Demons find form to beat Hawthorn

20 July 2020 19:18:59 GMTPlus10

Melbourne produced their best display of the season so far to beat Hawthorn by 43 points at Giants Stadium.

Christian Petracca and Max Gawn were the outstanding contributors to the Demons' success, as they levelled their ledger on the year at 3-3 and moved up to a season-high 12th place on the ladder.

Petracca finished with 29 disposals and 14 score involvements, while Gawn had eight intercept possessions to go with his 22 disposals.

Having toughed out a much-needed win over Gold Coast last week, Melbourne took it up another level to win 14.7 (91) to 7.6 (48).

They led Alastair Clarkson's side by 12 points at the first change and booted four more majors in each of the next two quarters.

Melbourne's pressure once they started getting the ball into attack was a big reason why the Hawks went 16 minutes without an inside 50 across the first and second quarters.

Hawthorn, who had only two goals to the main break to fall behind by 30 points, cut that deficit to three goals thanks to majors from Jack Gunston and Chad Wingard.

But Simon Goodwin's team steadied, and an excellent build-up finished with Sam Weideman kicking the first of five consecutive Demons majors.

Former Melbourne defender Sam Frost (nine intercept possessions) and young gun Will Day tried valiantly for the Hawks, who have now lost three consecutive games by at least five goals.

Clarkson said after the loss: "We'll keep working away. There's no easy fix to this - just hard work.

"We know we've got a very loyal fanbase that will stick with our group, and the wheel will turn - we're hoping it's sooner rather than later but we're not going to give up on it."

Melbourne are 80/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Demons are 81/50 to win their next game against Brisbane, who are 13/25.

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