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Hawks rally to beat Demons

12/03/2011 02:11:36 AM Comments (0)

A six-goal-to-one third quarter set up a 27-point victory for Hawthorn over Melbourne in their AFL practice match at Aurora Stadium in Launceston on Friday night.

The Hawks trailed by 16 points at quarter time and by 13 at halftime, but a four-goal unanswered burst at the start of the second half set-up the 15.12 (102) to 12.3 (75) win.

Hawthorn dominated the second half, exerting more pressure around the contests as goals dried up for the Demons, who had been on fire early.

The Hawks kicked nine goals to five after halftime to wrest control of the contest.

Liam Schiels kicked three for the Hawks, all in the second half, to be their best forward and arguably their best player.

The Hawks' forward line missed superstar Buddy Franklin, who was a late pre-match withdrawal after being rested by the Hawks.

Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead kicked just the one goal and was sighted little in the second half after copping a heavy knock in a marking contest in the opening term.

Addam Maric booted three goals for Melbourne.

"We were a bit tardy in the first half and Melbourne jumped us in the first quarter," Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"But after halftime we were really pleased with the effort and the fizz went out of the game a little bit.

"We were really pleased to get the result in the end.

"We were kicking against a breeze in the third quarter and to kick six goals to one was a terrific result by our players.

"That ended up being pretty much the difference in the game."

"We were a bit tardy in the first half and Melbourne jumped us in the first quarter but after half time we were really pleased with the effort and the fizz went out of the game a little bit," Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"We were really pleased to get the result in the end.

`We were kicking against a breeze in the third quarter and to kick six goals to one was a terrific result by our players.

"That ended up being pretty much the difference in the game."

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