Venue: MCG at 3:20pm AEST
Last Time They Met:
R20, 2016, Melbourne 17.8 (110) d Hawthorn 11.15 (81) at the MCG
R11, 2016, Hawthorn 11.16 (82) d Melbourne 10.4 (64) at the MCG
R7, 2015, Hawthorn 24.11 (155) d Melbourne 7.8 (50) at the MCG
R20, 2014, Hawthorn 17.13 (115) d Melbourne 9.11 (65) at the MCG
R10, 2013, Hawthorn 21.17 (143) d Melbourne 6.12 (48) at the MCG
Game Notes: Melbourne had a breakthrough victory against Essendon, as it squared its season at 3-3. The Demons overcame the lack of a recognised ruckman against the Bombers, with Cameron Pedersen stepping into the void left by injured big men Max Gawn and Jake Spencer. The Hawks, on the other hand, were thumped by St Kilda by 75 points. Coach Alastair Clarkson warned of “catastrophic change” if the beltings, which have occurred three times this season, continue. A game against former teammate Jordan Lewis should give the Hawks players some incentive to lift. If Melbourne is to be a serious contender for finals this season, this is the sort of game it should win and win handsomely.
Huttabito’s Tip: Melbourne by 40 points
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