Hawthorn has stormed home to record a thrilling five-point victory over Carlton at the University of Tasmania Stadium.
Trailing by as much as 36 points, the Hawks piled on 10 second-half goals to run over the top of the Blues, who will be left to rue an enormous opportunity to notch their second straight win.
Zac Fisher almost levelled the scores with seconds remaining, only for his shot to hit the post in what was a frenetic finish.
Alastair Clarkson and his charges will breathe a huge sigh of relief as they move to 3-3 after the opening six rounds.
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The moment: Kreuzer launches long-range bomb
Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer scored a brilliant long-range goal to round off a sensational first quarter display.
The former No.1 draft pick intercepted a Hawthorn handpass before dobbing it from inside the centre square on the run.
Kreuzer was mobbed by his teammates as the Blues opened up a 24-point lead at the first change.
Medical room: Kade Simpson
Veteran defender Kade Simpson suffered tightness in his left hamstring and didn’t feature after half-time.
Carlton will be hoping he will be fit for next week’s match against North Melbourne.
The Star: Jaeger O'Meara
Hawthorn star Jaeger O'Meara almost single-handedly kept his side in the contest in the face of a first-half Carlton onslaught.
The midfielder had 26 disposals with 16 of them contested, seven clearances, four marks, two inside 50s and a goal to half-time.
In a best-on-ground performance, O'Meara finished with 43 touches with 24 of them contested, nine clearances, eight marks, four defensive rebounds and six inside 50s.
AFL Nation expert Terry Wallace had nothing but praise for the former Sun.
"He's playing a lone hand at the moment,” Wallace told AFL Nation.
Hawthorn take on Melbourne at the MCG next Saturday afternoon. Carlton face the Kangaroos at Marvel Stadium next Sunday afternoon.
Hawthorn: 2.3, 3.3, 8.9, 13.15.93
Carlton: 6.3, 8.4, 9.8, 13.10.88
Hawthorn: Shiels 3, Breust 3, Wingard 2, Roughead, O'Meara, Scully, Cousins, Lewis
Carlton: McKay 2, McGovern 2, O'Brien 2, Cuningham, Kreuzer, Silvagni, Casboult, Dow, Curnow, Petrevski-Seton
Hawthorn: O'Meara, Shiels, Sicily, Scully, Worpel, Wingard, McEvoy
Carlton: Thomas, Curnow, Walsh, Kreuzer, Fisher, Cripps
Reports: Cousins for striking Petrevski-Seton
Injuries: Simpson (hamstring tightness)