AN eight goal haul from burly full forward Jason Dunstall set Hawthorn
alight against a dispirited Brisbane Bears at Princes Park yesterday.
Dunstall showed he can kick goals in any weather as the Hawks defied the
wet conditions to post the easiest of wins, 18.12.(120) to Brisbane's tally of
The barrel-chested Queenslander gave former West Coast Eagles star Mark
Zanotti an absolute bath in the conditions as the Hawks ran away with the game
by 82 points.
Dunstall's fourth goal early in the third term, brought up his 500th
But Dunstall wasn't the only fine contributor as the Hawks showed they
will again be a threat in this year's premiership.
Little Andrew Collins, who started in the back pocket, was a busy little
player, as was first gamer Paul Cooper.
Cooper, recruited from De La Salle in the Melbourne Amateurs, showed
outstanding ball skills in the wet and slippery conditions.
The Brisbane Bears looked a dispirited lot as the Hawks ran roughshod in
the third term.
After the Hawks led by 23 points at halftime, the defending premiers
unleashed an avalanche on the hapless Bears.
Burly full forward Jason Dunstall who had three to halftime, opened the
scoring to set in train a procession of majors.
The goal marked a unique milestone for the beefy bananabender-it was his
500th goal in league football since joining the Glenferrie Oval club from
Paul Dear snapped shortly afterwards, before strong leads from Dunstall
added another two as Brisbane failed to get the ball across the centre square
Dermott Brereton and Dean Anderson added further goals to bring to an end
a sorry third term for the Bears.
Brisbane had few winners, possibly big Alex Ischenko was the best of a
beaten lot as coach Norm Dare made numerous changes in a bid to instil more life
into an otherwise dispirited performance.
The Bears played with a lack of confidence as the Hawks stamped their
authority in a very one-sided affair.
Freakish goals before halftime to Hawthorn's Darren Pritchard and John
Platten set the trend as they led by 62 points early in the last term.