Sam Mitchell was again superb for the Hawks
THERE was no re-writing of the record books as Hawthorn saw off a plucky Greater Western Sydney by 83 points in Saturday's AFL clash at Aurora Stadium.
The result might have never been in doubt but predictions the in-form Hawks would smash all kinds of records proved wide of the mark in a 21.14 (140) to 9.3 (57) victory.Five talking points: Hawthorn v Greater Western Sydney
The enthusiastic young Giants - $17 with the bookies - battled hard after last week's mauling by Adelaide and even matched the Hawks' third-quarter goal-scoring at three apiece after trailing by 47 at halftime.
The Hawks led by 50 at three-quarter time before running away against the tiring Giants in the last quarter in front of Launceston's smallest AFL crowd of 10,513 fans.Click here to vote for the three best Hawthorn players from this game
Typifying GWS's fight was Jeremy Cameron with four hard-earned goals, his side's only multiple scorer.
Jarryd Roughead booted five for the Hawks, with Jack Gunston three and Lance Franklin and Shaun Burgoyne recording doubles among 13 goal-kickers.
Hawthorn coach Alistair Clarkson had testily predicted a tough game on Friday, but his side's winning streak extends to seven, while GWS remain winless after eight rounds.
Clarkson conceded his side were flattered by the scoreboard.
"I thought the Giants were pretty competitive throughout the course of the day."
The Hawks led by 50 at three-quarter time before booting six goals to one against the tiring Giants in the last quarter.
"It was a tough day," Clarkson said.
"It was a pretty lockdown, dull affair really."
With Lance Franklin restricted to just two majors, Jarryd Roughead's superb form continued with a five-goal haul.
Clarkson said Roughead's dominance up front and ability to also play in the ruck and midfield were underscoring his value since coming back from an Achilles injury.
"All I know is he's playing well at the moment but he's played well for us for a long period of time," Clarkson said
"We really rate him as a player."
The Giants' Cameron booted four goals for his side, who remains winless after eight rounds but improved massively after last week's 135-point thrashing by Adelaide.
Coach Kevin Sheedy said a freakish goal from Hawks midfielder Sam Mitchell before quarter-time and two quick majors from the home side before halftime had changed the game's complexion.
"I think most people were just wondering maybe which way this game would go about halfway through the third quarter," Sheedy said.
Roughead had two by the first break after Hawthorn had booted six goals to two to lead 37-13.Click here to vote for the three best GWS players from this game
The Hawks kicked the first four before GWS fought back tenaciously with goals to Palmer and Miles.
Franklin and Gunston booted two each in the second term and the Hawks led 79-32 at the long break, and the floodgates looked like opening.
They didn't and the Giants mounted a massive third-quarter effort that stifled the home side's star-studded attack.
It was all they had left in the tank, though, and Hawthorn kicked six straight majors in the last to right the ship.
Shaun Burgoyne leads the way for the Hawks in front of the Giants' Stephen Coniglio. Picture: AFL Media
6.1 12.7 15.10 21.14 (140)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
2.1 5.2 8.2 9.3 (57)
: Roughead 5, Gunston 3, Franklin 2, Burgoyne 2, Mitchell, Hodge, Shiels, Smith, Bailey, Hale, Puopolo, Sewell, Lewis
: Cameron 4, Palmer, Adams, Bugg, Miles, Scully
: Mitchell, Roughead, Lewis, Hale, Burgoyne, Gunston
: Coniglio, Cameron, Mohr, Palmer, Ward, Adams
: Michael Osborne replaced by Paul Puopolo during the third quarter
: Lachie Whitfied replaced by Dylan Shiel at half-time
: Kamolins, Harris, Ryan
10,513 at Aurora Stadium