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Hawthorn 19.7.121 defeated Geelong 12.13.85

Hawthorn

The best

  • Cyril Rioli – Rating: 9
    Rioli was outstanding in the fast-paced contest between the two rivals. His productivity and effectiveness was a sight to behold, scoring six goals from his extremely influential total of 12 touches.
  • Luke Hodge – Rating: 9
    Hodge led the way for his side, demonstrating his real class and leadership by collecting 24 disposals and kicking four goals to help his side to a comfortable victory.
  • Sam Mitchell – Rating: 8
    Mitchell was as effective as always, controlling the game from midfield to notching up 28 touches, the most of any Hawthorn player, while also laying seven tackles.

The worst:

  • Ben Stratton – Rating: 4
    it’s difficult to pick out the worst players for a team that won so convincingly: while Stratton didn’t really do anything wrong, his low total of eight disposals made him worthy of a nomination.
  • Bradley Hill – Rating: 4
    Hill didn’t have his most influential performance, only accruing nine disposals (well below his season average of 19) while failing to impact on the scoreboard.
  • David Hale – Rating: 5
    Again his performance wasn’t dismal to any extent, as he helped Ben McEvoy with the ruck duties, racking up 21 hit outs but his inability to impact the scoreboard and his 8 disposals, put his name on this list.

The rest:

  • Luke Breust – 8
  • Jordan Lewis – 8
  • Jarryd Roughead – 7.5
  • Liam Shiels – 7
  • Grant Birchall – 7
  • Shaun Burgoyne – 7
  • Ben McEvoy – 7
  • Matthew Suckling – 7
  • Isaac Smith – 6.5
  • Billy Hartung – 6.5
  • Jack Gunston – 6
  • Paul Puopolo – 6
  • Josh Gibson – 6
  • Brian Lake – 6
  • James Frawley – 6
  • Dan Howe – 5

Geelong

The best

  • Cameron Guthrie – Rating: 9
    Guthrie was outstanding for his side, collecting 30 disposals, six marks and three goals in a dominate display. His performance really lifted his side and helped them cut the margin to just nine points either side of half-time.
  • Joel Selwood – Rating: 9
    The captain typically led from all fronts trying to help his side take it to the reigning premiers, collecting 25 disposals and 12 clearances.
  • Corey Enright – Rating: 8.5
    As cool and calm as ever, Enright notched up 28 disposals and 10 marks to control the play from the back half.

The worst:

  • Nakia Cockatoo – Rating: 5
    The raw but exciting Cockatoo wasn’t able to make an immediate impact on the contest. Struggling to use his skill and trickery after coming on in the third quarter, Cockatoo only had 6 disposals although he was able to find his way onto the scoresheet with a goal.
  • Cory Gregson – Rating: 4
    Gregson also didn’t put in the best of performances, only managing nine disposals and failing to have an impact on the contest.
  • James Kelly – Rating: 4
    Kelly didn’t put in the sort of performance he would have hoped for, only managing 10 disposals before being subbed in the third quarter with what looked to be an ankle problem.

The rest:

  • Steve Johnson – 8
  • Andrew Mackie – 7.5
  • Jake Kolodjashnij – 7
  • George Horlin-Smith – 6.5
  • Tom Hawkins – 6
  • Darcy Lang – 6
  • Jimmy Bartel – 6
  • Steven Motlop – 6
  • Mathew Stokes – 6
  • Jordan Murdoch – 6
  • Mark Blicavs – 5
  • Jackson Thurlow – 5
  • Jared Rivers – 5
  • Joshua Walker – 5
  • Harry Taylor – 5
  • Josh Caddy – 4