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Hawkins boots Cats to win over Power

A DOMINANT display by Geelong’s Tom Hawkins has led the Cats to a thumping 60-point AFL win over Port Adelaide on Friday night.

The key forward kicked six goals and had a hand in several others as Geelong downed the ladder leaders 14.7 (91) to 4.7 (31) at Metricon Stadium.

Hawkins was near unstoppable as he claimed seven contested marks in a vintage performance, kicking 6.2 and adding two goal assists.

Gary Rohan booted three goals of his own in the final quarter as the Cats kicked seven goals to one in the fourth term.

The big defeat drops Port’s percentage to 127.5, meaning Brisbane can claim top spot if they beat North Melbourne on Saturday by 53 points or more.

The victory lifts the Cats to second on the ladder, just four points behind Port after the Power’s third loss of the season.

Port defender Tom Clurey was consistently second-best in one-on-one contests with Hawkins before Tom Jonas was given the task of trying to stop the Geelong ace in the latter stages of the game.

The Power’s only score of the first quarter was a rushed behind late in the term as Hawkins kicked two goals to start his big night out.

Hawkins carried on throughout the match and has 30 goals for the season, six clear of West Coast’s Josh Kennedy (24) in the Coleman Medal race.

In stark contrast Power big man Charlie Dixon barely had a sniff as he was marshalled brilliantly by the Cats’ defence including Harry Taylor, who battled on gamely after hurting his hip in a second-quarter collision with Jake Kolodjashnij.

Dixon, who had kicked 21 goals this season coming into the game, ended the match with just three disposals and no impact on the scoreboard.

Geelong star Patrick Dangerfield had 24 disposals and seven score involvements while midfielder Cameron Guthrie was the leading possession-getter on the field with 27 touches.

The only setback for the Cats was a hamstring injury to Sam Simpson.

Port face Hawthorn next weekend while Geelong takes on bottom-placed Adelaide in their next fixture.

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GEELONG 2.3 4.3 7.7 14.7 (91)

PORT ADELAIDE 0.1 1.6 3.7 4.7 (31)

Goals: Geelong: T Hawkins 6 G Rohan 3 C Guthrie L Fogarty L Henderson S Menegola T Atkins. Port Adelaide: B Woodcock K Farrell M Georgiades S Lycett.

Umpires: Simon Meredith, Craig Fleer, Andrew Stephens.

Official Crowd: 3,378 at Metricon Stadium.