13/04/2024

Jess Duffin's took total control in the second quarter with three goals. (Image; @7AFL - Twitter).

Despite it being years since she played in the forward, Jess Duffin’s incredible performance in the second term saw a change in momentum from Hawthorn.

An adjustment that saw Duffin move into the forward line during the second quarter, lead to a fiery performance that included three thrilling goals.

A sneaky mark from the veteran Hawk lead to what would be a critical moment for the Hawks. It would set up the tone of the night that Duffin would have. As well as her three goals, she also finished the night with 12 disposals and four tackles.

West Coast started with the lead in the opener, which was highlighted by their highest scoring quarter being recorded (26-8).

Emma Swanson was a significant reason for the Eagles strong start, along with Mikayla Western and Ella Roberts, with all three kicking goals in the opening quarter.

However, a shift in momentum from the Hawthorn saw the Eagles lose steam and ultimately struggle to keep up with the Hawks. Aileen Gilroy, Tahlia Fellows and Jasmine Fleming all played a part in pushing the ball forward, managing to keep the Eagles unable to fend off the pressure.

The Hawthorn’s second-quarter blitz which involved Duffin’s three-goal frenzy, was a similar sight to their game last week against the Sydney Swans. Mirroring their performance from last week, the Hawks were able to claim victory in the three-point win.

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The Eagles had some positives that came out of the game however. This included the massive effort of their skipper Swanson, who was the highest disposal winner with 28 for the game.

Isabella Lewis also was significant for the side with 24 disposals, a goal and ten tackles laid during the game.

But the pair’s efforts weren’t enough to stop Hawthorn who claimed the win whilst playing its first game at Frankston. However, Hawthorn’s win could be soured following an incident involving Tegan Cunningham that was reported during the final minutes of the fourth.

The Eagles will play Richmond next round at Lathlain Park on Friday, while the Hawks second consecutive win sees them move up to 14th place on the ladder. They will face Port Adelaide at SkyBus Stadium on Saturday.

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