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The Hawthorn way

R8: Cousins, "Match any side" James Cousins who had a career best game with 25 disposals and a goal says when the Hawks are on, they're on.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: James Cousins of the Hawks marks the ball during the 2019 AFL round 08 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 12, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos)
The Hawks were able to pull through in record-breaking fashion on the weekend.

One of the most impressive elements of Hawthorn’s win on Sunday was the ability to execute its plan.

This was possibly encapsulated no better than in one record-breaking category.

The Hawks strangled the Giants' ball movement to such extremes and used the ball efficiently themselves that they had a run of 40 uncontested marks without GWS having one.

It is the longest such streak since Champion Data began recording the statistic in 1999, and came at the start of the final term, when Hawthorn put the final nail in the Giants' coffin. 

The Hawks ultimately finished the game with a sizeable discrepancy of 119 uncontested marks to the Giants’ 93.

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 YEAR

 ROUND

 CLUB

 OPPONENT

 CONSECUTIVE UNCONTESTED MARKS

 2019

 8

 Hawthorn

 GWS

 40

 2012

 22

 St Kilda

 GWS

 34

 2007

 11

 Western Bulldogs

 Brisbane

 32

 2015

 26

 Hawthorn

 Fremantle

 29

 2010

 8

 West Coast

 Melbourne

 29

 2016

 1

 West Coast

 Brisbane

 28

 2013

 2

 North Melbourne

 Geelong

 28

 2014

 21

 GWS

 Melbourne

 28

 2012

 21

 Carlton

 Essendon

 28

 2016

 15

 Gold Coast

 St Kilda

 28

 

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