Hawthorn are a good side, and with Crawford and others back soon, they will only get better.
They kicked a goal in the first minute of the second, third and fourth quarter….
Grover did really well on Buddy Franklin, but Franklin still played well and had an effective game.
The three new players were exceptional.
Rhys Palmer is a gun player…a dead set gun. Seriously, he will play every game this year if he does not get injured.
Ibbotson was great, one tackle which forced a turnover…well I got up on my feet and cheered.
Chris Mayne….well he has great player written all over him. A number of times tonight he forced turnovers….by just attacking the player and the ball.
Yes it was sad we lost, but what I did like about Freo tonight was that they never gave up.
A second term lead ended up being insurmountable, but you know, up until the last few minutes…they kept coming at the Hawks…a resolve which will hold them in good stead.
Other notable things….
Sandilands is starting to fulfill his potential…played well tonight.
Roger Hayden…who is one of my favourites, was responsible for too many clangers.
Jeff Farmer continued his vein of unselfish play, and went through the midfield a lot tonight.
Bell, Pavlich, J Carr all played well.