Round 7 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: The icing on the cake

Hawthorn versus Melbourne


2.10pm, Saturday 16th May




Molly Lennon


My family have gone to the local footy to watch The Gap Dragons under-11s take on the Aspley Hornets. So I’m sitting here all alone on the couch for the Hawthorn-Melbourne match wearing my favourite scarf. Thankfully, I‘ve got our cat Finnbarr and my cuddly Hawks pillow pet, ‘Huddo’ to keep me company.


This is the first time I’ve been nervous watching Hawthorn take on the Demons in over two years. After all, last week we lost to the Giants!


Right before this nerve-racking game begins I go to the kitchen to make some icing to put on some biscuits and I obviously make them yellow (or gold) to help support my Hawks.


Hawthorn is all fired up. “Let’s go for the win,” I yell to Finnbarr.


There goes the siren. The game is off and it’s a quick start for the Hawks. Roughy takes a marvellous mark and goes for goal but he kicks it out on the full!


A Melbourne player breaks from a herd of Demons and Hawks and runs and runs to score the first goal of the match. Crikey! Melbourne is going for another goal and it’s deadly accurate. Hawthorn need to get their head in the game.


So they do. Hawthorn is just too good. Roughy gets the ball and handballs to Cyril who was right in front of the goals and kicks it. I love him.


I take a break to clean up my icing sugar mess which I’d gotten everywhere! Mum will be home soon.


The ball is kicked out to Sammy but somehow it ends up with Duryea, who shoots for goal. He misses, but big David Hale, playing his first match of the season, marks it on the line and gets the goal. Beautiful.


As the first quarter comes to an end, I started to eat my delicious biscuits. Yum!


The second quarter begins and Cyril kicks the opening goal to give Hawthorn the start they need. The Demons bring the ball forward many times but they don’t have the accuracy to get the goals they need.


It’s intense. Bradley Hill shows just how good he is and goes on the run, aiming for goal. Again, he’s so close there’s no way can he miss and of course he doesn’t disappoint. These biscuits are just the best.


Our ruckman Ceglar goes for a goal but it’s touched, however it doesn’t matter as Roughead quickly gets a goal afterwards. Billy Hartung and Hill use their running power to get the ball to Gunston in the forward line. Gunston misses but all that matters is the amazing team work from Billy and Hilly.


Puopolo scores a goal making the margin 45 points at half time. Oh dear, I’ve run out of biscuits.


And there goes the bounce. It’s a slow start to the third quarter but the ball goes into Langford’s hands. Yes Langford! He kicks the first goal of the quarter (only just).


Hawthorn is on fire. Sammy gets a goal not long after Langford. Rioli goes for a mark but misses and it goes to Langford, who marks the ball while being clawed to the ground, and takes the goal. Mighty Will!


Puopolo uses all his might and jumps on two Demons’ shoulders taking a great mark and then kicking an even better goal. He must have had some of my good luck biscuits!


Even though there are only thirty seconds left in the quarter, both teams are putting in the hard yards to win the ball. I think I need some more iced biscuits!


We lead by eighty-six points at three-quarter time and there are still only two goal-kickers from Melbourne and a whole bunch for the mighty Hawks.


The family arrived home from the footy just as the last quarter began, so Dad sat down on the couch with me and Finnbarr. (The Gap lost to Aspley in a tight one but I’m told it was a good game).


Back to the TV and the fourth quarter began as the third quarter finished, with the Hawks dominating.


I was especially impressed with a beautiful intercept by Luke Breust to start off the last term. He swung on to his left and scored a  great goal. This was followed by another great goal from Gunston splitting the sticks. Perfection.


Then Cyril took a bold mark from the Bradley Hill pass before he popped it through, making the margin over 100 points! Boy he’s good.


I ran out of biscuits as the game finished with an amazing margin of 105. What a cracker of a game and an easy one too. Yes we won! The game was even better than homemade icing on biscuits.


What a day. And that result was my icing on the cake!



Hawthorn 6.2 10.6  18.8  24.11 (155) 
Melbourne 2.0 3.3  4.6  7.8 (50)


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



Hawthorn: Rioli, Mitchell, Hartung, Hill, Roughead, Langford, Ceglar,
Melbourne: Garlett, Pedersen, McDonald



Umpires: Rosebury, Edwards, Ryan


Official crowd: 41,935 at MCG


Our Votes: Rioli (Haw) 3, Hartung (Haw) 2, Mitchell (Haw) 1


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