AFL 2014 Live Hawthorn Hawks vs Geelong Cats match will be kick off at MCG, Melbourne,Saturday 23 August 2014 online, Time 19:40 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
What a cracking lead-up to the finals with the two most dominant sides of the past six years facing off. These two look likely of facing off in a qualifying final too. Sit back and enjoy the ride!
The Hawks will welcome back 2013 Coleman Medallist Jarryd Roughead with open arms whilst Matt Spangher, Angus Litherland, Billy Hartung, Jon Ceglar and Brad Sewell are also a chance to return. For Geelong, Steve Johnson is likely to miss whilst Jimmy Bartel and Jordan Murdoch should return.
The Hawks rank 1st in both disposals and points this season and battled manfully with an understrengthed side against Fremantle last weekend. The had won four in a row before that one and are third on the ladder. They’re 4-5 (3-6 against the line) vs top-eight sides and 2-3 both head-to-head and against the line vs top-four teams this year. Geelong is humming at the right time of the year with seven wins in a row including five of them by under 13 points. The Cats have a 6-2 record (4-4 against the line) vs fellow top-eight sides in 2014.
The Easter Monday blockbuster saw the Cats, led by Tom Hawkins, kick nine goals to seven after half-time to run out 19-point winners. Hawkins monstored the under-sized Kyle Cheney kicking 5.3. Steve Johnson did what he liked with 34 touches, 10 marks and three goals. For the Hawks, both Luke Breust and Jack Gunston kicked three goals each whilst Roughead was held goalless.
Geelong and Hawthorn have met on 154 occasions with the Cats leading 85-68 with one draw. This is the most intense and exciting rivalry in modern times. Before last year’s preliminary final Geelong had won 11 games in a row since the Hawks won the 2008 grand final. These two sides have met 20 times at the MCG and the Cats lead 15-5. The last 13 games between these two sides have been separated by an average of 8-points. The Hawks have only beaten Geelong once since the 2008 Grand Final victory. Since 2010, Geelong is 10-1 (9-2 against the line) vs the Hawks having started outsider in seven of those games. Geelong is 8-0 in games decided by 13 points or less this year.
B Brian Lake, Josh Gibson, Matthew Suckling
HB Shaun Burgoyne, Ben Stratton, Grant Birchall
C Bradley Hill, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF Luke Hodge, Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston
F Paul Puopolo, David Hale, Luke Breust
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Jordan Lewis, Liam Shiels
I/C Matt Spangher, Will Langford, Brad Sewell, Jonathan Simpkin
EMG Taylor Duryea, Ryan Schoenmakers, Billy Hartung
IN Jarryd Roughead, Jonathon Ceglar, Matt Spangher, Brad Sewell
OUT Ryan Schoenmakers (omitted), Ben McEvoy (omitted), Taylor Duryea (omitted), Tim O’Brien (omitted)
B Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB Harry Taylor, Jared Rivers, Cameron Guthrie
C Mathew Stokes, Joel Selwood, James Kelly
HF Steven Motlop, Mark Blicavs, Travis Varcoe
F Jimmy Bartel, Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen
FOL Hamish McIntosh, Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy
I/C Shane Kersten, Jordan Murdoch, Jackson Thurlow, Brad Hartman
EMG Jed Bews, Mitch Brown, Darcy Lang
IN Jimmy Bartel, Jordan Murdoch
OUT Billie Smedts (omitted), Jed Bews (omitted)