AFL Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL 2017 Seasons Round 04 match will be kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Monday 17 April 2017 online, 15:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
After producing one of their worst performances in recent memory last weekend, the task at hand does not get any easier for the Hawthorn Hawks when they take on their modern day rivals, the Geelong Cats, in Round 4 of the AFL season.
The Easter Monday clash gets underway at 3.20PM at the home of football, the MCG, and should be another classic between the two sides.
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The two sides sit at opposite ends of the ladder. Hawthorn is winless and in 18th spot after three rounds, while Geelong has won three from three and sit in 3rd position, just behind Adelaide and Richmond.
The Cats come off a 29 point win over Melbourne and after trailing at three quarter time it was the cream that came to the fore, with both Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood dominating in the last term to get their side home.
Hawthorn will be mindful of those two matchwinners but the Cats also have a number of other players that will give their old foes a headache. Tom Hawkins comes off a five-goal performance, while Daniel Menzel has been in sublime form in 2017.
That combination should have a big day up forward unless the Hawks can solve their defensive woes that have seen them concede 120 points per game this year.
Hawthorn simply need to get their hands on the football a lot more and move the ball faster in order to give their forwards a chance.
They are ranked 16th in the competition for contested possessions and 17th for clearances, which is a worrying sign given the club’s efforts to secure Tom Mitchell and Jaegar O’Meara in the off-season.
Mitchell has been great so far for his new club, while O’Meara has been serviceable. However, it is the Hawks host of premiership stars such as Isaac Smith, Will Langford and Cyril Rioli that will need to step up against the Cats
B: Shaun Burgoyne, James Frawley, Ben Stratton
HB: Ryan Burton, Kaiden Brand, Josh Gibson
C: Isaac Smith, Tom Mitchell, Liam Shiels
HF: Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Brendan Whitecross
F: Ty Vickery, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo
FOL: Ben McEvoy, Luke Hodge, Cyril Rioli
I/C FROM: Tim O’Brien, James Sicily, Will Langford, Blake Hardwick, Daniel Howe, Ricky Henderson, Billy Hartung
IN: Billy Hartung, James Sicily, Tim O’Brien, Daniel Howe, Blake Hardwick
OUT: Jaeger O’Meara, Teia Miles
B: Tom Stewart, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB: Harry Taylor, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy
C: Josh Cowan, Joel Selwood, George Horlin-Smith
HF: James Parsons, Rhys Stanley, Steven Motlop
F: Brendan Parfitt, Tom Hawkins, Daniel Menzel
FOL: Zac Smith, Patrick Dangerfield, Cameron Guthrie
I/C FROM: Mark Blicavs, Nakia Cockatoo, Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola, Jordan Murdoch, Tom Ruggles, Jackson Thurlow
IN: Rhys Stanley, Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Nakia Cockatoo
OUT: Lincoln McCarthy