The Hawks swept aside the Eagles to stay in the race for finals on Sunday, after Carlton cruised to victory at the MCG and the Power gave Ken Hinkley a vital win.

Carlton consolidated their top-two spot with an impressive victory over Richmond, taking a game-and-a-half margin on their next nearest rivals Fremantle.

Captain Patrick Cripps starred with 40 disposals, 14 clearances — including nine centre breaks 1 and eight score involvements as the Blues tore the Tigers’ defence open in a brilliant seven-goal second term.

An emotional Ken Hinkley acknowledged the “tough week” for his side after Port Adelaide gave their under-pressure coach a vital win over St Kilda at Docklands.

The Power held on in a nailbiting final term to beat the Saints by two points, putting the visitors back into the top eight.

“We’re two points from the top four, it felt like (this week) we’re bottom of the ladder,” Hinkley told Fox Footy after the game.

In the final game of round 16, Hawthorn led from start to finish to beat the Eagles by 61 points in Perth.

Look back at how events unfolded in our blog.

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It was all smiles for the Hawks in Perth(Getty Images)

It’s been a big day in the AFL, and a big round 16.

There have been plenty of upsets, and a number of teams have either made their move or had a roadblock put in their way to September.

We’ll be back on the blogs next Friday night for an eye-catching encounter between Collingwood and Essendon.

In the meantime, thanks for joining us on the blog today, have a good evening!

Match report: Hawthorn 14.10 (94) def West Coast 4.9 (33)

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

The Hawks dominated Sunday’s match from start to finish, with Eagles gun Elliot Yeo kept quiet 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 within half a win of the eighth-placed Brisbane Lions, giving them a platform to gatecrash the top eight.

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.

“It’s feeling all right now. It was a bit sore at the start, a bit innocuous,” Sicily 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.”

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

In-form forward Jake Waterman limped off during the third quarter with a knee injury, but he was able to return to the field after having it strapped.

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.

The Hawks kicked the only three goals of the opening term, and they broke even in the second quarter to enter the halftime break with a 17-point edge.

West Coast went from bad to worse in the second half as Hawthorn slammed through nine goals to two to secure the percentage-boosting win.


What’s next for Hawthorn?

As we’ve said Hawthorn’s next assignment is against Geelong at Kardinia Park next Saturday.

Then it’s over to Launceston to play the Dockers, back to the MCG to face Collingwood, a trip to Adelaide to play the Crows and then to Canberra for a match against GWS.

That’s plenty of travel time over the next few weeks.

The Hawks are still in with a shot, and none of those sides will want to face them, but the pressure is on to keep winning if Sam Mitchell’s men want to stay in the finals game.

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FT: Hawthorn beats West Coast by 61 points

Both teams were going at a walk by the end of things, and the siren goes to end matters, with the Hawks ahead by 61 points.

That could have been a lot more, to be honest.

A lot of questions for Eagles coach Adam Simpson – four goals in four quarters of footy on their home deck.

But Hawthorn remind everyone they’re not out of it for September – that’s five wins on the bounce.

But now they have to head home to Victoria, where next week they have the Cats at Geelong!

Watch out for that one.

Jack Ginnivan is limping for the Hawks

The Hawks had the ball inside 50, and Jack Ginnivan is the latest player to go down, at least briefly.

He tried to tackle a West Coast defender – the contact was fierce, and he hit the ground and got up limping.

He looks ok, but pretty sore after that contact.

Both sides would probably prefer the siren went at this point.

It’s fairly quiet at Perth Stadium

This has been a bad loss in a one-sided game for the Eagles, but it’s surprising to hear how quiet the sounds are from the stands.

Bailey Williams has just kicked a goal for West Coast – only the fourth of the day – to draw a bit of a cheer, but it’s all pretty muted here.

The Hawks have been really dominant today.

Hawks goals not drying up

The Hawks are showing no signs of relenting in the final stages.

Cam McKenzie has just kicked their 14th goal of the day, and the lead is out to 68 points.

If McGovern is out for the rest of the game, then this could be a huge percentage booster for Hawthorn.

If they keep going there is a chance they might pass Melbourne to take 12th spot.

Now Jeremy McGovern in injury trouble for Eagles

Honestly, this is turning into an episode of ER more than the footy.

Jeremy McGovern is coming off the ground holding his hand or wrist after coming up sore from a diving marking contest.

Oscar Allen taking marks inside 50 for Eagles

As we’ve said, it has been a poor day for the Eagles, and their forward line has struggled.

There have only been two marks inside 50, both to Oscar Allen.

Both, sadly have led to missed set shots. But there are not many positives to be taken from today for the home side, so you take what you can.

Stats tell the story

It’s a big gap out there.

Disposals: 360-218 Hawthorn

Inside 50s: 51-28 Hawthorn

Clearances: 33-18 Hawthorn

Centre Clearances: 12-3 Hawthorn

Contested possessions: 114-90 Hawthorn

The Hawks have just kicked another easy goal to get the lead out to 57 points, and there are still a dozen minutes to go.

Jack Gunston kicks another for Hawks

The Hawks are rolling, they get the ball forward. There is a free given to the visitors, Dylan Moore handballs over the top to Jack Gunston, and he gets on the board for his side’s 11th goal of the day.

Will Day back on the ground

Better injury news for Hawthorn, as Will Day is back on.

Whatever was being checked, he is good to go for the rest of the game.

Another goal to Mabior Chol

The Hawks are threatening again here in the final term.

They ran down the right wing almost unobstructed, before kicking long to the square where Mabior Chol had the mark spoiled but earned the free for the hold.

The umpires then gave 50 so Chol kicked from straight in front for his second. The lead is up to 45 points with 16 minutes on the clock.

More injuries with Will Day off for Hawthorn

For a game that’s taking place on a sunny afternoon in Perth, it’s turning into a serious injury accumulator.

It seems that young gun for the Hawks, Will Day, is now off the ground – no word on what the problem may be.

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Match report: Carlton 20.11 (131) def Richmond 10.10 (70)

Patrick Cripps has produced a masterful display in the wet as Carlton continued to lay the platform for an assault on the AFL finals with a 61-point belting of struggling rivals Richmond.

Cripps was outstanding in the decisive third quarter as rain fell at the MCG on Sunday, tilting the contest the Blues’ way before they powered away to a 20.11 (131) to 10.10 (70) victory.

The inspirational skipper finished with 40 disposals, 13 clearances and a goal as Carlton solidified their top-two spot, moving six points clear of the chasing pack ahead of an interstate trip to take on GWS next round.

Richmond, who trailed by as much as 29 points during the first half, were within six points when Noah Balta became the game’s first multiple goal-kicker with the first major of the third quarter.

But Cripps and Sam Walsh (26 disposals) lifted as Carlton reasserted their dominance with seven goals in a devastating 20-minute burst that effectively ended the contest.

It came as Tigers superstar Dustin Martin (seven disposals) was substituted out of his 301st AFL game with a lower back injury.

Blake Acres (33 disposals), Nic Newman (28) and Matt Kennedy (21) were all busy for Carlton, as was Adam Cerra (23), who was substituted out of his first game back from a hamstring injury.

Kennedy also failed to finish the match, sitting out the latter stages with a knee complaint.

Orazio Fantasia (four) and Lachie Fogarty (three) were the most prolific of six multiple goal-kickers for the Blues in a powerful team performance.

Tim Taranto (27 disposals) fought against the tide for Richmond and Daniel Rioli (24) showcased his superb ball use, while Jacob Hopper (25) worked hard on his return from a hamstring injury.

Balta was the Tigers’ leading goal-kicker with three.

Carlton swung a late change when in-form ruckman Tom De Koning (managed/soreness) pulled out, replaced by Marc Pittonet.

Carlton’s lead quickly swelled to 29 points early in the second quarter before the Tigers responded with four of the next five majors to cut the margin back to 12 points at the main break.

Richmond’s Tom Brown provided the highlight of the first half, taking a ride on Matt Owies’ back to haul in a spectacular mark on the wing.

The Tigers sniffed an upset when Balta put them within touching distance early in the third term.

But Fantasia responded with his second major and another goal to McKay, who was paid a controversial mark after Nic Newman’s pass was touched off the boot, signalled the start of Carlton’s match-winning blitz.

The result left Richmond (2-13) sitting second-last on the ladder ahead of an interstate trip to face Fremantle next round.


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3QT: Hawthorn leads West Coast by 39 points

There was a late goal for the Eagles, thanks to a 50-metre penalty in favour of Jeremy McGovern.

He kicked the goal to bring the gap back to 39. The siren sounds as the Hawks attack once more.

The game is going one way only, but the big story out of this one may well be the injury list.

We’re not sure if Jake Waterman would be out there if the Eagles hadn’t used the sub for Matt Flynn, and James Sicily looked in strife when he came off a few minutes ago.

James Sicily is having a big day for the Hawks – but he’s injured

Hawks skipper James Sicily is having a blinder today in Perth.

He helped set up the last goal, but aside from that he has a lot of possessions, 11 marks, nine score involvements and seven intercepts.

It’s a wonderful performance, but he’s on the sidelines and heading to the rooms holding his arm – could be a dislocated shoulder.

Jake Waterman back on for West Coast

The one bit of positive news for the home side is that forward Jake Waterman has come back on the ground with his knee strapped.

This at least means they have a full complement on the bench, but this is a tough match for the Eagles.

Hawthorn goal to Mabior Chol after one-handed grab

That was a brilliant bit of play, with James Sicily kicking into the middle to Jarman Impey, who surged forward and drilled a pass to Mabior Chol, who took a one-handed mark inside 50!

Chol took a moment to get his breath after copping an accidental finger to the eye, but he went back and kicked the goal.

The lead is out to 44 points, the Hawks have five in a row and the Eagles have only kicked two goals to near three quarter-time.

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