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VFLW match report: R9

Hawthorn VFLW team song After another last minute win, the Hawks' VFLW side belt out the club song.

Hawthorn’s VFLW team has defeated Williamstown by 4-points, in a heated clash at Box Hill City Oval on Sunday afternoon.  

The game was undecided until the final seconds, but it was Hawthorn who claimed a four-point victory after a late goal.

A slow start from the Hawks allowed their opponents to hit the scoreboard first. The Seagulls dominated in the opening term, as the home-side were unable to find their targets or deliver the ball forward. Clare O’Donnell managed to kick the Hawks’ first major, but it was Williamstown who replied with back-to-back goals before quarter time. 

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The second term proved a comeback quarter for the Hawks who caught up with their visitors by kicking two goals to none. Hawthorn’s defensive efforts were impressive to recover from a tough first quarter. Hawthorn forwards Olivia Flanagan and Samara David capitalized on momentum as they kicked a goal each, to leave the Hawks trailing by just three points at half time.  

An early goal in the third quarter saw the Hawks take the lead. It was a tough contest, with high pressure across all areas of the field. Flanagan extended the margin by kicking her second goal, but Williamstown regained momentum as Sharnie Whiting and Jasmine Garmer added to the board for the Seagulls, taking a nine-point lead into the final break.  

The last quarter saw the Seagulls fighting hard to hang on to their lead, but they fell short of goal opportunities. A 50m penalty to dynamic forward Rebecca Beeson saw her kick her first ever goal for the Hawks, and within seconds she had added another to put the Hawks in front at the final siren. 

The Hawks play away next week against Melbourne Uni on Sunday the 15th of July at 3:30pm at Melbourne University Main Oval.


HAWTHORN           1.2 3.3 4.5 6.6 (42)
WILLIAMSTOWN    4.0 4.1 6.2 6.2 (38)



Hawthorn: Flanagan (2), Beeson (2), O’Donnell, David
Williamstown: Paterno (2), Porter, Whiting, Garner, Duffin


Hawthorn: Beeson, Flanagan, David, Yule, Macdonald, Van Dyk
Williamstown: Dardengo, Chapman, Cranny, Porter, Garner, Duffin

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