AFL Live Hawthorn Hawks vs St Kilda Saints Streaming Free 2018 Regular Seasons week 06 match will be kick off at University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, TAS, Australia, Saturday 28 April 2018 online, 19:25 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Hawthorn dropped their first four games of the year, including two by massive margin’s to Gold Coast and Geelong, before bouncing back in style with a 50 point win over West Coast at the MCG in Round 5.
St Kilda sit with a win-loss record of 2-3 and stuck with Geelong for three quarters last weekend, before being blown out of the water late in the game, going down by 38 points.
They venture down to Launceston to square their win-loss ledger and will need to make sure that they don’t give Hawthorn the freedom they enjoyed last weekend against the Eagles.
Saints coach, Alan Richardson, will explore ways to nullify the work of Hawk recruit, Tom Mitchell, who leads the competition for total disposals. The former Swan is averaging 34 touches per game. Richardson may look to Seb Ross to curb the influence of Mitchell.
Hawthorn will need a big game from not only Mitchell, but their premiership heroes as well, including the likes of Cyril Rioli, Jarryd Roughead and ruckman Ben McEvoy, who all lifted on previous performances to help steer the Hawks home last weekend.
McEvoy lines up against his former side, who have battled in the ruck this season and are ranked last for total hitouts. He will take on either Billy Longer or Tom Hickey in the middle.
Key players for St Kilda include Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna and Jack Steven, while the Saints will need a lift from some of their younger players, including Luke Dunstan and Jade Gresham, who were both quiet in the loss to the Cats. Jake Carlisle is another that needs to lift. The former Bomber has been quiet in his games for his new club.
An interesting aspect of this game is the Hawks dominance at the venue. They have won their past 19 games at the venue, a sequence that stretches back to early 2012. St Kilda came close at a similar stage last year, going down by three points.
Hawthorn have a relatively healthy list of players to choose from and Jaegar O’Meara may return after experiencing knee soreness over the past fortnight. Ty Vickery, Jack Fitzpatrick and Jono O’Rourke have all impressed at VFL level and will be considered.
St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt is expected to play despite hurting his ankle in the loss to Geelong. Jack Sinclair and Paddy McCartin could come in after playing well in the VFL.
Hawthorn have won the past six against St Kilda, including last year’s clash at this venue by three points.
The Saints have been on the receiving end of some thumping’s at the hands of Hawthorn and went down to the Hawks by 145 points in Round 7 of 2014.
B: B.Hardwick, J.Frawley, B.Stratton
HB: R.Burton, J.Gibson, L.Hodge
C: I.Smith, T.Mitchell, B.Hartung
HF: L.Breust, T.O’Brien, J.Gunston
F: P.Puopolo, J.Roughead, W.Langford
FOL: B.McEvoy, L.Shiels, J.O’Meara
I/C: K.Brand, S.Burgoyne, J.Sicily, D.Howe
EMG: K.Stewart, R.Henderson, T.Vickery
B: J.Geary, N.Brown, J.Webster
HB: J.Newnes, J.Carlisle, D.Roberton
C: J.Billings, J.Steele, L.Montagna
HF: J.Gresham, N.Riewoldt, M.Weller
F: D.Minchington, J.Bruce, T.Membrey
FOL: B.Longer, S.Ross, J.Steven
I/C: B.Acres, S.Gilbert, K.Stevens, J.Sinclair
EMG: L.Dunstan, D.McKenzie, J.Holmes
IN: K.Stevens, J.Sinclair
OUT: L.Dunstan, B.Long