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Hawks soar past Power, Roos show mettle

12 August 2012 11:45

The 24.15 (159) to 13.9 (87) result marks the Hawks' 10th victory from their past 11 games at their home away from home, and strengthens their grip on a top-four place on the ladder.

Grant Birchall took charge in the Hawks' engine room with 32 touches, while Paul Puopolo was a constant menace for the Power defence and finished with five goals.

Captain Luke Hodge, playing his 200th match, continued his recovery from injury with 17 possessions and a goal, while Port Adelaide counterpart Domenic Cassisi, reaching the same milestone, managed 15 disposals.

Travis Boak garnered the most touches for the Power with 31, while Danyle Pearce and Brad Ebert were also influential.

At the MCG, Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs for the first time since 2005 with a 70–point demolition.

The Tigers booted the first six goals of the match and withstood a spirited Dogs fightback to cruise to the 22.18 (150) to 12.8 (80) result.

Trent Cotchin was outstanding with 35 touches, three goals and countless score involvements in another best-on-ground performance.

And North Melbourne recorded one of their gutsiest victories for some time, overcoming the early losses of injured stars Daniel Wells and Leigh Adams to defeat a disappointing Essendon outfit by 24 points at Etihad Stadium.

Adams (dislocated shoulder) and Wells (calf) did not return to the field of play after quarter-time, but the Kangaroos gritted their teeth and held Essendon at bay to register a 15.10 (100) to 11.10 (76) victory.

The result sees North Melbourne, who have won eight of their last nine matches, move to sixth on the ladder with a 12-7 record to all but guarantee themselves finals action.

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