- v - Hawthorn
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Kangaroos crashed to a fired up Hawthorn at the MCG tonight in front of
A six-goal to nil final quarter ended what was a miserable night for the
Kangaroos who went into the match without captain Wayne Carey who was a
Carey suffered a groin strain at training during the week and had his spot
taken by Craig Sholl. It clearly affected the team balance with numerous
kicks into the forward line finding nothing but waiting Hawks.
The game opened with both teams trading goals before Trent Croad slotted
home two goals from marks to give the Hawks a two-goal cushion.
Hawthorn extended it to three goals at the main change despite having the
majority of the play.
The second half saw the Hawks skip clear early on before the Roos made
their move and goals to Shannon Motlop and Sholl gave the Roos a sniff by
reducing the margin to just 23 points at the last change.
But Hawthorn ran over the top in the last quarter and the six-goal to nil
final term sealed a 61-point victory.
Kangaroos coach Denis Pagan was obviously disapointed with the Roos
"We were soundly beaten through the midfield, our forwards couldn't
have any impact or take a catch when it was needed," said Pagan.
"Our decision making and field kicking was abysmal to say the
The good news for the Kangaroos is that Carey will be back next week along
with Glenn Archer. Matthew Capuano is also expected to return for the
clash with the Adelaide Crows at Football Park.
5.3 8.8 12.16 18.20.128
3.2 5.7 9.11 9.13.67
Thompson 3, Croad 3, Holland 2, Dixon 2, Graham 2, Hay, McCabe, Crawford,
Bowyer, Lekkas, Barlow
King 2, Motlop 2, Grant, Abraham, Sholl, Bell, Makepeace