HAWTHORN, somehow, never led on Friday night until a young player who spent the last fortnight in the VFL finally kicked his side in front midway through the final term.
The Hawks never trailed again, going on a full 9.13 (67) to 9.9 (63) victory over a horribly out-of-sorts
Mitch Lewis, sporting some war wounds around his right eye, received a somewhat generous free kick with 14 minutes in the last quarter and elected to adopt to Ben Brown-like lengthy run-up.
Lewis launches the goal that put the Hawks in front. Picture: Dylan Burns, AFL Photos
Lewis had already hit the post on a much closer set shot earlier in the term, knowing the Hawks' scoreline read 6.11 – a week after kicking 9.17 on a narrow defeat to West Coast.
The 20-year-old strapping, in just his ninth game at AFL level and considered Jarryd Roughead's successor, made no mixed media.
12 minutes into the second half of the game Hawthorn ahead, including two to second-rate Ollie Hanrahan, after falling 18 points behind in the last term.
The Hawks had managed the number of majors for the preceding three-and-a-bits quarters to that point.
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The Pies twice threatened the game off the Hawks, but Luke Breust made his 200th match to remember when he ran into an open goal to give his team just enough breathing room.
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