GWS were held to their lowest score ever as they failed to score a goal in the second half, falling short of the paltry 31 they posted against Hawthorn in 2012.
Hawthorn’s James Worpel put in an effort worthy of the lead role against a GWS outfit missing Cameron’s two chief offsiders in Harry Himmelberg (calf) and Jeremy Finlayson (hamstring).
Truth be told, the actual game resembled little more than a side note when snow began to fall during the opening quarter.
The Hawks had already booted the opening three goals of the term – a feat they replicated in every quarter to set up the thumping victory.
The Giants would soon fall to their second loss in Canberra this season – the club’s worst return in the capital since 2014.
A loss to an outfit whose slim finals aspirations have only the slightest of pulses doesn’t make for pretty reading, but it is not necessarily reason to hit the panic button.
Jacob Hopper’s late withdrawal due to a hamstring injury handed a debut to Jye Caldwell but robbed the Giants of another midfielder.
It was a cruel hand to be dealt given key players Josh Kelly (calf) and Matt de Boer (shoulder) had already been left behind.
Giants coach Leon Cameron hopes a night off will see all three return to full fitness before GWS take on the Western Bulldogs next week.
Even so, it was far from ideal for a squad missing Stephen Coniglio and Callan Ward and carrying two ruckmen in a move that drew the ire of the great Mick Malthouse.
Key Hawk Jack Gunston was also left hamstrung and replaced by Conor Nash in Hawthorn’s match day 22.
Nash made the most of his chance with an early goal as the Hawks defied the freezing temperatures to come out firing – the temperature at the opening bounce was 3C, but felt like minus three.
Even so, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson held firm on his “no short-sleeved jumpers” policy. He even donned shorts on his way out to the quarter-time huddle in the most rousing display of bravado since Adelaide’s infamous power stance throughout the 2017 finals series.
Clarkson is not one to let his standards slip, and his side followed suit as they put a hapless Giants outfit to the sword.
A Tom Scully snap was the exclamation mark on a night when his former side seemed anything but capable of producing something extraordinary.
The Giants leave Canberra with their hopes of winning four games on the trot for the first time this season dashed.
If they are to do it from here, they are guaranteed a preliminary final appearance. It looms as a Giant ask.
GWS GIANTS 2.1 4.1 4.2 4.5 (29)
HAWTHORN HAWKS 3.1 6.2 10.5 13.7 (85)
Best: GWS: Toby Greene, Tim Taranto, Zac Williams, Nick Haynes, Brent Daniels. Hawthorn: James Worpel, James Sicily, Isaac Smith, Liam Shiels, Chad Wingard
Goals: GWS: Adam Kennedy, Jackson Hately, Jeremy Cameron, Brett Deledio. Hawthorn: Tim O’Brien 2, Paul Puopolo 2, Luke Breust 2, Mitchell Lewis 2, Conor Nash, Isaac Smith, Chad Wingard, Ricky Henderson, Tom Scully
Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times