1st-place Hawthorn returns to winning ways in AFL
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The first-place Hawthorn Hawks ended their losing streak at one while the Geelong Cats kept pace in the 20th round of Australian Rules football.
Jarryd Roughead booted five goals to give him 59 on the season as the Hawks maintained a four-point lead in the Australian Football League standings with a 46-point win over St. Kilda.
The Hawks’ 14.18 (102) to 7.14 (56) victory came after a surprise loss to Richmond last weekend, only their third of the season.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson praised the Hawks’ defensive efforts, which restricted the Saints to just seven goals.
“We were pleased to be able to keep them to a pretty low score,” he said.
Geelong moved into second place after a 20. 9 (129) to 16.8 (104) win over Port Adelaide, while Richmond beat the Brisbane Lions 14.13 (97) to 11.8 (74).
The third-place Sydney Swans failed to keep pace, falling six points behind Hawthorn after losing 14.16 (100) to 10. 11 (71) to Collingwood.
On Sunday, the West Coast Eagles beat Essendon 18.12 (120) to 9.13 (67). The Bombers missed a chance to move into fourth place with a win and instead dropped to seventh in the standings.
In other matches, Gold Coast beat Melbourne 13.12 (90) to 10.17 (77) and the Western Bulldogs defeated Carlton 16.21 (117) to 13.11 (89).