Hawthorn AFC: 17.15-117
MHSOBFC Green: 14.4-88
The Clubbies had a less than ideal build to our clash with the top placed Hawthorn, running extremely undermanned, with a number of players injured, away or unavailable. Despite the lack of numbers, the Clubbies fielded a fairly strong twenty-man squad.
Catching Hawthorn off guard early, the clubbies capitalised on the ruck dominance from Adam Ashton. Ben Southam and Chris Miller got on the end of of many decisive hit-outs from the big ruckman who enjoyed very little resistance from his opponent. Across the back half, the defence stood firm all day with Tom Grigg cutting off several attempts from Hawthorn to hit up their forwards. Calum ‘The Dirtworm’ Bennett and Adam Jones were again pivotal in moving the ball out of defence.
The Clubbies had the ascendancy for most of the first half before Hawthorn worked their way back into the game in the third term, taking a slim lead going into the last quarter.The eight man bench the Hawks had proved telling in the final term, the Clubbies just running out of legs in the end, despite a brave effort.
Linford Dean enjoyed his best game for the season, finishing with five goals, Arran Bouten battled hard all day walking away with four majors. Ben Southam was again best on ground, creating all sorts of headaches for the Hawthorn midfield and despite their tagger going to Southam in the second half, they were still unable to curtail his influence.
Goals: L. Dean 5, A. Bouten 4, B. Southam 2, J. McGuinness, T. Grigg, C. Miller
Best: B. Southam, L. Dean, A. Ashton, T. Grigg, D. Grantham, C. Miller