High scoring team kept to their lowest ever score
Heading into Friday’s game, GWS were sitting second in the competition for goals scored.
On Friday night the Hawks kept the Giants to just four goals, including a goalless second half.
GWS’ 29-point total is the lowest score in the club’s short history.
Of course the omissions of key forwards Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Finlayson wouldn’t have helped the Giants case, but it’s the second time this season Hawthorn have kept GWS to five goals or less.
One astounding statistic is that the Giants managed only one mark inside 50 from their 42 entries across the game.
Two rucks better than one?
GWS’ decision to include two rucks in wet conditions turned a few heads on Friday night.
Giants coach Leon Cameron said before the game it was to counter for the absence of Himmelberg and Finlayson.
However, with Ben McEvoy missing due to injury the Giants might have been hoping to exploit Hawthorn’s ruck stocks.
Enter Jonathon Ceglar who did more than just hold his own.
The Hawthorn ruck stood tall against the two Giants with 35 hit-outs and 16 disposals, of which 12 were contested, and eight clearances.
How can we not mention the snow?
It’s the first time in the competition’s history that snow has fallen during an AFL match.
Cheers arose from the crowd as sleet dropped from the sky.
The night match scheduled for the middle of winter in Canberra will go down in history as the first of its kind.
It’s nice to know that a dominant Hawthorn performance will accompany the snow in the history books.