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Lyon highlights "pivotal" moment in Geelong's Grand Final loss


Garry Lyon has highlighted a "pivotal" moment in Saturday night’s Grand Final that involved Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Hawkins had the chance to take a chest mark and line up a set shot directly in front of goal after Richmond midfielder Dion Prestia kicked the first major of the last quarter.

The Coleman Medallist spilled the mark and the Tigers would go on to run away with the match, kicking five of the last six goals to clinch a 31-point win and a third premiership in four years.

The Cats managed just two goals after half time after leading by as much as 22 points.

“I thought Tom was pretty disappointing. I didn’t think he had an impact on the game,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“There was a pivotal moment when Prestia kicks the first goal of the last quarter to go out to the eight points – and right then it (the match) was at breaking point.

“They (Geelong) won a clearance, (Patrick) Dangerfield gets a free kick, Hawkins does some great body work on (David) Astbury, flips him around and drops a chest mark … drops the chest mark from 25 metres out directly in front.

“And they only kicked two goals in the second half so to get looks like that … he kicks that, they go back into the centre, they’re two points down, game back on.

“He didn’t, then (Tom) Lynch kicks a goal and (Dustin) Martin kicks a goal.”

Hawkins was quiet on the night kicking one goal from three scoring shots.


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