Fremantle suffers heavy defeat
Hawthorn 5.4 12.8 18.11 24.11 (155)
Fremantle 0.2 1.5 1.7 5.9 (39)
Hawthorn: Franklin 5, Roughead 4, Burgoyne 4, Rioli 3, Whitecross 2, Lewis 2, Ellis, Hodge, Gilham, Bateman
Fremantle: Johnson 2, Murphy 2, Roberton
Hawthorn: Burgoyne, Rioli, Gibson, Mitchell, Franklin, Roughead, Bateman
Fremantle: Broughton, Johnson, Duffield
Hawthorn: Birchall (hamstring), Hodge (TBC)
Fremantle: Ruffles (knee)
Umpires: Kennedy, Ryan, Jeffrey
Official crowd: TBC at Aurora Stadium
An under-strength Fremantle side suffered a 116-point defeat the hands of Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium on Saturday.
Freo rested seven players, including skipper Matthew Pavlich, for the clash and Paul Hasleby was a late withdrawal from the side that had no answers to the Hawks’ dominance on the way to the 24.11 (155) to 5.9 (39) loss.
Freo was missing as many as 16 players that would normally find a spot in its best 22 and the imbalance in experience between the teams was quickly evident.
The Hawks picked their way through the Fremantle defensive zone with a mixture of handball and run on their way to a 32-point quarter-time lead.
Lance Franklin kicked two opening term goals and finished the match with five to lead all scorers.
Freo’s day took a turn for the worse midway through the first term when Tim Ruffles, who came in for Hasleby, injured his knee after a heavy bump from Campbell Brown and left the game.
For the Hawks, Shaun Burgoyne proved particularly damaging, collecting 20 disposals to half-time and regularly starting forward thrusts with clean work at the stoppages. He finished the game clearly best afield with 37 disposals, 11 contested possessions, four clearances and four goals.
When the classy midfielder pounced on a neat tap and kicked his second from 20m, the Hawks had stretched their lead beyond 10 goals and there was still five minutes to play before half-time.
The third quarter started in similarly ominous fashion for the visitors with Roughead nailing the second of his four goals following a good lead and mark 40m out.
As the game began to meander during the mid-stages of the third term, fan favourite Cyril Rioli bobbed up to volley an acrobatic major and assure himself another nomination for goal of the year. His was one of six Hawthorn goals for the quarter with the lead out to 106-points at three-quarter time.
Dylan Roberton, Michael Johnson and Ryan Murphy managed to add to Johnson’s second-term goal as the game petered out, but Fremantle’s final score of 5.9 (39) was easily their lowest score in seven trips to Tasmania.
Hawthorn finished the match with injury clouds over Luke Hodge and Grant Birchall who both watched the final term from the bench.