Cats deny Hawthorn in thriller
Sat August 4, 2012 7:11am
GEELONG extended its run of victories over arch-rival Hawthorn to nine with a two-point victory in a thrilling game at the MCG last night.
Hawthorn players slumped to the ground in desolation as a Tom Hawkins kick on the final siren sailed through for his sixth goal of the game.
The manner of the loss will haunt Hawthorn for some time. Trailing by 51 points early in the second term, Hawthorn came back to take the lead at the 25-minute mark of the final quarter from the boot of Brad Sewell.
The Hawks had begun the final term 19 points down, out-scored the Cats six goals to four for the term but still could not seal the win.
Even after Sewell's goal the Cats would not give up, and it was back to within a kick when Steve Johnson raced towards goal and fired a handpass to Hawkins for his fifth goal.
Hawkins kicked six for the winners and Paul Chapman four. Jack Gunston got four for Hawthorn.
Game-long best players were hard to find as the momentum kept changing. Sewell and Sam Mitchell were magnificent for the Hawks who also dominated the rucks through David Hale.
Joel Selwood, whose pass to Hawkins set up the winning goal, had 29 possessions for the Cats and Steve Johnson, subbed off early in last week's game against Adelaide with concussion, had 26. Geelong set up the win with a record first-quarter score against the Hawks.
There were incidents galore in a hotly-contested game. Two that are sure to be looked at could yet cost the Hawks, namely Liam Shiels' apparently high off-the-ball contact on Geelong's Allen Christensen and Brent Guerra's high contact on Paul Chapman. The latter was an in-play clash at least, but it left Chapman stunned and he briefly left the field.