Australian Football League Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 01 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium (MCG), Melbourne, Australia, Monday 06 April 2015 online, 15.20pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The one game of the year that every AFL fan wants to see as the Hawks face the Cats in their annual Easter blockbuster. The Hawks are starting their quest for a third consecutive premiership whilst the Cats have re-stocked for at their fourth flag in eight years.
The Hawks will be without 2014 premiership players Matt Spangher and Grant Birchall but have named former Demon James Frawley and ex-Giant Jonathan O’Rourke to potentially make their debuts. The Cats could have as many as three players donning the blue and white hoops for the first time – Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo and Corey Gregson.
The Hawks lost to Collingwood and North Melbourne before thrashing St Kilda in their final NAB Challenge game. The Cats lost to Gold Coast before beating Adelaide and Carlton in their pre-season
Mitch Clark and Tom Hawkins v James Frawley and Brian Lake – The Cats now possess one of the best key forward duos in the league with former Demon Mitch Clark impressing in the pre-season. Geelong has been looking for a forward to assist Hawkins for years and Clark fits that bill. The Hawks recruited James Frawley to help take these gorilla forwards and he looks set to face his former teammate today.
Geelong and Hawthorn have met on 155 occasions with the Cats leading 85-70 with one draw.
Before the 2013 preliminary final Geelong had won 11 games in a row, since the Hawks won the 2008 grand final.
These two sides have met 21 times at the MCG and the Cats lead 15-7.
The last 13 games between these two sides have been separated by an average of 16-points.
The Hawks have only beaten Geelong twice since the 2008 Grand Final victory.
Since 2010, Geelong is 10-2 (9-3 against the line) vs the Hawks having started outsider in seven of those games.
Geelong was 8-1 in games decided by 13 points in 2014.
Geelong is 4-1 head-to-head and against the line in round 1 since 2010.
The Hawks are 3-2 head-to-head and against the line in round 1 since 2010.
The Kennett curse is well and truly over with Hawthorn having won three out of their last four against the Cats. These two always entertaining games and it’s tough to go past the Hawks on the bulk of their past body of work. But the Cats have strengthened their list and now do not have to rely on Hawkins as their sole forward target. They might lack pace in the middle but it’s tough to go past taking Geelong with the start.
B: Shaun Burgoyne, James Frawley, Brian Lake
HB Will Langford, Josh Gibson, Ben Stratton
C Isaac Smith, Sam Mitchell, Bradley Hill
HF Luke Breust, Jack Gunston, Liam Shiels
F Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Cyril Rioli
Fol Ben McEvoy, Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis
I/C Jonathon Ceglar, Taylor Duryea, Billy Hartung, Matthew Suckling, Jonathan O’Rourke, Jed Anderson, Ryan Schoenmakers (three to be omitted)
B: Jared Rivers, Harry Taylor, Corey Enright
HB Cameron Guthrie, Tom Lonergan, Jed Bews
C Mathew Stokes, Joel Selwood, Andrew Mackie
HF Jimmy Bartel, Mitch Clark, Mitch Duncan
F Steven Motlop, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson
Fol Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, James Kelly
I/C Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson, George Horlin-Smith, Darcy Lang, Jordan Murdoch, Dawson Simpson, Billie Smedts (three to be omitted)
New Mitch Clark, Nakia Cockatoo, Cory Gregson