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Hawthorn scores stunning upset win over Adelaide

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TODAY’S LINE-UP from 6PM: Cameron Ling, Daniel Harford, Dwayne Russell, Bruce Eva, and Nick Butler.


A very happy Hawthorn skipper Jarryd Roughead spoke to 3AW in the rooms.

He said it was a great effort to keep Adelaide to just 12 goals.

“I think we only kept them to three goals in the second half,” Roughead said.

He said the Crows’ frustration showed in their ball movement.

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The 17th-placed Hawks have pulled off a stunning upset, knocking off the ladder leaders by 14 points.

Ex-Crow Ricky Henderson booted two telling goals in the final quarter.

Cameron Ling put his hand up after the game, admitting he gave Hawthorn no chance to come away from Adelaide with four points.

“I sold the Hawks short!” Lingy said.

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Adelaide leads by 18 points at the main break. Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker both have two goals.

The Crows have had the better of play, but Hawthorn has defended resolutely to keep the margin in check.

Cameron Ling said the stats sheet spelled “alarm bells” for the Hawks.

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Hawthorn assistant Damian Monkhorst spoke to 3AW before the game.

He said tonight is distinct from the Hawks’ last trip to Adelaide.

Against Port, the Hawks were on their second road trip in a row and were off a six-day break, whereas tonight they are coming off a bye.

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Adelaide chairman Rob Chapman spoke to 3AW before the game.

He said there need to be more rules around clubs approaching players during the season.

“I think it’s a bit disrespectful,” he said.

“I’d hate for other clubs to be talking about our players publicly.”

Chapman said the current state of play is “unhealthy”.

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The Hawks were embarrassed in the City of Churches just three weeks ago.

Tonight, they have the chance to redeem themselves against the ladder leaders.

With premiership stars Grant Birchall, Luke Hodge, Luke Breust, and Ryan Schoenmakers strengthening the line-up, the Hawks won’t be lying down on Thursday night.

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