Australian Football League Live Essendon Bombers vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 02 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium (MCG), Melbourne, Australia, Sunday 12 April 2015 online, 15.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Bombers blew their dominant first half against Sydney ending in a disappointing loss whilst the Hawks could not have been more impressive in their round 1 thrashing of Geelong.
The Hawks welcome back premiership star Grant Birchall and have youngster Jono O’Rourke making his debut in the brown and gold with Liam Shiels (hamstring) and Taylor Duryea (omit) out. For the Bombers, David Myers (shoulder) and Dustin Fletcher (groin) are out with J. Ashby and James Gwilt coming in.
The Bombers rank 5th in kicks, 2nd in tackles, 1st in clearances but also 2nd in clangers following their round 1 defeat. Following their big win, the Hawks rank 5th in disposals, second in marks and points. They are 13th in handballs which reflects their game-style based around kicking, marking and retaining possession by foot.
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Hawthorn forward line v Bombers defence – it’s very hard to single out one Hawks player that Essendon needs to stop such is their options going forward. Puopolo, Roughead and Breust all kicked multiple goals in round 1 with regulars Rioli and Gunston slotting just one. Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley and co will have their hands full but they will be relying on their midfield to stifle the supply into Hawthorn’s forward line.
Hawthorn and Essendon have met 156 times with the Bombers leading 95-61. Since 2010, Hawthorn is 5-1 (4-2 against the line) vs the Bombers. The Hawks have won their last four matches against Essendon by an average of 46 points. The Bombers’ last win was by 43 points in 2010. Essendon is 10-11-1 (11-11 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2012. The Hawks are 23-4 (15-12 ATL) at the ‘G since the start of 2013.
The Hawks emphatically began their quest for a third consecutive premiership with a 10-goal win over Geelong in round 1. In their last six games, the Hawks average a 42-point winning margin and are conceding an average of just 70-points per game. They have won their last five against Essendon with three of them by over 55-points too. This line opened around 23.5 but has drifted to 32.5 – that doesn’t matter, the Hawks will smoke them. Chips in!
B Hibberd, Hooker, Gleeson
HB Stanton, Carlisle, Gwilt
C Melksham, Watson, Baguley
HF Colyer, Hurley, Heppell
F Chapman, Ambrose, Cooney
FOLL Bellchambers, Goddard, Zaharakis
I/C Howlett, Merrett, Daniher, Ashby
IN Gwilt, Ashby
EMG McKernan, Dempsey, Dalgleish
OUT Fletcher (groin), Myers (shoulder)
B Burgoyne, Frawley, Lake
HB Birchall, Gibson, Stratton
C Smith, Mitchell, Hill
HF Breust, Gunston, Langford
F Puopolo, Roughead, Rioli
FOLL Ceglar, Hodge, Lewis
I/C McEvoy, O’Rourke, Anderson, Suckling,
EMG Duryea, Schoenmakers, Sicily
IN Birchall, O’Rourke
OUT Shiels (hamstring), Duryea