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Hawks show Demons no mercy in MCG mauling

Highlights: Hawthorn v Melbourne The Hawks and Demons clash in round seven
Jonathon Ceglar dominated in the ruck and also popped up with a goal on Saturday afternoon  - ${keywords}
Jonathon Ceglar dominated in the ruck and also popped up with a goal on Saturday afternoon

HAWTHORN  has warmed up for its Grand Final rematch against the Sydney Swans by cruising to a 105-point victory over Melbourne, inflicting Paul Roos' biggest loss as a coach.

The Hawks heaped more misery on the uncompetitive Demons at the MCG on Saturday, winning 24.11 (155) to 7.8 (50) with minimal fuss and plenty of hard running.

Roos' heaviest defeat had previously been Melbourne's 93-point loss to West Coast last year.

Alastair Clarkson's men punished turnovers and benefited from substandard defending, finding loose men everywhere in a fashion more commonly seen at training.

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The Swans will provide more resistance at the MCG on Saturday week, but such a one-sided contest should restore the Hawks' confidence after a shock loss in round six.

"We were on a little bit of a mission today, we were really poor last week and wanted to atone for a disappointing loss," Alastair Clarkson said after the match. 

"Our spirit and endeavour from quarter-to-quarter was much better … and if we can do that then we give ourselves a chance against any side in the competition. 

"If we serve up inconsistency like we did from contest-to-contest last week against GWS, then sometimes we'll win and sometimes we'll lose and we're not a sometimes footy club." 

The match started so positively for Melbourne.

Jarryd Roughead's opening-minute shot went out on the full, allowing the Demons to bank the first two goals of the game.

Bernie Vince's intercept was followed by an intelligent kick that created space for Jeff Garlett to run into.

Garlett did just that - plucking the ball near the 50m arc and carrying it all the way to the goal square.

Cameron Pedersen, a late inclusion for Jesse Hogan, then clutched a contested mark and converted.

The Demons had a 12-point lead after four minutes.

Were the reigning premiers really at risk of being rolled two weeks in a row?

The answer couldn't have been more succinct and would have been unpleasant viewing for those Melbourne fans among the crowd of 41,935.

The Hawks booted 23 of the next 26 goals, building a 26-point lead at quarter-time and increasing it at every break.

 

Their pressure was relentless, while Melbourne's was almost nonexistent.

That can explain some of the Demons' schoolboy errors, but not all of them.

Take for example Pedersen's set shot in the second quarter, when he pulled in a strong pack mark.

The key forward failed to make the distance from approximately 35m out, while none of his teammates bothered to provide a contest in the goal square.

Pedersen, Daniel Cross and Nathan Jones were among their side's best, based on endeavour as much as anything else.

Asked what his message to the players post-match had been, Paul Roos said: "Probably just to forget the game". 

"After the game the easiest thing is to rip into them about effort and all those sorts of things, but you've got to give yourself some time to really analyse the game and make sure you're clear on what the reasons were for a performance like that. 

"I don't think we'll show the game to the players at all, I don't think there's any benefit in that." 

James Frawley, who left the Demons after the 2014 season as a free agent, was involved in few blow-ups against his old side but was routinely booed by Melbourne fans.

Hawthorn had 13 goal-kickers, headed by Roughead's four, while the run of Bradley Hill and Billy Hartung complemented a typically brilliant game from Sam Mitchell in the middle.

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A bit of push-and-shove was about all James Frawley and Chris Dawes did on Saturday. Picture: AFL Media 

HAWTHORN    6.2  10.6  18.8  24.11 (155)
MELBOURNE    2.0   3.3    4.6     7.8 (50)

GOALS
Hawthorn: Roughead 4, Breust 3, Rioli 3, Schoenmakers 2, Hale 2, Puopolo 2,Langford 2, Suckling, Ceglar, Mitchell, Hartung, Hill, Gunston
Melbourne: Garlett 3, Pedersen 3, Bail

BEST
Hawthorn: Mitchell, Hartung, Hill, Roughead, Burgoyne, Langford, Shiels, Ceglar
Melbourne: Garlett, Pedersen, McDonald

INJURIES
Hawthorn: Isaac Smith (illness) replaced in the selected side by Jonathan Simpkin
Melbourne: Jesse Hogan (soreness) replaced in the selected side by Cam Pedersen, Salem (hamstring)

SUBSTITUTES
Hawthorn: Jonathan Simpkin replaced David Hale in the third quarter
Melbourne: Billy Stretch replaced Christian Salem in the second quarter

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Edwards, Ryan

Official crowd: 41,935 at the MCG