Where and when: Marvel Stadium at 7:25pm (AEST)
Last time they met: R14 2020: Essendon 13.9 (87) def Hawthorn 10.11 (71) at Adelaide Oval.
It still hurts me to recount this match. The Hawks looked like their circa 2015 selves in the first half and lead by 36 points at half-time. Daniher in his first game back from injury had barely touched leather and all was right with the world.
Then the Bombers started and the Hawks stopped. Daniher sprang to life with second-half goals and Essendon kicked 11 goals to Hawthorn’s 3 goals. Ugly!
Match Preview: With nine players debuting for their new clubs, this will not be a ‘line in the sand’ rematch. Possibly not even a good match to watch considering neither team should feature in September. Weirdly the Hawks were favourites in early markets despite limited preseasons for their star midfielders, perhaps a reaction to their new-look forward line.
Possibly this match is only for the fans!
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