Venue/Time: The Home of Football, 3.20pm AEST
Past 5 Times
2QF, 2016, Geelong 12.13 (85) d Hawthorn 12.11 (83) at the MCG
R1, 2016, Geelong 18.8 (116) d Hawthorn 12.14 (86) at the MCG
R20, 2015, Hawthorn 19.7 (121) d Geelong 12.13 (85) at the MCG
R1, 2015, Hawthorn 17.21 (123) d Geelong 8.13 (61) at the MCG
2QF, 2014, Hawthorn 15.14 (104) d Geelong 10.8 (68) at the MCG
The circumstances are much different to when Geelong (3-0) and Hawthorn (0-3) met in last year’s qualifying final. The Cats started their rebuild several years ago and missed the finals in 2015 – a fate the Hawks appear to be staring down the barrel at – but are already back contending again. Geelong may have unearthed another star in the form of round three NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Brandan Parfitt, but its season fortunes are resting most on ‘Dangerwood’ and reborn forward Daniel Menzel. The immediate future is not so bright for Hawthorn, with a litany of premiership stars, such as Josh Gibson, Jack Gunston and Shaun Burgoyne, struggling to recapture their best. Boom recruit Jaeger O’Meara is also taking time in his return to the game after multiple knee injuries, but ex- Swan Tom Mitchell and Adelaide newcomer Ricky Henderson have bucked the trend.
Mottsy’s Tip: Cats by 35
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