Collingwood returned to the AFL winners list against an inept Hawthorn side, with the luckless Jon Patton making a miserable return to his old home ground.
Collingwood had lost its past two matches before rebounding to beat Hawthorn
Brody Mihocek lead the goal kicking for the Magpies with four majors
Hawthorn lost Jon Patton to a hamstring injury during the first quarter
Coming off consecutive losses, and dealing with several off-field distractions, the Magpies kicked the first three goals and dominated a horribly out-of-sorts Hawthorn to win 8.11 (59) to 3.9 (27) at Giants Stadium in Sydney.
They helped to escort workers off the site and by 4pm all parties had dispersed.
Hundreds of union members gathered again on Wednesday morning, with police returning to the site to ensure public safety.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the protest could “potentially spread the virus”.
“I want to be very clear that no gathering that size is appropriate no matter what the cause, no matter what the issue, no matter what the reason, because all those sorts of gatherings do is potentially spread that virus so police and public health officials will deal with that matter,” he told radio station 3AW.
“But I just urge anyone, there’s ways to make your point, there are ways to be heard. Spreading the virus is in no one’s interest, no one”.
Police Minister Lisa Neville told the radio station she understood that police would fine those not abiding by the rules unless they cooperate with social distancing guidelines.
On Tuesday night, CFMMEU Victorian state secretary John Setka said the two union officials were “just doing their job when attacked by a bunch of cowards”.
“Members’ safety is our main priority. This is unacceptable,” he tweeted.
The left lane of Toorak Road is closed in both directions between Auburn Road and Tooronga Road, and the speed limit decreased to 40km/h.
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A spokeswoman for the CFMMEU said two officials had arrived on site with “all their paperwork in order” when they were “attacked and jumped” by up to seven men.
She said one of the men was knocked unconscious after being struck in the back of the head with some kind of object. He was taken to hospital and has since woken up but was “not in great shape”, she said.
The investigation is now in the hands of police. They are on site investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Toorak Road is closed in both directions between Auburn Road and Tooronga Road due to the incident.
Hawthorn held off a late rally by North Melbourne to score a four-point AFL win at Docklands, after Geelong and Brisbane posted victories earlier in the day.
The Hawks led by 31 points during the final term, before the Kangaroos launched a stoic comeback
The Cats beat the Demons in a match that produced the lowest-scoring first half of the 2020 season
The Lions hold a 3-1 win-loss record following their victory over the Crows
The listless Kangaroos did not score in the third quarter against the Hawks and even trailed by a match-high 31 points in the final term.
But the Kangaroos, somehow, came storming home with the last four goals of the match to fall agonisingly short — 8.10 (58) to 8.6 (54).
A lively three goal-performance by Chad Wingard looked set to ease the Hawks to a comfortable win before the the Kangaroos sprang to life.
Debutant Tristan Xerri started the ball rolling with his first career goal 12 minutes into the last quarter, Ben Brown kicked his only goal of the night two minutes later, before Cam Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas followed suit.
The margin was five points when Curtis Taylor sprayed his shot and Jy Simpkin’s left-foot snap in traffic went the wrong side of the post for Kangaroos supporters with 19 seconds to go.
It was the last score of the night, allowing the Hawks to scrape to a win which had looked well in their keeping.
Wingard’s goal treble was the match-high return, while James Worpel, Liam Shiels and Tom Mitchell were important on the ball for Hawthorn.
The Hawks led by two points at the first break and should have been further than 21 points up midway through the second quarter, such was their dominance through the middle.
Wingard recovered from an earlier bad miss to slot two goals but Shaun Higgins was key as the Kangaroos hit back late to trail by nine points at half-time.
Hawks tall Mitchell Lewis booted the first goal of the third quarter and Shiels snapped the next with a minute to go.
In between those goals — as had so often happened since footy’s restart — a grim stalemate of slow ball movement was the norm, with both teams struggling to generate meaningful forward forays.
The margin blew out to 31 points as Wingard booted his third, before the match underwent its wild fluctuation.
Cats survive frantic finish
Geelong survived a spirited comeback from Melbourne to hold on for a three-point win at the MCG but the result has come at a significant cost, with star defender Tom Stewart suffering a suspected broken collarbone.
The dual All-Australian backman was hurt in an off-the-ball incident involving Tom McDonald, who moved towards Stewart before the pair bumped shoulders in a seemingly innocuous clash.
Stewart came off second best and was ruled out at quarter-time.
It was a sour note for the Cats on a day when they failed to impress but did enough to outlast Melbourne in a dour 7.5 (47) to 6.8 (44) win.
The match did not come alive until the final few minutes, when Cats defender Mark O’Connor’s horror turnover in the back pocket allowed Angus Brayshaw to kick a goal that cut the margin to four points.
Off-season recruit Adam Tomlinson had the chance to win the match for Melbourne in the dying stages but his set shot from 50 metres out drifted just wide.
Cam Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola and Patrick Dangerfield were all busy for Geelong throughout the match, as Darcy Fort and Esava Ratugolea worked hard to prevent Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn from dominating.
The ugly contest produced the lowest-scoring first half of 2020 with few highlights to speak of despite the match being played in perfect conditions.
The Demons looked out of it until the final few minutes when Brayshaw gave them a sniff.
The tough on-baller kicked two majors as the only multiple goal kicker for either side on the day.
Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney and Christian Petracca were among Melbourne’s best ball-winners and Kysaiah Pickett often looked dangerous in attack without kicking a goal.
Off-target Lions beat Crows
A wayward Brisbane Lions outfit prevailed by 37 points against the struggling Adelaide Crows in an AFL win punctuated by more injury concerns for captain Dayne Zorko.
The Lions dominated to lead by 40 points at half-time at the Gabba, but were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when the winless Crows kicked four-unanswered goals to get within 16 in the third term.
But, after seven consecutive behinds, Brisbane’s Zac Bailey kicked straight and Daniel Rich skipped one through from 60 metres out, as the hosts shot away to a 10.23 (83) to 7.4 (46) win.
Zorko missed last week’s defeat of West Coast with a similar injury and his return was short-lived, limping off to have his calf strapped as half-time loomed.
Lachie Neale (0.5) and Hugh McLuggage (1.5) managed 10 behinds between them to offset an inside-50 count more than double that of their rivals.
A third straight victory moves Brisbane (3-1) to equal second on the ladder behind the unbeaten Port Adelaide. The two teams will face each other at the Gabba next Saturday night.
Crows skipper Rory Sloane looked to roll his ankle but completed the match, while second-gamer Will Hamill (concussion) was a casualty and emerging forward Darcy Fogarty was a late scratching after hurting his shoulder on Friday at training.
Hawthorn and Australian football legend, John Kennedy senior, has died aged 91.
The Hawthorn Football Club released a statement saying he peacefully passed away this morning.
“He was a man of extraordinary humility and strong family values and his legacy will live on, always,” the club said.
A former captain, coach and administrator, Kennedy was recently elevated to legend status in the Australian Football Hall of Fame.
The man known as Kanga won four best-and-fairests during his 164-match playing career for Hawthorn between 1950 and 1959.
But it was off the field where he made his most significant mark on the game, coaching the Hawks to their first three premierships in 1961, 1971 and 1976.
He was a towering figure for the club, famous for his motivational speeches and his rallying cry “don’t think, do”.
“We would get some of the Bible, some of Karl Marx, some of Winston Churchill in our pre-game and post-match addresses that he made and I must admit, I was in the front row,” David Parkin, who took over as Hawks coach following Kennedy’s departure in 1976, said.
“John has had the greatest influence on the history of that club and anybody who had the privilege of playing under him or working with him would probably answer that question in exactly the same way.
Kennedy came back to coaching from 1985 to 1989 with North Melbourne.
But the Hawks remained tied with his family.
His son, John Kennedy junior, played 12 seasons for Hawthorn, and was part of four premierships.
His grandson, Josh Kennedy, was taken as a father-son selection in the 2006 AFL draft by Hawthorn, and played 13 games for the club before being traded to Sydney.
“John’s impact on Hawthorn Football Club will be eternal and his legacy will always live on at Hawthorn.
“So much of what Hawthorn is today, is because of the foundations John laid in yesteryears.
“His booming voice will forever echo in the corridors of the football club and the legend of the man in the brown overcoat, with a heart of gold, will be passed down from generation to generation of Hawthorn family.”
It left the reigning premiers winless from two games since the season restart after a dour draw with Collingwood in round two.
Slow starts have hurt Hardwick’s side, which has gone goalless in first quarters against the Hawks and Magpies and laid only nine tackles in the first half against Hawthorn.
Hardwick declared Martin a highly probable inclusion against St Kilda in round four but said his underperforming team needed a lift across the board.
“You take one of the best players, if not the best player in the league, out of your side and you’d prefer to have him than not,” Hardwick said.
“But the reality is there’s 22 other players that play our way, they just didn’t play well enough tonight.
“He’s a very important player, don’t get me wrong, but our expectation is that our players that pull on the jumper play a hell of a lot better than they did tonight and I’ve got to coach them better as well.”
Martin has been incredibly durable over the course of his decorated career, with Thursday night’s match just the eighth AFL game he has missed in 10 seasons.
The 28-year-old has played 226 of the Tigers’ 233 matches since making his AFL debut in round one of the 2010 season.
He hurt his ribs in an intra-club match before round two and carried the injury into the Collingwood clash before being rested.
“We think he’s highly probable next week,” Hardwick said.
“He was touch and go this week but we made the call just to get it right.
“We don’t want it to be nagging him for another two to three weeks.”
The Hawks’ superior work rate set the tone and led to a lopsided uncontested possession count (63-32) by quarter-time.
They had eight scores from 13 forward 50 entries and kicked five unanswered goals in the first term.
Richmond lacked its trademark urgency and took longer than 25 minutes to kick its first goal.
Smith had 21 touches in the first half and O’Meara had 16 — seven of them contested — at 100 per cent efficiency, while the Tigers’ four leading possession winners to the same point were all defenders.
The Hawks were justified in their decision to stick with a tall backline against a fleet-footed Tiger attack, with premiership ruckman Ben McEvoy outstanding in his new role as part of a defence that held firm.
Jonathan Ceglar was influential in his ruck role opposed to Ivan Soldo.
Veteran goal sneak Paul Puopolo was a late out for the Hawks with a sore calf, replaced by Jack Scrimshaw.
Richmond will attempt to bounce back against St Kilda at Docklands on Saturday week, with Hawthorn to meet North Melbourne at the same ground the following day.
Geelong has put old rivals Hawthorn to the sword, and calmed fears that 2020 would be a defensive low-scoring season with a brilliant performance at Kardinia Park.
After the first four quarters of football in the restarted season, there had been grumbling from fans and pundits at the low-scoring grind of Richmond’s MCG draw with Collingwood.
Just 10 goals for the match shone a negative spotlight on the move to shortened 16-minute quarters for the 2020 season.
Then Geelong and Hawthorn came out at Kardinia Park and quickly proved they didn’t need lots of time to put points on the board.
The Cats finished off a four-quarter effort to win 17.6 (108) to 7.5 (47).
Geelong took just 21 seconds to get things moving, with ruckman Rhys Stanley winning the clearance as Geelong went straight forward for Luke Dahlhaus to kick the opening goal.
Like Collingwood the night before, it was the Cats who got the jump, booting the first three goals of the game.
Hawthorn found an answer in the first quarter, and ended up kicking four of their own in the opening term for a combined total of nine.
And unlike the first game of the round, the scoring didn’t dry up.
Whether that was because both sides lacked the shutdown qualities of Collingwood and Richmond or were better in attack is a matter for debate.
But in all, 24 goals were kicked in a much more entertaining contest.
Cats answer the critics
After round one, there were concerns about Geelong’s list and playing style, following a 32-point loss to GWS in Sydney.
The Hawks were ultra-impressive, beating the fancied Brisbane Lions comfortably.
Since then there has been a break of more than 11 weeks — and it became clear at Kardinia Park that the early form had gone out the window.
If there had been any questions about the Cats’ older players, they were answered.
Gary Ablett kicked two goals and could have had a third by half-time. He had four score involvements, three inside 50s and two tackles inside 50 as he helped the Cats lock the ball in the forward 50.
Ablett began the second half in similar fashion, crafting a perfect kick to Stanley that set up another goal and gave Geelong a 13-point break.
At 36 years of age, Ablett has made it clear that this is his last season in the AFL.
On his first four quarters’ evidence, the dual Brownlow Medallist will have plenty to offer his team.
His defensive pressure up forward, his vision and pin-point passing, not to mention his reminder that he can still kick one from outside 50, make him extremely dangerous.
Another veteran, skipper Joel Selwood, had 28 disposals, eight clearances, three tackles and a goal.
On the other side, another “old stager” was making the most of his opportunities.
Shaun Burgoyne was a key for the Hawks up forward as they came back from a solid margin.
He kicked a goal, had two goal assists and a couple of tackles as his renowned game sense came to the fore.
Tough night for tall timber at Kardinia
There were plenty of tall forwards on offer at Kardinia Park, but they weren’t the key to the game.
Tom Hawkins and Esava Ratugolea for the Cats and Jonathon Patton for the Hawks had quiet matches.
Instead it was a night for the small forwards.
Aside from Ablett, it was players like Dahlhaus, Joel Selwood, Tom Atkins, Gryan Miers, Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola who were finishing off attacks for the home side.
Stanley kicked a couple of goals, but as a ruckman rather than a tall forward.
For Hawthorn, the likes of Luke Breust, midfielder Oliver Hanrahan and Burgoyne got on the scoreboard.
Patton grabbed a goal and Gunston two, but it was a game for quick movement and sharp passing rather than aerial contests.
The Cats were playing at home, but in front of a sea of empty seats.
It was the intent of the Geelong side that made the difference.
They dominated the clearances, contested possessions and inside 50s, making relatively easy work of the Hawks.
The Cats were able to rotate many players through the middle, and the Hawks did not have the answers.
Danger breaks out late in 250th
It may have been Patrick Dangerfield’s 250th, but Hawthorn was not in a mood to give out any presents for his landmark game.
The Geelong star was corralled and kept silent for a fair part of the game by Liam Shiels.
Dangerfield, who is capable at his best of breaking games open, was stifled to the point that he had just seven touches to half-time.
It took him until more than halfway through the third term before he made an impact, closing down Isaac Smith to get a holding the ball call.
He went back and kicked the goal, and minutes later had a chance for another when Ablett found him in the right forward pocket — only to hit the post with his set shot.
Later on he was slung in a tackle by Burgoyne, although it appeared to be careless rather than intentional.
Dangerfield’s head hit the ground, and although he got up, it was called as a dangerous tackle and Burgoyne might find himself mentioned by the Match Review Panel.
As the Hawks faded in the second half, he came more into the game, and finished with 24 disposals, five clearances and a goal.
By three quarter-time, the game was gone for the Hawks, with the Cats leading by 37 points.
Geelong went on with it in the final term, kicking four goals to no score in what was a diversion from the usual thrillers played between the sides in the last decade.
The Hawks will have to back up against Richmond next week at the MCG, while Geelong will stay at Kardinia Park for a Saturday night match against Carlton, before matches against Melbourne and Gold Coast.