Australian Football League (AFL) Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats AFL Qualifying Final match will be kick off at MCG Stadium,Melbourne,Friday 05 September 2014 online, 19:50 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Geelong Cats rested key trio Steven Motlop, Allen Christensen and Hamish McIntosh last week and they should all come back in whilst the ingenious Steve Johnson needs to overcome a foot complaint to take his place. Those who could be dropped include Mitch Brown, Josh Walker, Jackson Thurlow and Lincoln McCarthy. For the Hawks, Luke Hodge, Brad Hill and Ben Stratton should all bolster their line up whilst Brian Lake (hip) and Matt Suckling (knee) need to pass fitness tests. Cyril Rioli remains a chance to play in their second final
The Hawthorn Hawks rank first in both disposals and points this season and easily overcame a severely under-strengthened Collingwood outfit last Friday night. They have won two on the trot coming into this finals series with a win over the Cats just two weeks ago. They’re 5-5 (4-6 against the line) vs top-eight sides and 3-3 both head-to-head and against the line vs top-four teams this year. Geelong is humming at the right time of the year winning eight of their last nine games (although five of those wins have come by under 14-points). The Cats have a 6-3 record (4-5 against the line) vs fellow top-eight sides in 2014.
The Cats got the jump on the Hawks, racing to a 31-point lead at half-time a fortnight ago. They restricted the Hawks to just three goals in the first half with Mitch Duncan and Mathew Stokes doing the damage in the middle. After half-time it was another story – as the Hawks came out and kicked 11 goals to three to run away with a 23-point victory. After half-time it was Will Langford who was the spark kicking two third term goals whilst David Hale and Jarryd Roughead both kicked three each.
Geelong and Hawthorn have met on 155 occasions with the Cats leading 85-69 with one draw. This is the most intense and exciting rivalry in modern times. Before last year’s preliminary final Geelong had won 11 games in a row, since the Hawks won the 2008 grand final. These two sides have met 21 times at the MCG and the Cats lead 15-6. The last 13 games between these two sides have been separated by an average of 14-points. The Hawks have only beaten Geelong twice since the 2008 Grand Final victory. Since 2010, Geelong is 10-2 (9-3 against the line) vs the Hawks having started outsider in seven of those games. Geelong is 8-0 in games decided by 13 points or less this year. Since 2010, the Cats are 5-5 both head-to-head and against the line in finals – vs Hawthorn they’re 1-2 (2-1 against the line). Since the 2007, the Cats are 10-6 in the finals – including two flags. The Hawks are 9-5 in the same period. Since 2010, the Hawks are 6-4 (4-6 against the line) in finals.
B: Josh Gibson,Brian Lake,Ben Stratton
HB:Sam Mitchell,Grant Birchall,Will Langford
C:Bradley Hill,Luke Hodge,Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Breust,Matt Spangher,Jordan Lewis
F: Paul Puopolo,Jarryd Roughead,Jack Gunston
Fol: David Hale,Liam Shiels,Shaun Burgoyne
I/C: Taylor Duryea,Jonathon Ceglar,Brad Sewell,Jonathan Simpkin
Emg: Billy Hartung,Ben McEvoy,Angus Litherland
In: Ben Stratton,Bradley Hill,Luke Hodge
Out: Ryan Schoenmakers (Omitted),Billy Hartung (Omitted),Angus Litherland (Omitted)
B: Harry Taylor,Tom Lonergan,Jared Rivers
HB: Andrew Mackie,Corey Enright,Mitch Duncan
C: Cameron Guthrie,Joel Selwood,Jimmy Bartel
HF: Steven Motlop,Mark Blicavs,Jordan Murdoch
F: Steve Johnson,Tom Hawkins,Mathew Stokes
Fol: Hamish McIntosh,Josh Caddy,James Kelly
I/C: George Horlin-Smith,Jackson Thurlow,Travis Varcoe,Josh Walker
Emg: Mitch Brown,Lincoln McCarthy,Brad Hartman
In: Steven Motlop,Steve Johnson,Hamish McIntosh
Out: Billie Smedts (Omitted),Lincoln McCarthy (Omitted),Mitch Brown (Omitted)