AFL Live Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 03 Match will be kick off at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 10 April 2016 online, 15.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The clear match of the round, with the hotter than hot Western Bulldogs at their favoured venue taking on the champion Hawthorn outfit, still flexing their muscle despite being down a few soliders.
Neither side has any confirmed outs at this stage.
Liam Shiels will come in for the Hawks, probably at the expense of Daniel Howe. Tom Campbell may get named for the Dogs, perhaps for Josh Dunkley.
The Bulldogs have hit the ground running to be the team everyone loves to watch. But it’s not just their run and gun style that has won them admirers, as they are miserly in defence too. The Dogs are belting their opponents in contested possession so far, but reach their sternest test now.
Hawthorn defied those that had them as underdogs against West Coast, putting the Eagles to the sword while never letting them get into the game. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, and they still lacked polish at various stages. They’ll need to go to another level here.
Hawthorn has put together a seven game winning streak over the Bulldogs, which is no surprise given their respective positions on the ladder over the previous five or six years.
Jarryd Roughead has kicked 13 goals in his last two matches against the Dogs, and taken five Brownlow votes from these games, but is out with injury this time. Luke Hodge got the three votes against the Dogs last time, but is also missing.
The champion versus the challenger, on the challenger’s home turf.
The Bulldogs have found a perfect balance of inside toughness and outside skill, and a great blend of defence and attack in their first two matches, but these wins were against a St Kilda almost certain to finish in the bottom six, and a Fremantle that were playing like it.
Hawthorn couldn’t get the game on their terms against Geelong, but were on top from the outset against a West Coast that wasn’t quite there. They’ll try and dominate the Dogs physically, and cut them open with their own precise ball movement.
The main challenge for the Dogs is not to be overawed in the face of such a big game against the might of the Hawks. If they keep their heads, and match them on the inside, they can beat them on the outside. Expect a game of momentum shifts.
B: M.Boyd, M.Adams, D.Morris
HB: M.Suckling, E.Wood, S.Biggs
C: L.Hunter, T.Liberatore, J.Johannisen
HF: L.Picken, M.Bontempelli, J.Stringer
F: L.Dahlhaus, T.Boyd, R.Murphy
R: J.Roughead, J.Macrae, M.Wallis
I/C FROM: T.Campbell, T.McLean, J.Dunkley, K.Stevens, J.Hamling, C.Daniel, L.Jong
IN: T.Campbell, J.Hamling, L.Jong
B: B.Stratton, J.Frawley, T.Duryea
HB: S.Burgoyne, J.Gibson, G.Birchall
C: B.Hartung, J.Lewis, I.Smith
HF: L.Breust, R.Schoenmakers, P.Puopolo
F: J.Sicily, J.Gunston, C.Rioli
R: B.McEvoy, S.Mitchell, W.Langford
I/C FROM: A.Litherland, J.Ceglar, J.O’Rourke, M.Pittonet, D.Howe, B.Hardwick, L.Shiels
IN: L.Shiels, M.Pittonet, B.Hardwick