WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Friday, September 14, 7.50pm AEST
The narrative about both sides shifted dramatically in the past week. Melbourne eliminated Geelong in its first finals appearance in 12 years, whereas Hawthorn’s early competitiveness against Richmond subsided in a 31-point defeat. Many observers have since written the Hawks off – always a dangerous thing to do – and another loss would result in their second straight-sets exit in three years after a top-four finish. Melbourne, on the other hand, is aiming for back-to-back finals triumphs for the first time since 2000, when it last made a Grand Final. Hawthorn obliterated the Demons in the clearances last time, so the midfield battle at the feet of Ben McEvoy and Max Gawn will again be pivotal.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR?
Round four: Hawthorn 18.7 (115) d Melbourne 6.12 (48) at the MCG
The Demons led by 21 points midway through the first quarter, but the Hawks kicked 16 of the last 17 goals – keeping Melbourne goalless in the second and third terms – to thump them by 67 points. Luke Breust slotted a game-high four goals, while Liam Shiels was relentless in the wet with 31 disposals and 14 tackles.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R4, 2018, Hawthorn 18.7 (115) d Melbourne 6.12 (48) at the MCG
R7, 2017, Hawthorn 14.10 (94) d Melbourne 14.7 (91) at the MCG
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
Thommo’s Tip: Hawks by 50 points (a man can dream!)
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