HAWTHORN-Monash University lifted itself from despair to success with a dominant display against Essendon at Windy Hill on Saturday.
In the previous round the Hawks were dismantled by Casey-South Melbourne, but against the Dons they knuckled down and bowled out the home side for 117 in 52.5 overs. Leading the charge were opening bowlers Daniel Rogers (3-28) and Simon Black (3-33).
The Hawks showed great poise with openers Jake Marnie (45) and Liam Tonkin (30) putting on 49.
The Hawks lost two more wickets but ended play on 3-108. Captain David Alleyne (seven not out) and Grant Westgarth (nine not out) are at the crease as they seek the 10 runs needed for a first-innings win.
Hawks coach Keith Jansz, who last week was disgusted by his side's batting, praised his players for their performance on Saturday.
"A week is a long time in cricket and I'm so pleased our boys were able to respond in a positive manner," he said. "Our youngsters really stood up today."
The Hawks return to the crease this Saturday for the second day of the match.