Venue: UTAS, 3:20pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R21, 2016, Hawthorn 14.12 (96) d North Melbourne 8.9 (57) at the MCG
R13, 2016, Hawthorn 14.9 (93) d North Melbourne 11.18 (84) at Etihad
R5, 2015, Hawthorn 19.16 (130) d North Melbourne 10.10 (70) at Etihad
R16, 2014, North Melbourne 16.12 (108) d Hawthorn 13.10 (88) at Etihad
R22, 2013, Hawthorn 17.15 (117) d North Melbourne 15.13 (103) at Etihad
Game notes: The battle of Tasmania is effectively a dead rubber, with neither Hawthorn nor North Melbourne – which both play home matches across the Bass Strait – in finals contention. The Hawks had lost just one of their past six games before Richmond’s pressure brought them unstuck on Sunday, but that previous form was as good as any other side in the competition. Luke Hodge’s return from suspension will help organise a Hawthorn back six that also contains rising stars Ryan Burton and James Sicily. Curbing ball-magnet Tom Mitchell will be tough for the Roos, who will hope for Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins and Trent Dumont to fire in the middle. Ryan Clarke had a career-high 31 disposals last week and is building momentum. North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wants to finish strongly after winning just one of his last nine outings.
Hutta’s Tip: Hawthorn by 20 points.
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