The Wrap Up: Hawthorn v Melbourne

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Hawthorn has recorded a massive victory over Melbourne at the MCG in rainy conditions.

Two teams supposed to be pretty evenly placed proved not to be as Hawthorn ran away 67-point winners.

Here’s everything you need to know!

The Medical Room: Soliders down for the Hawks

As good as Hawthorn looked in this game, coach Alastair Clarkson would be worried about the injury issues picked up in this game.

Cyril Rioli didn’t return to the game after half time, suffering a medial ligament which could mean a serious stint on the sidelines.

Paul Puopolo appears to have pulled a hamstring, which would rule him out for at least the next three weeks.

James Frawley injured his groin early in the game, but stayed out on the ground and moved to full forward.

Regardless, he’d be in doubt for next week.

On the Melbourne side of things, defender Neville Jetta went down with an ankle injury.

The Talking Point: Are the Hawks back?

At quarter time the Demons were in control, but the Hawks adjusted and it was their game from that point forward.

They restricted Melbourne to only four behinds total across the second and third quarters, while eight of their own.

The Hawks continued to push away in the fourth term, blowing out the lifeless Dees.

The Young Gun: David Mirra

Okay, he isn’t young, but first-gamer David Mirra’s path to the AFL is worth a mention regardless.

Mirra nominated for the AFL draft in 2009, but was overlooked and spent a long period of time with the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL.

Now, after getting rookie listed by the Hawthorn Hawks, he got the opportunity to make his debut.

Mirra finished with 17 disposals in a quality first outing.

What’s next?

Melbourne prepare for the big ANZAC Day eve clash with Richmond at the MCG in front of what could be a sold out crowd.

The Hawks meanwhile will take on a red-hot North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Full Score

Hawthorn: 3.5, 7.5, 11.7, 18.7. (115)
Melbourne: 5.5, 5.9, 5.11, 6.12 (48)

Hawthorn: Breust 3, O’Brien 3, Roughead 3, O’Meara 2, Gunston 2, Smith 2, Puopolo, Henderson
Melbourne: Kent 3, Neal-Bullen, Salem, Hogan

Hawthorn: Shiels, Roughead, Breust, Gunston, O’Meara
Melbourne: Gawn, Oliver, Kent, Hogan

Hawthorn: Frawley (groin), Puopolo (hamstring), Rioli (medial ligament)
Melbourne: Jetta (ankle)

Reports: Nil

Official crowd: 41,973 at the MCG.