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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Clarkson earns rave reviews after masterclass


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Legendary Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has earned rave reviews after his side pulled off a remarkable upset by defeating Adelaide in Round 1.

Entering the contest without reigning Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell as well as star recruits Chad Wingard and Tom Scully, the Hawks were rank outsiders heading into Adelaide Oval, but prevailed 12. 15. (87) to 7. 13. (55) winners.

Following the Hawks' shock win, St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt lauded the ability of Clarkson to continue to get results with his squad.

"Coming into the season, Hawthorn I found a really difficult team to get a read on," Riewoldt told Fox Footy.

Alastair Clarkson

"But the one factor that you couldn't discount was Alastair Clarkson and his ability as coach to continue to find a way regardless of personnel, regardless of age and experience in the team.

"He just seems to find a way to get his players playing a brand that wins games of football."

Four-time Hawthorn premiership winner Jason Dunstall explained how Clarkson's new-look side had changed their entire game-style from their premiership-winning years.

"The interesting thing is I still don't know what I'm going to get out of them," Dunstall told Fox Footy.

James Worpel

"That was such an unusual game style from Hawthorn given what we've seen in past seasons. It was almost Richmond 2017, it was just built on pressure. Nothing pretty.

"They obviously don't have the top-end talent that the Tigers had. They just decided to play a pressure game, get it in deep at any opportunity and then try and keep it there."

The game hung in the balance at halftime, with the Hawks nine points up, before second-year star James Worpel kicked a goal within a minute to trigger a match-defining period.

Hawthorn booted three goals to none for the quarter as they opened a 34-point lead to stun Adelaide's 50,180-strong crowd.

Rory Sloane

The visitors applied immense pressure against the jittery Crows, who were well-served by Matt Crouch (39 touches, one goal), co-captain Rory Sloane (36 disposals, one goal) and Brad Crouch, who slotted two goals among his 28 possessions.

Star goalsneak Eddie Betts also kicked two goals but was well-held by Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton.

In round two, the Crows travel to play Sydney on Friday night while Hawthorn host the Western Bulldogs at the MCG next Sunday.

Legendary Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has earned rave reviews after his side pulled off a remarkable upset by defeating Adelaide in Round 1.

Entering the contest without reigning Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell as well as star recruits Chad Wingard and Tom Scully, the Hawks were rank outsiders heading into Adelaide Oval, but prevailed 12. 15. (87) to 7. 13. (55) winners.

Following the Hawks' shock win, St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt lauded the ability of Clarkson to continue to get results with his squad.

"Coming into the season, Hawthorn I found a really difficult team to get a read on," Riewoldt told Fox Footy.

Alastair Clarkson

"But the one factor that you couldn't discount was Alastair Clarkson and his ability as coach to continue to find a way regardless of personnel, regardless of age and experience in the team.

"He just seems to find a way to get his players playing a brand that wins games of football."

Four-time Hawthorn premiership winner Jason Dunstall explained how Clarkson's new-look side had changed their entire game-style from their premiership-winning years.

"The interesting thing is I still don't know what I'm going to get out of them," Dunstall told Fox Footy.

James Worpel

"That was such an unusual game style from Hawthorn given what we've seen in past seasons. It was almost Richmond 2017, it was just built on pressure. Nothing pretty.

"They obviously don't have the top-end talent that the Tigers had. They just decided to play a pressure game, get it in deep at any opportunity and then try and keep it there."

The game hung in the balance at halftime, with the Hawks nine points up, before second-year star James Worpel kicked a goal within a minute to trigger a match-defining period.

Hawthorn booted three goals to none for the quarter as they opened a 34-point lead to stun Adelaide's 50,180-strong crowd.

Rory Sloane

The visitors applied immense pressure against the jittery Crows, who were well-served by Matt Crouch (39 touches, one goal), co-captain Rory Sloane (36 disposals, one goal) and Brad Crouch, who slotted two goals among his 28 possessions.

Star goalsneak Eddie Betts also kicked two goals but was well-held by Hawthorn skipper Ben Stratton.

In round two, the Crows travel to play Sydney on Friday night while Hawthorn host the Western Bulldogs at the MCG next Sunday.

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