Australian Football League Live Hawthorn Hawks vs West Coast Eagles Stream AFL 2016 Seasons Week 02 math will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 03 April 2016 online, 03.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Hawthorn are trying to avoid the ignominy of a 0-2 start, while West Coast are looking to firmly entrench their premiership credentials and avenge their 2015 grand final defeat.
Hawthorn may be reaching a critical mass of lost personnel, with Luke Hodge sidelined due to a broken arm. They’re now missing seven players from their 2015 premiership side, almost a third. Jonathon Ceglar will come in for Marc Pittonet. For the Eagles, Xavier Ellis has succumbed to an achilles injury, which may see Lewis Jetta play his first game for the club after crossing over from Sydney. They may have five or six changes from grand final day themselves.
West Coast piled on 26 goals in a 64 point Round 1 victory against Brisbane, as all key players enjoyed finding form and touch early in the season. It was the perfect way to open the season as they attempt to go one step further than last year. Hawthorn struggled to find their best against Geelong, and were comfortably outscored in three of the four quarters. If the beginning of the end is coming, could it be that we saw the first of the Danger signs, and not just of the Cat variety?
Hawthorn has won six of the last seven matches between these sides, including two wins at the MCG in that time including, of course, last year’s grand final. West Coast are 2-2 at the MCG over 2014-15. Sam Mitchell has had a field day against West Coast since the appointment of Adam Simpson as Eagles coach, averaging 35 disposals per game against them. He has also polled Brownlow votes in four of his last five home and away outings against them. West Coast covered the line an impressive 16 times from 22 home and away matches last year, and got off on the right foot in Round 1, doing so again against Brisbane.
The money has been steady for West Coast all week, as punters have decided that Hawthorn don’t have the depth to cover all of their missing players. For the Hawks, this will be a true test of leadership, and it is worth remembering that they lost two of the three matches that Luke Hodge was suspended for early in 2015. What value can be placed on pride? Do West Coast go on the attack, as Geelong did, and trust that they’ll have a more potent forward-line against a suddenly vulnerable Hawthorn defence? It’s probably the best way to go.
B Ben Stratton, James Frawley, Angus Litherland
HB Shaun Burgoyne, Josh Gibson, Grant Birchall
C Billy Hartung, Jordan Lewis, Isaac Smith
HF Luke Breust, Ryan Schoenmakers, Paul Puopolo
F James Sicily, Jack Gunston, Cyril Rioli
FOL Ben McEvoy, Sam Mitchell, Jonathan O’Rourke
I/C Taylor Duryea, Daniel Howe, Jonathon Ceglar, Will Langford
EMG Kaiden Brand, Brendan Whitecross, Blake Hardwick
IN: Daniel Howe, Jonathon Ceglar
OUT: Luke Hodge (Fractured Arm), Marc Pittonet (Omitted)
West Coast Eagles:
B Shannon Hurn, Eric MacKenzie, Sam Butler
HB Brad Sheppard, Will Schofield, Jackson Nelson
C Jack Redden, Matt Priddis, Elliot Yeo
HF Lewis Jetta, Jeremy McGovern, Mark LeCras
F Jamie Cripps, Josh J. Kennedy, Jack Darling
FOL Nic Naitanui, Andrew Gaff, Luke Shuey
I/C Jamie Bennell, Liam Duggan, Josh Hill, Scott Lycett
EMG Thomas Cole, Mark Hutchings, Fraser McInnes
IN: Lewis Jetta
OUT: Xavier Ellis (Achilles)
NEW: Lewis Jetta