AFL Results: Hawthorn Hawks upset Adelaide Crows

Posted by Sports News First on 22/6/2017
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Ball magnet Tom Mitchell has inspired Hawthorn to an upset 14-point victory against AFL ladder-leaders Adelaide.

Mitchell collected 38 disposals and kicked a clutch goal as the Hawks won 14.12 (96) to 12.10 (82) on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval.

Emerging star Ryan Burton, Shaun Burgoyne, Paul Puopolo, ex-Crow Rickey Henderson and Tim O’Brien kicked two goals each for the unfancied Hawks.

Adelaide (nine wins, four losses) blew a chance to consolidate at the top of the table – they led in the last quarter but couldn’t close the deal.

Instead, Hawthorn’s Puopolo, Adelaide discard Henderson and the influential Burgoyne kicked the last goals of the game for a stirring win for the visitors.

Henderson (30 disposals) was prominent in Hawthorn’s fifth win, with ball-winner Mitchell’s midfield colleagues Burgoyne (26 disposals) and Liam Shiels (21 touches) also busy.

They helped to stifle a Crows side overly reliant on brothers Matt and Brad Crouch, who had 64 disposals between them.

Rory Atkins (28 possessions), link-man Tom Lynch and Rory Laird (28 disposals) battled gamely while Josh Jenkins kicked three goals.

But the Crows were on the back foot from the start – Hawk stalwarts Burgoyne and Jarryd Roughead goaled inside four minutes.

Adelaide, before a 45,312-strong home crowd, settled and drew level by quarter-time, 4.2 apiece.

The Crows’ vaunted attack found fluency in the second stanza, with keys Taylor Walker and Jenkins kicking two majors each.

Their scoring helped Adelaide craft an 18-point halftime advantage, and the ladder leaders appeared in control.

But the plucky Hawks rallied after the break, booting three consecutive goals – the last two were on-the-run efforts by Burton, giving the visitors a two-point lead.

Adelaide’s Hugh Greenwood, a former NBL player turning in his best AFL game, replied as the Crows went five points ahead at three-quarter time.

But new Hawk Henderson, against his former club, and the influential Mitchell goaled before Andy Otten struck back for the Crows.

After a tense scrap of behinds, Hawthorn veteran Puopolo converted for a seven-point break before Henderson and Burgoyne struck the sealers.