be left to rue a late fadeout after failing to finish the job in their 66point AFL victory over Melbourne last night at Patersons Stadium. The Eagles looked on track for a much-needed triple-figure win after piling on nine of the first 10 goals of the match. But the Demons fought back in the final term, booting three goals to two to limit the carnage and put a minor dent in the Eagles top-eight hopes. Although West Coast ran out 18.11 (119) to 8.5 (53) winners, the percentage boost they received might not be enough to land them a dream finals berth. Should West Coast beat Gold Coast on the road next week, and Richmond and Collingwood lose as expected, then the Eagles will finish eighth but only if they can better Adelaides percentage. The Crows percentage is 110.2, but they have the chance to boost that significantly when they take on struggling St Kilda next week at Adelaide Oval. West Coasts percentage increases from 111.1 to 114.7 after beating Melbourne, but they might need to beat Gold Coast by a comfortable margin to finish above Adelaide. Eagles forward Josh Kennedy and Mark LeCras feasted on Melbournes struggling defence with four goals apiece, while Jack Darling booted three in the opening quarter to kick-start the rout. Bernie Vince, Nathan Jones and Daniel Cross battled their hearts out for the Demons, but they lacked support. Melbourne have lost nine straight games. If the AFL needed any extra proof that Melbourne needed a priority draft pick, they just had to witness the Demons first three quarters against West Coast. Coach wants shorter matches CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse wants shorter AFL games and more interchange players as his Blues limp to the finish line of their season. Carlton suffered a 103-point drubbing from Port Adelaide on Friday night, with Malthouse saying his players are desperately tired. Theres no excuse for 100 points (loss), let me start by saying that, Malthouse said. But having been there before, its so desperately tough to get up every week, fighting against a side that is either in the eight or fighting for a position in the eight. Malthouse had 11 injured players unavailable for selection against Port, a toll compounded when captain Marc Murphy was concussed in the second term. Murphy was taken to an Adelaide hospital for scans, which cleared him of any structural damage. Malthouse has long argued for more interchange players to ease the burden on players, saying six on the bench would be ideal. I argued this case in 1985 in my second year (as coach) and they all looked at me like I was a man from wherever, he said. I dont suspect for one mo ment it will ever get near that (six interchange players). But I think the way the game has gone, the power athlete today is greater than what he was yesteryear. The intensity of the game we can make out whatever we like about us old players the game is comprehensively better and comprehensively quicker and stronger. Malthouse said modern rules also prevented the game from halting frequently. I certainly wouldnt reduce the number of games a year, he said. But I still think, without a shadow of doubt, any game that is 80 minutes (long) and ends up going for 50 per cent more has a real problem in todays environment for entertainment. And that blows out games and it also blows out players. By STEVE LARKIN The power athlete today is greater than what he was yesteryear 94HAWTHORN2.2 3.2 9.7 14.10 71GEELONG3.2 8.3 9.3 11.5 BEST Hawthorn: S Mitchell W Langford J Lewis J Gibson S Burgoyne G Birchall. Geelong: J Caddy M Stokes C Guthrie M Duncan M Blicavs. GOALS Hawthorn: D Hale 3 J Roughead 3 W Langford 2 B Sewell J Ceglar J Gunston J Lewis L Breust L Shiels. Geelong: T Hawkins 3 J Murdoch 2 H Taylor J Bartel J Selwood J Thurlow M Duncan S Motlop. UMPIRES Matt Stevic, Brett Rosebury, Shane McInerney. CROWD 72,212 at MCG 119EAGLES6.1 9.5 16.9 18.11 53DEMONS1.1 3.3 5.4 8.5 BEST West Coast: M LeCras C Masten J McGovern S Hurn J Darling A Gaff. Melbourne: B Vince N Jones D Cross D Tyson. GOALS West Coast: J Kennedy 4 M LeCras 4 J Darling 3 J Hill 2 A Gaff J Cripps L Shuey P McGinnity S Lycett Melbourne: J Fitzpatrick 2 B Vince C Dawes C Pedersen D Tyson J Howe R Bail. UMPIRES Luke Farmer, Matthew Leppard, Craig Fleer CROWD 35,083 at Patersons Stadium.