Sicily injured as Hawks smash Eagles in Perth

Justin Chadwick |

James Sicily’s injury has soured the Hawks’ impressive win over West Coast.
James Sicily’s injury has soured the Hawks’ impressive win over West Coast.

Hawthorn’s fifth win on the trot has come at a big cost, with skipper James Sicily dislocating his shoulder again during his team’s dominant 61-point demolition of West Coast at Optus Stadium.

The Hawks dominated Sunday’s match from start to finish, with Eagles gun Elliot Yeo kept quiet after a tough week as the visitors soared to the 14.10 (94) to 4.9 (33) victory in front of 49,454 fans.

Hawthorn’s seventh victory from their past eight games lifted them to an 8-7 record and within half a win of the eighth-placed Brisbane Lions, giving them a platform to gatecrash the top eight in the coming weeks.

But they will be sweating on the fitness of Sicily, whose right shoulder popped out late in the third quarter in a marking contest with Liam Ryan.

Sicily has a history with his right shoulder, which he also popped out earlier this season.

“It’s feeling all right now. It was a bit sore at the start, a bit innocuous,” he told Fox Sports when asked about his shoulder.

“I’m not really sure what to make of it yet, we’ll deal with that tomorrow.”

Forward Jack Ginnivan was left limping in the dying minutes after copping a heavy bump.

West Coast were also left with injury concerns after ruckman Matt Flynn was subbed off in the third quarter after damaging his right ankle.

Star defender Jeremy McGovern, who was West Coast’s best with nine marks and 20 disposals, finished the match on the bench with a thumb injury.

In-form forward Jake Waterman limped off during the third quarter with a deep cut to the back of his knee, but he was able to return to the field after having it bandaged.

West Coast loaded up on height in their forward line, hoping to cash in on the marking power of Oscar Allen, Waterman, Jack Darling and Bailey Williams.

But their first mark inside 50m didn’t come until Allen took a grab five minutes into the final term.

The Hawks already had 17 marks inside 50m to their name by that stage, highlighting the difference in class between the two sides.

In reality, it was West Coast’s midfield horror show that truly cost the home side.

Hawthorn won the clearance count 38-19, with James Worpel (28 possessions, 11 clearances) and Conor Nash (25 disposals, six clearances) influential.

The centre clearance count was 14-4 in favour of the Hawks, and the inside 50m count (60-33) also made for ugly reading.

Yeo, who was in doubt to play following the death of his father on Monday, was held to 13 disposals and two clearances.

Harley Reid.
Young gun Harley Reid returned for the Eagles from his ban and had 21 disposals. (Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS)

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said Yeo was the only player who could be excused for having an off day.

“Nothing good came out of today. Disappointing in every facet from the start to the finish,” Simpson said.

“I don’t think we’re shell shocked. I think we’ve been around a while now and we sort of know that there’s going to be good weeks and bad weeks.

“But to be that poor, it was disappointing. Outside of Yeo, there’s really no reason why we can’t perform better than that.”

West Coast were lucky to only trail by 17 points at halftime following an insipid start to the match.

It seemed only a matter of time before the floodgates opened, and Hawthorn cashed in after the main break with nine goals to two.