Australian Football League Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Carlton Blues Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 23 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday 05 September 2015 online, 16.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
One of the biggest mis-matches of the year as an in-form Hawthorn side takes on a heavily depleted Carlton team. The Hawks spanked Carlton by 138-points in round 17 and another thumping could be on the cards.
The jostling for spots in the Hawthorn side in the lead up to finals is at an all-time high with Sam Mitchell and Paul Puopolo set to return to the side that flogged Brisbane last week. Fringe members Ryan Schoenmakers, Angus Litherland and Brendan Whitecross must wait in the wings. Captain Luke Hodge is still suspended. The Blues have about 25 fit players to choose from with nine of their best 22 out. Andrew Carrazzo will come into the side for his last ever game.
The Hawks are third on the ladder having bounced back from a loss to Port Adelaide by easily taking care of the Lions last weekend. They are averaging 114 points per game in the past three weeks. Hawthorn is 9-3 (7-5 against the line) vs bottom ten teams this year. Barring an upset in the Lions-Dogs game, the Blues will escape the wooden spoon. After upsetting Melbourne, they crashed back to earth against the Giants last week and have now lost seven of their last eight games. Carlton is 0-10 (3-7 against the line) vs top eight teams this year
This will be the 163rd meeting between these two inner-Melbourne sides with the Blues leading 102-60. The Hawks have won 12 straight against Carlton dating back to 2005. Since 2010, Carlton is 0-6 (2-4 against the line) vs the Hawks. Their last four games have totalled over 188-points with the last two easily eclipsing 200. Teams favoured by 60-points or more are 4-0 (2-2 against the line) this year. Carlton is 7-17-1 (12-13 against the line) at the MCG under since the start of 2013. The Hawks are 27-7 (17-17 ATL) at the ‘G since the start of 2013. Sam Mitchell has had the most disposals in a Hawthorn game seven times this year (2nd in the AFL).
This result looks like it could be a carbon copy of the round 17 debacle when the Hawks slaughtered the Blues. The Blues have even less decent players involved and have even less to play for than that night whilst the Hawks will be looking to keep the momentum rolling into the finals.
B: B.Stratton, B.Lake, J.Gibson
HB: G.Birchall, J.Frawley, S.Burgoyne
C: B.Hill, S.Mitchell, I.Smith
HF: C.Rioli, J.Gunston, L.Shiels
F: D.Hale, J.Roughead, P.Puopolo
Foll: B.McEvoy, W.Langford, J.Lewis
Inter: J.Sicily, M.Suckling, T.Duryea, D.Howe
Emer: L.Breust, R.Schoenmakers, A.Litherland
In: S.Mitchell, P.Puopolo
Out: B.Hartung, L.Breust (rested)
B: Z.Tuohy, M.Jamison, D.Buckley
HB: N.Holman, M.Dick, S.Rowe
C: K.Simpson, A.Carrazzo, E.Curnow
HF: B.Boekhorst, A.Everitt, D.Ellard
F: T.Menzel, A.Walker, M.Watson
Foll: M.Kreuzer, T.Bell, P.Cripps
Inter: C.Wood, M.Whiley, J.Tutt, C.Smith
Emer: T.Fields, L.Jones, B.Walsh
In: A.Carrazzo, N.Holman, C.Smith
Out: C.Yarran (hamstring), S.Docherty (hip), B.Walsh