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West Coast cop a ‘battle for the wooden spoon’ spanking

Remarkably, it was the second biggest winning margin in a match between sides at the bottom of the ladder in VFL and AFL history.

There was further injury to insult for the Eagles, with Jamaine Jones leaving the field in the second quarter with an ankle problem that could keep him out for weeks.

Liam Duggan had a knock to the neck while Oscar Allen had a hit to the knee.

West Coast were already missing Tom Barrass, Jack Darling, Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Jamie Cripps, Liam Ryan, Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern and Tom Cole.

“We’re hoping to get players back in the next month that might help,” Simpson said.

“I don’t think we can point the finger at the 18-year-olds (for the loss) but collectively we weren’t good enough.”

Hawthorn set the tone early in their second win this season, opening a 43-12 lead at the first break on the back of winning the inside 50s 19-5.

Luke Bruest kicked three for the match, while Josh Weddle, Cam Mackenzie, Jacob Koschitzke and Tyler Brockman got doubles.

“Really proud of the boys. As the coach of a club that is going through a learning phase, you need wins to build good culture,” Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell said.

“It was a challenging game to scout. Obviously they’ve got some significant injuries. But that is out of our control.

Hawthorn have jumped up to 16th spot on the ladder but have some headaches ahead of meeting St Kilda next round with Sam Frost on report for striking.

Ruckman Ned Reeves was subbed out in the third quarter with an ankle problem.

Dom Sheed was tireless in a losing side, picking up two goals and an equal game-high 30 disposals.


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