Hawthorn win to move into top four
Hawthorn survived a close call to beat North Melbourne by four points at Marvel Stadium, four their third win in four games.
The Kangaroos threatened to come back from a 31-point deficit, and would have snatched victory if Jy Simpkin's close-range snap hadn't curled just inside the left goalpost in the final 30 seconds.
Rhyce Shaw's side had kicked four consecutive goals in quick succession to get back into the match.
But Hawthorn, for whom Chad Wingard kicked three goals for the second week in a row, hung on for an 8.10 (58) to 8.6 (54) win.
The Hawks, fielding 10 players aged 29 or older, took a nine-point lead into half-time before taking a firm grip on the game in the third term.
There were no highlights in the game apart from the fact that we got a result.Alastair Clarkson
They kicked two goals, while holding the Kangaroos scoreless.
Alastair Clarkson's side did a good job on North spearhead Ben Brown, who had just one possession across the first three quarters.
Shaun Higgins was outstanding for the Kangaroos with a game-high 30 disposals, while Todd Goldstein won his ruck battle with Jon Ceglar.
Skipper Jack Ziebell, who wore heavy strapping on his right knee, departed in the final term with a sore left hamstring. Shaw was unsure of the severity of Ziebell's setback when he faced the media post-game but he must be in doubt for at least next week.
The victory moved the Hawks into the top four, but Clarkson was not too impressed by his side's display.
"There were no highlights in the game apart from the fact that we got a result," he said.
"I don't think North played well and I don't think Hawthorn played well, but we got a result so we can bank it and move on."
Hawthorn are 30/1 to win the Grand Final.
The Hawks are 11/10 to win their next game against Greater Western Sydney, who are 77/100.
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