WHERE AND WHEN: MCG Saturday, August 11, 1.45pm AEST
So much is at stake when two of the competition’s greatest rivals meet for the second time this year. The winner will all but certainly qualify for the finals, while the loser faces a real fight to make it in September. The Hawks have found some form and are looking at four straight wins for the first time since late 2016, while the Cats have only lost twice in a row on one occasion this year, and they come into the game only an errant Gary Ablett shot for goal from knocking over Richmond. Two fine midfields go head to head this week and both clubs can score, so it might come down to the depth players from both sides. Who can make a name for themselves on such a big stage?
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R4, 2018, Hawthorn 17.16 (118) d Geelong Cats 18.9 (117) at the MCG
R17, 2017, Geelong Cats 13.10 (88) d Hawthorn 12.13 (85) at the MCG
R4, 2017, Geelong Cats 20.14 (134) d Hawthorn 6.12 (48) at the MCG
2QF, 2016, Geelong Cats 12.13 (85) d Hawthorn 12.11 (83) at the MCG
R1, 2016, Geelong Cats 18.8 (116) d Hawthorn 12.14 (86) at the MCG
Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 15 points
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