Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Week 01 match will be kickoff at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 25 March 2017 online, 16.35 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
One of the most anticipated games of AFL Round 1 will be when the Essendon Bombers take on the Hawthorn Hawks in front of what should be a huge crowd at the MCG on Saturday night.
The Bombers take the field for the first time without the drama of the infamous supplements saga hanging over their heads and will be keen to stick it to their long-term rivals.
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The famous rivals from the 1980’s will go toe to toe here and there should be no shortage of emotion, particularly from the Bombers camp with their new era beginning in earnest.
After claiming the wooden spoon last year, the Dons are tipped to be the big improver’s with their returning players and while they were unable to register a win in the recent JLT Community Series, they did come close in all three games.
Their opponents, Hawthorn, also battled in the JLT, coming away with just the one victory, however, the Hawks have never really been a force in the pre-season fixtures, even in their premiership years and we should largely ignore some of the results.
In 2016, the brown and gold won 17 of their 22 fixtures before bombing out in straight sets in the finals. The trade period saw massive change with club legends in Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis departing, while Jaegar O’Meara, Tom Mitchell and Ty Vickery arrived at Waverley.
O’Meara and Mitchell have been in good early season form and will aim to help their new side win more of the contested football, which was an area that they battled in last season. However, it won’t be easy against a Bombers outfit that welcome back the likes of Jobe Watson and Dyson Heppell.
The Hawks head in as $1.57 favourites and may just have enough firepower, particularly up forward. Jarryd Roughead makes his return and steps in as the new skipper and with Ty Vickery also inside forward 50, the Hawks should be able to compete much better in the air compared to last year. Cyril Rioli, Luke Breust and Paul Puopolo will no doubt bob up throughout the night.
B: Mark Baguley, Michael Hartley, Andrew McGrath
HB: Brendon Goddard, Michael Hurley, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti
C: Orazio Fantasia, Dyson Heppell, James Kelly
HF: Travis Colyer, Cale Hooker, Zach Merrett
F: Shaun McKernan, Joe Daniher, Josh Green
R: Patrick Ambrose, Jobe Watson, David Zaharakis
Inter: Darcy Parish, Brent Stanton, Martin Gleeson, Kyle Langford
Emerg: James Stewart, Ben Howlett, Matt Dea
Hawthorn Hawks :
B: Taylor Duryea, James Frawley, Ben Stratton
HB: Grant Birchall, Josh Gibson, Shaun Burgoyne
C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Ricky Henderson
HF: Luke Breust, Ryan Schoenmakers, Jack Gunston
F: Ty Vickery, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo
R: Ben McEvoy, Jaeger O’Meara, Cyril Rioli
INT: James Sicily, Liam Shiels, Will Langford, Billy Hartung
EMER: Kade Stewart, Ryan Burton, Teia Miles