Classy Hawks run down Roos

WHILE it got a much more competitive opponent than in its first NAB Challenge outing, Hawthorn again easily  gave out  another football lesson as it downed North Melbourne 18.10 (118) to 8.5 (53) at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.

The Hawks were as brilliant at times as Kangaroos outfit were disappointing, as they won with ease, despite a mini-Roo fight back in the second quarter. 

North applied the early pressure, but it was often misplaced, with three of Hawthorn's first four goals coming thanks to umpire intervention 

The Kangaroos tall forward structure of Drew Petrie, Majak Daw, Aaron Black and Daniel Currie was one which allowed Hawthorn's defensive runner to run it out with ease.

When North was able to run the ball itself out of defence to a much more open forward line, it got itself back into the game, but for all its good work, it could not eat into the 30 point quarter time deficit. 

The margin was 50 at the final break before fine Hawks won by 65. 

Hawthorn's pressure was first rate and North had no answers.

Liam Shiels, who had 14 touches and kicked three goals in the first term, finished with 30 disposals, while Sam Mitchell, Bradley Hill, Will Langford and Tim O'Brien (three goals) were also impressive. 

Aaron Black was outstanding for the Roos with three goals, while Daniel Wells, Ben Cunnington, Nick Dal Santo and father-son pick Luke McDonald all tried hard.

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