Australian Football Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats Stream JLT Series AFL 2017 Pre Seasons match will be kick off at York Park Stadium, Tasmania, Australia, Friday 17 February 2017 online, 19.40 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Cats have named 10 players who are yet to wear the blue and white hoops in their squad of 29 which will be cut back to 26 today.
Leading names include off-season recruits Zach Tuohy and Aaron Black, top draft selection Brandan Parfitt and rookies Zach Guthrie and Jack Henry.
Guthrie and Henry are both certain starters against the Hawks in Launceston after being told they would make their debut at training yesterday.
“Any time you get an opportunity to play in the senior squad it’s a massive honour. To be playing for an amazing club is a great feeling,” Guthrie said.
“Being under done body (wise), the aim this pre-season was to develop that as much as I could. But to get the recognition is just amazing.
“I just want to enjoy the experience, soak it all up, and help the team as much as I can as well.”
As expected skipper Joel Selwood and brother Scott (toe) will miss, while Lachie Henderson has overcome a calf niggle to be declared fit to play.
Jackson Thurlow will also complete his return from a serious knee injury, playing his first competitive match since rupturing his ACL in the 2016 pre-season.
Henry has impressed this summer but admitted it still hadn’t sunk in that he would be making his debut for the team he supported as a kid.
“I’m so excited, it’s insane, and I’ve always been a Cats fan,” Henry said.
“I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s good to have it pay off. It’s really exciting and quite surreal.
“I’ll probably play across half forward and in the backline, so that will give me a chance at both ends.
“But it’s not about possessions, I just want to play my role and it’s just about playing good team football, so if I do that I’ll be happy.”
Cats champion and assistant coach Corey Enright broke the news to Guthrie that he would be making his debut.
Hawthorn has named a very strong squad for the match with Jarryd Roughead, Shaun Burgoyne and Cyril Rioli the leading names to step out for the first time in 2017.
Guthrie, a small defender, said he would relish the opportunity of guarding the fleet-footed Rioli.
“I’m sure there will be times that I find myself on him,” Guthrie said.
“I’ll just try and do the best job I can on him, being such an exciting player.”