Venue: Aurora Stadium, 2.10pm AEST
Last 5 times:
R10, 2015, Hawthorn 20.12 (132) d St Kilda 10.9 (69) at Etihad Stadium,
R7, 2014, Hawthorn 27.13 (175) d St Kilda 4.6 (30) at the MCG,
R20, 2013, Hawthorn 14.18 (102) d St Kilda 7.14 (56) at Etihad Stadium,
R6, 2012, Hawthorn 18.15 (123) d St Kilda 13.10 (88) at the MCG,
R8, 2011, Hawthorn 14.15 (99) d St Kilda 10.9 (69) at the MCG
Top SC scorers from last match:
Hawthorn: Mitchell 106, Hodge 100, Breust 100
St Kilda: Montagna 128, Roberton 124, Steven 119, Armitage 101, Webster 100
IN: Tim O’Brien, Luke Hodge, Daniel Howe
OUT: Jonathan O’Rourke (Omitted), Ryan Schoenmakers (Groin Soreness), Josh Gibson (Hamstring Tightness)
IN: Tom Lee, Eli Templeton, Blake Acres
OUT: Dylan Roberton (Knee), Jimmy Webster (Quad), Luke Dunstan (Hamstring)
Game notes: Just as the Sainters were starting to feel good about themselves having knocked off the Not So Hot Pies, they run into the Happy Team playing at a ground where they’ve won 22 of their last 23. It’d be a tough ask of any team let alone one in the middle of a rebuild. From a SC perspective, Joey will tear them apart again because the Hawks don’t tag while Delicious & Broooost save some of their best work for the wide expanses of York Park.
The 6 Points:
1. In 2015 the Hawks kicked eight goals to three in the first half and 12 to seven in the second half; they finished with 32 to 19 scoring shots. Sam Mitchell was best on ground with 35 disposals. Jarryd Roughead and Jack Gunston kicked three goals each.
2. Hawthorn is the number one tackling side after three games averaging 82.3 per game compared to St Kilda ranked 8th averaging 66.6. Will Langford is the number one tackling player in the competition with 27.
3. Hawthorn and St Kilda meet for the 153rd time and the Hawks hold the advantage, winning 79 games to 71; with two draws. The Saints haven’t won since round 19, 2009.
4. The Saints have been a strong clearance side so far in 2016 ranked fourth with 40.3 per game thanks to David Armitage ranked equal fourth with a total of 24.
5. Hawthorn has now won their last 15 games and 22 of their last 23 at Aurora Stadium; they last lost in round five, 2012. St Kilda has played in Launceston nine times for five wins; the most recent was in round 19, 2009 with the undermanned Saints defeating the Hawks.
6. The top three small forwards in this game, according to the Official AFL Player Ratings all play for the Hawks – Cyril Rioli (18th overall), Luke Breust (34) and Paul Puopolo (106).
Mottsy’s tip: Hawks by 35 (get on the Saints at the line if you’re punting)
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