AFL NAB Cup 2015 Live North Melbourne Kangaroos vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL Pre Seasons NAB Challenge match will be kick off at Deakin Reserve,Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, Sunday 08 March 2015 online, 16.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Foxtell.
North Melbourne Kangaroos midfielder Ryan Bastinac admits the excitement for today’s NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn trumps any usual pre-season encounter.
A quick glance at the team sheets and it’s not hard to see why.
Two top-four teams from last year, one including 11 premiership guns and a No.2 draft pick (Jono O’Rourke) from last week and the other, Bastinac’s emerging Kangaroos, including star captain Andrew Swallow and retaining high-profile recruit Jarrad Waite.
And with a repeat encounter locked in for Round 5, Bastinac believes there are real gains to be won in the Shepparton clash.
“Anytime you get to play against a strong team like Hawthorn to see where you’re at is always good,” Bastinac said yesterday.
Hawthorn’s edge over the competition has been apparent in three spheres: kicking, the needs-based recruitment of seasoned players and coaching innovation.
Unsurprisingly, rival clubs are following Hawthorn’s lead in foot skills and position-specific recruiting from other clubs. Geelong, who once relied almost exclusively on drafting kids, has turned Copy Cats and sought to recruit a raft of experienced players – Hamish McIntosh, Jared Rivers, Mitch Clark, Rhys Stanley and potentially Patrick Dangerfield – to fill the craters that have suddenly opened up as champions exit.
But another significant, albeit less-sexy, Hawthorn edge has received little recognition or imitation. For if the Hawks have taught the competition the value of kicking, they’ve been much less successful in teaching their rivals the value of teachers.
On Sunday, Rob McCartney will be sitting on the bench at Shepparton’s Deakin Reserve, alongside the resting Hawthorn players, as the bulk of the premiership team have their first rigorous match practice of 2015 against North Melbourne. It is a ground that McCartney, Hawthorn’s latest addition to the coaching panel, knows well. He was school principal at Shepparton’s Guthrie Street Primary School from 2007 until the end of last year, and has worked as teacher, assistant principal or school principal since 1990.
North Melbourne Kangaroos: Brad McKenzie, Ryan Bastinac, Ben Jacobs, Jack Ziebell, Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington, Michael Firrito, Lindsay Thomas, Leigh Adams, Trent Dumont, Scott Thompson, Shaun Atley, Sam Wright, Drew Petrie, Todd Goldstein, Sam Durdin, Robbie Tarrant, Robin Nahas, Brent Harvey, Jarrad Waite, Mason Wood, Jamie MacMillan, Aaron Black, Joel Tippett, Majak Daw, Kayne Turner, Scott McMahon, Sam Gibson, Ben Brown
Hawthorn Kawks: Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis, Matt Suckling, Sam Mitchell, Josh Gibson, Ben McEvoy, Taylor Duryea, Shaun Burgoyne, Bradley Hill, James Frawley, Jonathan O’Rourke, Luke Hodge, Isaac Smith, Brian Lake, Jonathon Ceglar, Jack Gunston, David Hale, James Sicily, Luke Breust, Ben Stratton, Liam Shiels, Paul Puopolo, Angus Litherland, Cyril Rioli, Sam Grimley, Jed Anderson, Alex Woodward, Billy Hartung, Daniel Howe