Hawks on top after thrilling win

25 agosto 2012 14:50

Trailing by as many as 38 points midway through the second term, the Hawks got themselves in front by four points at the final break after kicking nine of the next 11 goals.

And in an enthralling final term, the lead changed seven times before the Hawks edged in front for the final time to hold on for a 15.12 (102) to 14.11 (95) victory.

Sydney looked like they would snatch an incredible win when Ryan O'Keefe kicked truly from 40 metres out 28 minutes into the last term to give the home side a five-point lead.

But the Hawks showed why they are flag favourites with Shaun Burgoyne responding almost immediately before Brad Sewell iced the result with a booming 50-metre goal a minute later.

It was an unbelievable win for Alastair Clarkson's side, who did not kick their first goal until the six-minute mark of the second term as the Swans flew out of the blocks in front of a monster Sydney crowd.

But, inspired by the returning Lance Franklin, who kicked four goals in his first game in six weeks, the Hawks fought back to land a big psychological blow on Sydney just two weeks out from the finals.

In other results, West Coast replaced Collingwood in the top four after a 49-point rout of the Magpies at Patersons Stadium.

The 15.17 (107) to 8.10 (58) scoreline snapped a seven-game losing streak for West Coast against Collingwood and moves them ahead of Nathan Buckley's team on percentage.

The Eagles dominated the hit outs (60-12) and clearances (48-23) in Darren Jolly's absence as Nic Naitanui ran rampant with 17 possessions and 31 hit outs.

Dean Cox gathered 14 touches and 28 hit outs, despite copping a knock to the face in the second term.

West Coast's midfield took full toll of their first use with Daniel Kerr (36 possessions), Luke Shuey (27) and Matt Priddis (29) outdoing their more fancied opponents.

Carlton's season has been left in tatters after Gold Coast all but ended their finals hopes with a stunning 12-point win at Metricon Stadium.

Despite having it all to play for, the Blues were embarrassed by the injury-plagued Suns in the first half and then failed to hold their nerve when the game was in the balance late.

Clawing back from a 40-point deficit, the visitors got to within one straight kick in a furious final quarter - but the Suns stood tall to claim a 15.8 (98) to 11.20 (86) result.

A fast-finishing Brisbane dug deep into their well of reserves to overrun Port Adelaide by 11 points at AAMI Stadium.

Skipper Jonathan Brown booted four goals, while Dayne Zorko and Josh Green booted three apiece as the Lions stormed home 16.8 (104) to 14.9 (93) in steady drizzle.

And St Kilda kept their slim finals hopes alive with a routine 128-point belting of Greater Western Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

The Saints blitzed the inexperienced Giants in a dominant first half before cruising to the 25.13 (163) to 5.5 (35) victory.

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