Four goals to Jack Gunston during his 100th AFL game have helped premiers Hawthorn to a 72-point drubbing of Brisbane.
The 21.8 (134) to 9.8 (62) victory on Saturday was secured by a 10-goal haul in the second quarter, which took the Hawks go to the main break with a 34-point lead at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium.
Gunston was valuable in attack throughout the free-flowing game and found good support.
Along with standout efforts from ever-reliable forward Jarryd Roughead, who finished with three goals and 30 disposals, and Liam Shiels (34 disposals), the Hawks didn’t suffer from the absence of skipper Luke Hodge (suspension) and Sam Mitchell (injury).
It was a quick-fire start for the Hawks with Matthew Suckling kicking a goal in the opening 30 seconds on the first play of the day.
But Brisbane appeared determined not to let the favourites run away too early and quickly replied.
Pearce Hanley found the middle pegs for the Lions, and chasers came from Luke McGuane, Jed Adcock and skipper Tom Rockliff.
The Hawks seemed stifled and Brisbane went to the first break 15 points ahead.
It was to be a short-lived lead, however, with the Hawks returning for the second quarter to pile on 10 goals, including an impressive Isaac Smith bomb from outside 50.
After displaying early confidence, the Lions lost their rhythm, giving away possession through repeated errors as Hawthorn dominated.
The Hawks shared the spoils with 12 players kicking goals, including James Frawley who finished with three.
Rover Jordan Lewis recorded 31 disposals.
For Brisbane, skipper Rockliff was the standout, with a goal and 45 disposals.
Stefan Martin had 40 hit-outs while McGuane and Adcock finished with two goals each.