Luke Hodge has led Hawthorn to a convincing 70-point win over an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs side in Launceston.
The Hawks’ skipper put in a masterful performance, with 44 possessions and two goals in the 19.13 (127) to 8.9 (57) win, with Jarryd Roughead also a key contributor up forward with seven goals.
The Bulldogs suffered a heavy injury toll in their first loss of the season.
Matthew Boyd (calf) and Marcus Bontempelli (calf) dropped out of the side before the match, but then Luke Beveridge had to contend with the losses of Dale Morris (shoulder) and Mitch Wallis (back).
Morris was subbed out, but the Dogs were one player down on the bench when Wallis couldn’t return after copping a heavy knock in the first term.
The Bulldogs had first use of a stiff breeze, but still trailed by two points at the first break. Hawthorn put it to better use in the second with Roughead adding three goals as the Hawks sprinted away to lead by 35 points at halftime.
With the wind at their backs once again in the third quarter, the Dogs were unable to make any inroads into the margin, which blew out in the final term when the Hawks booted five goals to none.
Luke Dahlhaus (28 possessions) worked hard for the Bulldogs, with Robert Murphy also important with 24 touches.
Hawthorn had contributors across every line with Jordan Lewis (41) and Isaac Smith (36) prominent. Bradley Hill failed to shake off the after effects of the heavy knock he received against Essendon last week and was a late withdrawal for Hawthorn.