Game Chat – Melbourne v Hawthorn

Written by Motts on May 4 2019

Where and when: MCG, Saturday May 4, 1.45pm AEST

Last time they met: MCG, semi-final, 2018: Melbourne 16.8 (104) defeated Hawthorn 10.11 (71)

Melbourne won its way through to its first preliminary final in 18 years after a convincing 33-point win over Hawthorn in front of 90,152 fans. Tom McDonald kicked four goals and Jack Viney gathered 27 disposals in a commanding midfield display.

What it means for Melbourne: Melbourne’s finals hopes are hanging by a thread after a disastrous start to the season leaves it with a 1-5 win-loss record. Winning is a must to keep its faint September dreams alive.

What it means for Hawthorn: After a narrow win over Carlton, Hawthorn is sitting with five other sides at 3-3 and needs to maintain the rage to keep pace with the top eight. The Hawks are going through a readjustment period.

How Melbourne wins: The Demons made some strides in the way they defended against the Tigers but connecting forward of centre was still a major issue. If Melbourne can put pressure on Hawthorn’s developing defence and start converting opportunities from their entries, then they will be in business.

How Hawthorn wins: Limit Melbourne’s possessions and control the football. Spread the ball and make the ground big, moving the ball with speed. The Hawks also need to give their forwards one-on-one opportunities against their opponents, an area in which Melbourne has been susceptible in this year.

The stat: Hawthorn has won 15 of the last 17 matches played against Melbourne.

The match-up: James Harmes v Jaeger O’Meara

Harmes is the man to go to O’Meara in a run-with role with the star Hawk in exceptional form. The Demons midfielder ranks 97th overall in the Official AFL Player Ratings and has failed to recapture the form that saw him finish third in last year’s best and fairest. O’Meara is playing well above his rating (190th in the AFL).

It’s a big week for: Clayton Oliver

With Jack Viney set to miss the next fortnight, Melbourne will need a big performance from its other star midfielder. Oliver has been statistically very good this season, averaging 32 disposals and more than seven clearances a game. But the Demons need him to increase his impact on games and on the scoreboard – he hasn’t kicked a goal this season – if they are to defeat the Hawks.

Big call: Jack Gunston to turn around a slow start to the season and kick four goals against a Melbourne defence that has conceded an AFL-high 100.2 points per game this season.

Mottsy’s Tip: Dees to finally turn it around. Melbourne by 5 points.

 

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51 thoughts on “Game Chat – Melbourne v Hawthorn”

  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    Melbourne: James Harmes, Jordan Lewis, Billy Stretch, Jay Lockhart
    Hawthorn: Shaun Burgoyne, Isaac Smith, Daniel Howe, Dylan Moore

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  2. TU – Tim Kelly
    TD – Daniel Rich

    Lockhart will be switched depending on which one so need a decision before Dees game.

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  3. I have VC on gawn hopefully he can dominate big boy!

    please help before this game starts or else cant make trade
    TU:Kelly
    TD: cameron

    I already have hurn lloyd heeney danger oliver & brayshaw with R13 bye so kelly just adds to it 🙁

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  4. SUPERCOACH

    Q time 2.3.15 – 4.5.29

    A. Brayshaw 36
    J. O’Meara 40
    M. Hibberd 34
    R. Henderson 40
    J. Hunt 28
    S. Burgoyne 37
    M. Gawn 27
    I. Smith 33
    C. Salem 25
    L. Breust 33
    C. Oliver 20
    J. Gunston 31
    B. Stretch 15
    J. Impey 27
    A. Neal-Bullen 15
    B. McEvoy 27
    O. McDonald 14
    J. Worpel 26
    J. Melksham 14
    J. Sicily 25
    J. Garlett 13
    L. Shiels 22
    J. Wagner 13
    T. Scully 21
    J. Harmes 12
    K. Brand 19
    B. Fritsch 12
    B. Hardwick 17
    J. Lockhart 12
    J. Roughead 17
    D. Keilty 11
    B. Stratton 15
    N. Jones 9
    T. O’Brien 14
    S. Frost 8
    D. Moore 11
    C. Petracca 8
    M. Lewis 11
    M. Hore 8
    P. Puopolo 9
    J. Lewis 2
    C. Wingard 9
    T. McDonald -2
    D. Howe 7

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  5. SUPERCOACH

    1/2 time 4.5.29 – 5.5.38

    J. Harmes 62
    J. O’Meara 63
    M. Hibberd 60
    S. Burgoyne 57
    M. Gawn 59
    J. Gunston 56
    C. Salem 53
    J. Worpel 48
    B. Stretch 53
    I. Smith 47
    C. Oliver 51
    J. Sicily 46
    A. Brayshaw 50
    M. Lewis 44
    J. Hunt 43
    L. Shiels 42
    J. Lockhart 40
    B. Hardwick 40
    B. Fritsch 36
    L. Breust 40
    O. McDonald 34
    J. Impey 38
    N. Jones 29
    D. Moore 38
    C. Petracca 28
    J. Roughead 35
    J. Wagner 28
    D. Howe 33
    J. Garlett 25
    B. McEvoy 31
    A. Neal-Bullen 25
    R. Henderson 31
    J. Melksham 25
    T. Scully 26
    S. Frost 21
    P. Puopolo 25
    M. Hore 21
    T. O’Brien 23
    D. Keilty 21
    B. Stratton 22
    J. Lewis 12
    K. Brand 20
    T. McDonald 2
    C. Wingard 20

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  6. I have realised I may have got away with slight mistake this week, by thinking I could loophole my defence rookies with Whitfield. Not realising Whitfield played the same time as Lockhart. Lockhart will be the one playing over Clark and he has actually started well

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  7. SUPERCOACH

    3/4 time 9.10.64 – 7.8.50

    C. Salem 97
    J. Impey 78
    J. Harmes 93
    J. Gunston 73
    M. Gawn 81
    J. O’Meara 72
    M. Hibberd 77
    L. Shiels 71
    C. Oliver 73
    B. Hardwick 68
    O. McDonald 72
    J. Worpel 62
    A. Brayshaw 69
    D. Howe 60
    B. Stretch 65
    T. O’Brien 59
    A. Neal-Bullen 64
    I. Smith 57
    N. Jones 61
    L. Breust 57
    J. Hunt 60
    B. McEvoy 56
    J. Melksham 52
    S. Burgoyne 54
    M. Hore 52
    J. Sicily 51
    J. Lockhart 48
    R. Henderson 51
    T. McDonald 46
    M. Lewis 46
    J. Garlett 46
    D. Moore 45
    B. Fritsch 40
    K. Brand 44
    J. Wagner 40
    P. Puopolo 42
    S. Frost 39
    B. Stratton 40
    C. Petracca 32
    J. Roughead 36
    D. Keilty 25
    T. Scully 34
    J. Lewis 15
    C. Wingard 29

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  8. SUPERCOACH

    fulll time 11.13.79 – 11.8.74

    before scaling

    J. Harmes 117
    B. Hardwick 102
    M. Gawn 104
    J. Gunston 97
    C. Oliver 97
    J. Impey 96
    C. Salem 91
    K. Brand 85
    M. Hibberd 91
    L. Shiels 79
    N. Jones 88
    I. Smith 76
    O. McDonald 84
    J. O’Meara 76
    J. Lockhart 84
    T. O’Brien 75
    A. Neal-Bullen 80
    D. Moore 75
    T. McDonald 78
    J. Sicily 71
    M. Hore 74
    J. Worpel 71
    J. Hunt 72
    S. Burgoyne 71
    A. Brayshaw 69
    P. Puopolo 70
    B. Stretch 62
    B. McEvoy 70
    J. Melksham 61
    L. Breust 66
    J. Garlett 56
    R. Henderson 61
    S. Frost 52
    D. Howe 58
    B. Fritsch 48
    J. Roughead 55
    J. Wagner 48
    C. Wingard 54
    C. Petracca 40
    M. Lewis 52
    J. Lewis 35
    T. Scully 44
    D. Keilty 33
    B. Stratton 38

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  9. Was Oliver stiff not to get 100? I get that 5 clangers hurt his score but 30 touches at 76% is pretty good.

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      1. how did that happen , no way he deserved that , i guess we know who the CD scorer for gawn the ( C ) on this week

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      2. I noticed that, too. Gawn was on 100-and-something at full time, with around 200 points still to be allocated. Suddenly, he’s up to 127!

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  10. Should I loophole Gawn’s 127 as captain or wait for Cripps’s score?

    T/U: Use Gawn 127
    T/D: Use Cripps as captain

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  11. would be some very relieved ( c ) gawn coaches out there @ the moment ,
    gna hurt my ranking a bit though as im not gna score big this week

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