Where and when: MCG, 1:45pm (AEST)
Last time they met: R9 2020: Carlton 9.4 (58) DEF BY Hawthorn 14.5 (89) at Optus Stadium (boy last year was a crazy year!)
Scoreless, five goals behind and on the cusp on a fifth straight defeat after just 15 minutes. At that point, damage control might have been on Alastair Clarkson’s mind – not the prospect of a stunning turnaround and 31-point win over Carlton. But the remarkable comeback, inspired by nine of the next 10 goals, helped the Hawks finally kickstart a lagging season with a rousing 14.5 (89) to 9.4 (58) win. Tom Mitchell (28 disposals, eight tackles) and James Worpel (20 disposals, five tackles) were at the heartbeat of the seismic shift in momentum, with their work at the coal face consistently putting Hawthorn on the front foot after quarter-time. Patrick Cripps (27 disposals, eight clearances) was prominent early, but like most of his Carlton teammates his influence faded the longer the match went as his side’s growing finals chances suffered an untimely and regrettable blow.
Match Preview: In a battle of the 2 Tassie-aligned teams, will we get a sell out crowd? I tipped the Roos last week on the back of their performance the week before against the Dees only to be disappointed. Jeff Kennett reckons the Hawks are a couple of years away from having a competitive side again which may well be true but I reckon the cattle they’ll bring to this game will be more than enough to take care of today’s opposition.
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