HAWTHORN'S resurgence has continued with a tense 13-point win over an inaccurate Port Adelaide.
The Hawks overcame a slow start to kick the final four goals of the game in their 4.5 (29) to 1.10 (16) victory at Frankston's Skybus Stadium on Saturday night.
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Captain Tilly Lucas-Rodd (19 disposals) was the leading ball-winner on the ground and sealed the result with a goal in the dying seconds, capping her 50th AFLW appearance in style.
Kaitlyn Ashmore (16 disposals), Aileen Gilroy (12) and Ainslie Kemp (10) were also influential, while the Hawks dominated the tackle count (71-40).
Hawthorn lost the first four games of their inaugural season but have now bounced back with three straight wins.
Two of those have been over fellow new expansion sides - Sydney and the Power.
Port Adelaide dominated early and registered the first five scores, generating a 10-point lead on the back of Olivia Levicki's opening goal.
But they could only muster six behinds after quarter-time as Hawthorn gradually took control on the scoreboard.
Ashmore was important as an extra player behind the ball for the Hawks during the third quarter as goals to Bridie Hipwell and Aine McDonagh gave them the ascendancy.
Port Adelaide captain Erin Phillips (15 disposals), Angela Foley and Kate Surman (both 13) all tried to lift their side.
Phillips is still searching for her first goal for the Power after booting 0.3 against the Hawks.
It took Phillips' tally to 0.5 with her family's club since her high-profile move from Adelaide.
Tegan Cunningham was a late withdrawal for Hawthorn after injuring her foot in the warm-up, with Sarah Perkins coming into the side.
"You could not have scripted that any better for Tilly (Lucas-Rodd) to kick the last goal. She's an amazing person, she's a great leader, and we are so lucky to have her as the captain of our football club. She played terrifically tonight, she expects more of herself than she does of other people, and she did that tonight and she led by example and how great that at Hawthorn we were lucky enough to share that with her." - Hawthorn coach Bec Goddard
"There's been a few areas of our game we've been focussed on, and centre bounce is one of those and we won that tonight. But one-goal-10 make it difficult to win a game of footy, and we gave them a few good looks at goal. They used their speed well tonight, we let them out the back a bit and we didn't take our opportunities in front of goal so that makes it difficult to win a game." - Port Adelaide coach Lauren Arnell
Port Adelaide faces a tough task next week when it hosts North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on Saturday afternoon, while Hawthorn will be looking to make it four on the trot when it travels north to take on Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.
HAWTHORN 1.0 1.2 3.3 4.5 (29)
PORT ADELAIDE 1.4 1.4 1.7 1.10 (16)
Hawthorn: Hipwell, Locke, McDonagh, Lucas-Rodd
Port Adelaide: Levicki
Hawthorn: Lucas-Rodd, Ashmore, Wales, Smith
Port Adelaide: Phillips, Moloney, Ballard, Surman
Hawthorn: Tegan Cunningham (foot)
Port Adelaide: Nil