Tuesday , April 20 2021
Home / AFL / As it happened: Hawthorn Hawks, Geelong Cats fire up for Easter Monday at MCG

As it happened: Hawthorn Hawks, Geelong Cats fire up for Easter Monday at MCG

Thanks for following along and congratulations Cats fans.

“It’s about six months off my life every time [we have a close game],” Scott said.

“I don’t think either side was really on top of their game … it was hard fought and we gave them some looks late, and we didn’t quite play the way we like to.

“Good enough to hang in there and it adds to the list of great games the two clubs have played.

“They were the best team of the modern era, probably … and they were too good for us for a long time.

“We are a very different team this year to where we have been and they’re a hugely different team [to their premiership years].”

On fade outs, Scott said it isn’t a bad position to be in to be five goals up and then hang in.

“I hope that doesn’t sound defensive … sometimes really good valid reasons sound like excuses [and] I’m not prepared to offer them.”

Scott also revealed Isaac Smith also almost missed the game through illness.

Here’s how Greg Baum saw the match:

Hawthorn wound the clock back, not to their glory days but to last year. Geelong inched their clock forward, not to premiership favouritism but at least to victory this day and another scratchy notch in their 2021 belt.

In truth, it wasn’t for the most part an Easter Monday classic. For three quarters, it wouldn’t have made the top 10.

But as is so often the case when these teams meet, so often the way of great rivalries, something sprang from nothing. In the last quarter, a seemingly workaday Geelong victory almost slipped through their fingers, prised apart by a Hawthorn team that demonstrated great character.

Click here to read the full match report

Tom Hawkins (L) and Mitch Duncan of the Cats celebrate.

Tom Hawkins (L) and Mitch Duncan of the Cats celebrate.Credit:Getty Images

“Our level of execution wasn’t quite where it needed to be tonight to be able to secure the win,” Clarkson said. “Sometimes that’s an experience thing or a lack of composure, but it will come.

“I thought Geelong was the better side on the day to be fair.

“I’m sure there’s a source of optimism there for our supporters today, and we are conscious of the little wins we’ve had throughout the year to date.

“It was a spirited comeback which we were proud of. We hung in there and gave ourselves a chance. We won a close one a couple of weeks ago, but we couldn’t quite get it tonight. Swings and roundabouts.”

(With thanks to the Hawks’ Twitter account)

Clarkson said Geelong were the better side.

Clarkson said Geelong were the better side. Credit:Getty Images

Cam Guthrie (Geel) 8
Jaeger O’Meara (Haw) 8
Mitch Duncan (Geel) 7
Changkuoth Jiath (Haw) 6
Mark O’Connor (Geel) 6

Cameron Guthrie of the Cats handballs whilst being tackled by Chad Wingard.

Cameron Guthrie of the Cats handballs whilst being tackled by Chad Wingard.Credit:Getty Images

Mark O’Connor is bringing the tag back into style. In two weeks, he has had 41 touches, while his last two opponents – Lachie Neale and Tom Mitchell – have had 40 between them.

They’re two recent Brownlow winners too. Valuable stuff for the Cats.

Mark O’Connor of the Cats and Harry Morrison of the Hawks compete for the ball.

Mark O’Connor of the Cats and Harry Morrison of the Hawks compete for the ball.Credit:Getty Images

For the Hawks Jaegar O’Meara was excellent with 34 touches, while off half back Changkuoth Jiath has continued his rapid 2021 improvement.

He had 23 touches and was just so defensively sound, but dangerous on the rebound, and along with Jarman Impey he led the Hawks rear-guard through the arvo.

Polish forward of centre was the Hawks problem today.

Chad Wingard was good for the Hawks too.

Chad Wingard was good for the Hawks too. Credit:Getty Images

About admin

Check Also

Anzac games to defy the trend of reluctant MCG fans

The Melbourne Cricket Club is expecting a crowd of 71,000 for Anzac Day and 64,000 …