Hawks win a pre-season thriller on the siren

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    Isaac Smith, eat your heart out – little-known Hawthorn rookie Kade Stewart has kicked a goal on the stroke of the final siren to defeat Geelong in a Friday night JLT Community Series match in Launceston.

    It was a match that tossed and turned like only a meeting between these two great rivals can, with both sides enjoying periods of dominance before a thrilling finish.

    The Hawks controlled the first half kicking eleven goals to four, but seemed to take the third quarter off as a tea break – Geelong booted the first seven goals of the second half and had made up a 41-point half-time deficit and then some by the final change.

    The two sides then traded goals in the final term before Stewart got his chance in the final moments of the match and sunk a set shot to win the game.

    Stewart was probably the most impressive of Hawthorn’s unsung heroes with two goals and 14 disposals, but they also saw an excellent effort from Jaeger O’Meara.

    O’Meara played only the first half of the match before sitting out the second as a planned precaution, having a solid impact in that time with 12 disposals and five tackles.

    Tyrone Vickery spent most of his time in the ruck and finished with 10 touches and seven hit-outs, but didn’t trouble the scoreboard.

    New captain Jarryd Roughead had a nice moment booting a goal in the early part of the game, but otherwise wasn’t overly prominent.

    The most impressive of the new faces on the night was undoubtedly Zach Tuohy for Geelong – best on ground showcasing his speed and skills across 33 dispoals.

    Of course, he was rivalled for that title by a great haul of four goals from Aaron Black, three of them coming in the Cats’ third-quarter turnaround.

    The Cats would also have been happy to see some good moments from draftees Tom Stewart, Jack Henry, Brandan Parfitt and Zach Guthrie.

    Jackson Thurlow made a successful return from an ACL injury he suffered in last year’s pre-season, but it wasn’t all good news for Geelong, with Cam Guthrie and Lachie Henderson sitting out the second half with minor concerns.

    In the end it was the Hawks, writing another chapter in this engaging rivalry.

    Final score
    Hawthorn Hawks
    Geelong Cats

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    The Crowd Says (16)

    • Roar Guru

      February 17th 2017 @ 11:11pm
      Cat said | February 17th 2017 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

      Be interesting to see what the MRP says about Shiel’s head high elbow from behind. Looked deliberate to me.

      • February 18th 2017 @ 4:08am
        Kurt said | February 18th 2017 @ 4:08am | ! Report

        It’ll certainly give cats fans the opportunity to conduct their own preseason training in the fine geelong art of sooking and complaining about Hawthorn.

        • Roar Guru

          February 18th 2017 @ 8:49am
          Cat said | February 18th 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

          No sooking or complaining, just a legitimate question, I assume you didn’t even see the incident?

    • Roar Guru

      February 18th 2017 @ 12:26am
      AdelaideDocker said | February 18th 2017 @ 12:26am | ! Report

      Ugh, of course I miss this game. Bloody Friday night work shifts.

      Seemed like a great game. Nice write up, Josh. Now you can have the weekend off live blogging!

    • February 18th 2017 @ 1:14am
      Michael said | February 18th 2017 @ 1:14am | ! Report

      A very poor standard game low on skill with some terrible decision making. It was clanger central. Lack of match play showed for some of the Geelong players. Thurlow had a Barry Crocker, kept fumbling the ball and handing it back to the Hawthorn forwards. Henderson looked woeful before he went off injured and Tomahawk was totally inaffective. I’d give up on Harry Taylor as a forward. He has the manouverability of a fully laden barge, and we already have a barge at Full Forward in Hawkins. Toohey is a good pickup for Geelong and was easily the best Geelong backman. Stanley will struggle to get a game putting in listless performances like tonight’s effort. Great to see Roughy back for the Hawks and he showed his class a few times. Rioli terrorized the Cats backline as usual. Can’t see either of these teams in contention for another flag this year.

      • February 18th 2017 @ 8:16am
        Dr Jones said | February 18th 2017 @ 8:16am | ! Report

        Maybe more pressure from two teams who know how to play with spirit. This game was more watchable than a lot of regular season games.

      • Roar Guru

        February 18th 2017 @ 8:48am
        Cat said | February 18th 2017 @ 8:48am | ! Report

        Seasons over because of a first up practice match? You must be one of those who were saying how good Collingwood was going to do last year – off the back of one preseason game.

      • Roar Guru

        February 18th 2017 @ 10:56am
        Penster said | February 18th 2017 @ 10:56am | ! Report

        For a risk averse practice match I thought it was ok, training in structures and some key personnel missing from both sides. Geelong started well, the $13 for the flag at the tote looked like a bargain 10 minutes in!

      • February 18th 2017 @ 11:24am
        Kevin lee said | February 18th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

        Poor standard? 98 94 scoreline says not. Both sides have many regular 22 not playing.

        • Roar Guru

          February 18th 2017 @ 11:26am
          Cat said | February 18th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

          It was your average first practice match. Lots of players were sloppy.

    • February 18th 2017 @ 7:34am
      Spruiker said | February 18th 2017 @ 7:34am | ! Report

      Cmon Michael, there has only been 2 games and you are writing off two teams already even without seeing the other 14 teams play yet?

    • February 18th 2017 @ 10:07am
      Justin Ahrns said | February 18th 2017 @ 10:07am | ! Report

      About as much excitement as you’ll get in a preseason game.

      O’Meara looked great for the Hawks, and great to see Roughead back out there!

      • February 18th 2017 @ 11:31am
        Kevin lee said | February 18th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        Watched the game twice on tv. Didn’t see Jaeger break out with the ball. But one thing stands out. When he is near the ball did well to trap the ball for ball up. Will be interesting to see how jaeger performs playing a full regular season game. Roughead didn’t miss a beat. Didn’t look like a player rusty missing a whole season.

      • February 18th 2017 @ 12:39pm
        Don Freo said | February 18th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

        Agreed on O’Meara.

        The Pies and Dons do look better than the Cats and Hawks, though.

        • Roar Guru

          February 18th 2017 @ 4:04pm
          Cat said | February 18th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

          It’s the Pies time of year to look good … when it doesn’t matter.

        • February 20th 2017 @ 12:24pm
          Birdman said | February 20th 2017 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

          yep the Pies usually win flags in trade week and pre-season comp.

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