Venue: MCG, Saturday, May 20, 7.25pm AEST
Last Time They Met: R23, 2016, Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Collingwood 17.9 (111) at the MCG
R15, 2015, Hawthorn 15.11 (101) d Collingwood 12.19 (91) at the MCG
R23, 2014, Hawthorn 18.13 (121) d Collingwood 8.8 (56) at the MCG
R14, 2014, Hawthorn 17.13 (115) d Collingwood 13.8 (86) at the MCG
R21, 2013, Hawthorn 18.11 (119) d Collingwood 12.12 (84) at the MCG
Game notes: Collingwood is a raging favourite to end a nine-game hoodoo against Hawthorn in this clash of apparent also-rans. The 3-5 Hawks have won three of their past four games but their faint finals hopes have seemingly been extinguished after losing key trio Cyril Rioli, Ben Stratton and James Frawley to long-term injuries. The 2-6 Pies will be without important swingman Ben Reid for up to a month but are likely to regain Adam Treloar and have a golden opportunity to build on their last-kick loss to flag fancy Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium. The Pies have been competitive but inconsistent, which wasn’t helped by a crammed schedule, but will now be well rested following successive seven-day breaks. A Collingwood win would be their first against Hawthorn since the nail-biting 2011 preliminary final – Mick Malthouse’s second-last game as the Pies’ coach.
Father Dougal’s Tip: Pies by 20
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