Jarryd Roughead marked his return to football with five goals as an awesome Hawthorn delivered another chilling statement to their AFL rivals on Saturday.
Following up from a 72-point towelling of ladder-leaders Fremantle last week, the Hawks slammed on the first seven goals and kicked 14 to three in the second half to post a 23.8 (146) to 7.15 (57) victory.
The result spoilt Lance Franklin’s 700-goal celebrations, with his night overshadowed by the efforts of his great friend and former team-mate Roughead.
Roughead, who had a melanoma removed from his lip less than three weeks ago, had 16 disposals, seven marks and kicked 5.2.
The comprehensive victory lifted the Hawks above Sydney into third and was even more one-sided than their 63-point grand final win over the Swans last year.
Former Hawk Franklin, who started the game on 698 goals, kicked three in as many minutes in the second quarter to briefly give Sydney hope, but the Swans never reduced the deficit below 18 points.
Incredibly, Sydney were blown away despite notching 15 more contested possessions and just one less inside 50.
The Hawks were ruthlessly efficient in attack and their swarming defence pressured Sydney into numerous errors.
It was Hawthorn’s seventh straight win since their four-point loss to Sydney back in round eight.
The normally miserly Swans hadn’t conceded over 100 points in a game this season, but Hawthorn reached the century mark before three-quarter time.
In addition to Roughead’s five, Jack Gunston booted four and Cyril Rioli three for the Hawks.
Gunston kicked three first-quarter goals as Hawthorn surged to a 35-point lead at the first break.
Franklin’s second-quarter treble and a smart goal to co-captain Jarrad Mcveigh got the Swans back to within three goals, only for Hawthorn to kick the last two majors of the term to hold a 30-point halftime lead.
The insatiable Hawks kicked the first two of the third term and seven goals to two for the quarter to lead by 55 at the final change.
The visitors then piled on the misery in the final quarter, kicking seven goals to one.
Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge had 30 disposals while Grant Birchall (27) and Rioli (20) also impressed.
Ex-Hawk Josh Kennedy was Sydney’s best player, winning 30 disposals and kicking one goal.
Sydney fullback Ted Richards was also reported for a first quarter head shot on Sam Mitchell.
Elsewhere on Saturday night, Fremantle returned to the top of the ladder with a 13.17 (95) to 8.5 (53) win over Carlton at Domain Stadium.
It was not convincing from the Dockers, but they did what they needed to rebound from last week’s huge defeat to the Hawks.
Kicking goals has been Fremantle’s problem of late but Chris Mayne stepped up to bag four while captain Matthew Pavlich booted two in three minutes early in the first quarter.
Lachie Neale had 31 disposals for Fremantle, while David Mundy had 30, and Aaron Sandilands won 46 hit-outs against Matthew Kreuzer.
For Carlton, who were scoreless in the last quarter, Tom Bell kicked two goals and had 22 disposals while Simon White kept Brownlow Medal fancy Nathan Fyfe quiet.