Hawkins — who pushed a Cats 14 points transparent with his fourth idea median by a final entertain — collected a Eagle defender with a overhanging round-arm suit to a behind of a head.
Melbourne good Garry Lyon pronounced on SEN: “He ain’t personification again this year” after a off-the-ball strike in a third term.
Legendary goalkicker Wayne Carey pronounced Hawkins’ hopes of evading with a glorious when compare examination officer Michael Christian assesses a occurrence would be increased by Schofield personification out a semi-final thriller during a MCG.
Matthew Richardson told Channel 7: “It was off a footy we only don’t get because he was doing it. The fact it was a prolonged approach off footy doesn’t assistance him”.
Schofield seemed rattled for a integrate of minutes, though his ability to play on indicated he was not concussed.
Christian — who has not dangling any actor given Round 18 — is expected to class a third-quarter occurrence high hit and low impact.
If Hawkins’ movement is deemed conscious afterwards he is set to lay in a stands when a Cats and Tigers conflict for a place in a Grand Final.
That would leave sidekick Esava Ratugolea (three goals) to stalk Geelong’s attack.
Hawkins, who was bizarrely not asked about a occurrence by Channel 7 post-match, pronounced a Cats wanted to “throw a initial punch”.
“We were underneath a satisfactory bit of vigour externally. But internally we knew this organisation was good enough. It is a new team, it’s a new make-up,” Hawkins pronounced after a Cats avoided apropos a initial teenager premier given 1983 to crawl out in true sets.
“We wanted to play ballsy football and we suspicion we did. Getting (Mark) Blicavs and Sam Menegola on a wing, dual glorious runners and they set a tinge for us.”
Captain Joel Selwood pronounced a Cats wanted to “play good for (coach Chris Scott)” after his finals record given 2011 forsaken to 3-10 final week.
“If a lot of people knew a contribution about what goes on they would have realised it was some-more than (Scott),” Selwood said.
“We only didn’t play good final week, we were unequivocally disappointed. To come out and do that it only shows what a boys are done of.”
Hawkins slotted goals inside a opening dual mins of a first, second and fourth quarters.
The All-Australian entered a semi-final carrying unsuccessful to flog a idea for his past 3 matches, a equal-longest drought of his 256-game career.
Geelong’s 32-point lead in a second entertain had morphed into a four-point necessity by a final change, before Hawkins led a Cats to a overwhelming Sep victory.
Inured Cat Mitch Duncan has been wearing a prop on his left knee 24 hours a day and all though ruled himself out of a rough final.
“Every day it feels a bit opposite so a some-more we can do on it and get that fortitude in there a some-more possibility we am,” Duncan told AFL Tonight.
“If I’m not (back subsequent week) hopefully a boys can win again and if it comes to a Grand Final it’s all adult for grabs.”
Duncan, 28, harmed his middle vinculum in final week’s subordinate final detriment to Collingwood.