Hawthorn 17 14 (116) defeated Gold Coast Suns 10 3 (63)
On a wet and miserable Tasmanian afternoon at Aurora Stadium the Hawks flexed their muscles on an up and coming Gold Coast team to earn a 53 point win, the only downside for the Hawks was what looked to be yet another hamstring injury to Cyril Rioli.
Gold Coast’s nickname may be the ‘Suns’, but they saw very little of it literally or figuratively on an afternoon of driving rain.
It started out so differently. The Suns were very competitive early, going goal for goal with the reigning premiers and perhaps beginning to dream of an upset as halftime approached. In a slog of a first half scores were level at 30 points a piece with just over five minutes of playing time remaining in the first half.