Sport AFL Hawks kick away from dogged Pies

Hawks kick away from dogged Pies

Luke Breust
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Hawthorn have extended their recent domination of Collingwood by powering to a 29-point win at the MCG on Saturday.

Impressive Travis Cloke kicked a game-high five goals for the Magpies, but the Hawks had a much more dangerous spread of attacking options in the 17.13 (115) to 13.8 (86) victory.

Luke Breust led the way with four majors and received good support from Jarryd Roughead (three) plus Cyril Rioli and Ryan Schoenmakers (two apiece).

Hawthorn have now won their last six games against Collingwood by an average of more than six goals.

The win solidified the Hawks’ hold on a top-four spot and makes it much harder for the Magpies (8-5 win-loss record) to claim a double chance at the conclusion of the home and away season.

Interim coach Brendon Bolton’s surprise decision to start regular defender Schoenmakers in attack paid early dividends with a goal.

Collingwood responded with goals from Brent Macaffer and Jamie Elliott to grab the lead midway through the first term, only for Hawthorn to wrest it back after a fine pass from Bradley Hill set up Breust for his first major of the match.

Cloke was the key figure in the second quarter, kicking three goals – including a clutch effort after the halftime siren – to get the Magpies within nine points at the long break after they had trailed by as much as 22.

Cloke’s fourth goal of the match narrowed the margin to two points midway through the third quarter, only for the Hawks to break the game open with the next four goals.

The Hawks had the better of the last term, although Cloke capped a good performance with a brilliant set shot from the tightest of angles.

The Hawks travel to their second home in Launceston next Saturday to take on Gold Coast, while Collingwood return to the MCG to square off Carlton on June 29.