AFL Live Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 20 Match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Saturday 15 August 2015 online, 19.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Kennett curse may be done and dusted but this game shapes to be another cracker as the red hot Cats face Hawthorn who could be vulnerable after a tough game in Perth last weekend.
As usual there is plenty of competition for spots for the Hawks with Brian Lake, David Hale, Jonathan Simpkin and Brendan Whitecross all pushing for selection and only fringe players Will Langford and Matt Spangher on the injury list. The Cats will welcome back Steve Johnson for his 250th game with Shane Kersten, Billie Smedts and Jed Bews in line for selection if Chris Scott wants to make any more changes to their winning side.
The Cats have won four in a row and look to be timing their run to the run to finals to perfection with wins over top four chances Bulldogs and Sydney in the past month. They are eighth on the ladder with 10 wins and seven losses. They rank 11th in scoring and seventh in least points conceded this season. The Cats are 4-5 (3-6 against the line) vs teams in the top eight this season. After bouncing back from their loss to Richmond by beating West Coast, the Hawks are third on the ladder with a very healthy percentage. They are just half a game outside of the top two. They are number one in scoring and number two in least points conceded this season. Hawthorn is 6-2 (5-3 against the line) vs teams in the eight this season.
Geelong and Hawthorn have met on 156 occasions with the Cats leading 85-71 with one draw. Before the 2013 preliminary final Geelong had won 11 games in a row, since the Hawks won the 2008 grand final. The Hawks have only beaten Geelong four times since the 2008 Grand Final victory including the last three matches. The Hawks have won their last three games against the Cats by 62, 36 and 23 points. Since 2010, Geelong is 10-3 (9-4 against the line) vs the Hawks having started outsider in eight of those games. These two sides have met 21 times at the MCG and the Cats lead 15-8. The last 14 games between these two sides have been separated by an average of 19-points. Three of the last five match-ups have totalled over 183-points. The Hawks are 26-7 (16-17 ATL) at the ‘G since the start of 2013. Geelong is 6-4 (4-6) at the MCG since the start of 2014.
The Hawks have to confront the tricky task of coming back from Perth after a tough slog in the wet, how much that will take out of them remains to be seen. The Wolf believes they should get the job done against Geelong but it will not be a walk in the park. The Cats were impressive in putting away Sydney last week but The Wolf was more concerned about the Swans’ lack of intent rather than Geelong playing too well. Weather permitting, this should be an attacking contest but with their depth in attack and rock solid backline, Hawthorn will win.
B: C.Enright, H.Taylor, J.Kolodjashnij
HB: J.Bartel, T.Lonergan, C.Guthrie
C: A.Mackie, J.Selwood, M.Duncan
HF: C.Gregson, J.Walker, S.Motlop
F: J.Murdoch, T.Hawkins, S.Johnson
Foll: M.Blicavs, J.Kelly, J.Caddy
Inter: N.Cockatoo, D.Lang, M.Stokes, J.Thurlow
Emer: J.Bews, G.Horlin-Smith, B.Smedts
B: B.Stratton, B.Lake, J.Gibson
HB: G.Birchall, J.Frawley, L.Hodge
C: B.Hartung, S.Burgoyne, I.Smith
HF: C.Rioli, J.Gunston, L.Shiels
F: M.Suckling, J.Roughead, L.Breust
Foll: D.Hale, S.Mitchell, J.Lewis
Inter: P.Puopolo, B.Hill, D.Howe, B.McEvoy
Emer: T.Duryea, A.Litherland, R.Schoenmakers
In: B.Lake, D.Hale, D.Howe
Out: J.Ceglar (back soreness), T.Duryea, R.Schoenmakers