WHEN: Sunday June 17, 1.10pm
WHERE: MCG, VIC
LAST TIME: Hawthorn 16.9 (105) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63), round 16, 2011 at Aurora Stadium
B: Brent Guerra, Josh Gibson, Shaun Burgoyne
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Benjamin Stratton
C: Bradley Hill, Sam Mitchell, Clinton Young
HF: Isaac Smith, Lance Franklin, Luke Breust
F: Cyril Rioli, Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston
Foll: David Hale, Brad Sewell, Liam Shiels
I/C: Shane Savage, Thomas Murphy, Matt Suckling, Kyle Cheney, Paul Puopolo, Cameron Bruce, Derick Wanganeen
In: Thomas Murphy, Kyle Cheney, Cameron Bruce, Derick Wanganeen
Out: Brendan Whitecross (Hip)
New: Derick Wanganeen (Port Magpies)
B: Mitchell Golby, Matt Maguire, Niall McKeever
HB: Josh Drummond, Joel Patfull, Jed Adcock
C: Tom Rockliff, Ryan Lester, Pearce Hanley
HF: Dayne Zorko, Jonathan Brown, Jared Polec
F: James Polkinghorne, Daniel Merrett, Aaron Cornelius
Foll: Ben Hudson, Andrew Raines, Daniel Rich
I/C: Cheynee Stiller, Jack Redden, Ryan Harwood, Patrick Karnezis, Joshua Green, Rohan Bewick, Elliot Yeo
In: Cheynee Stiller, Ryan Harwood, Patrick Karnezis, Elliot Yeo
Out: Ashley McGrath (Knee)
Milestones: Cheynee Stiller – 100 games, Ben Hudson – 150 games
What our experts say:
Hawthorn vs Brisbane
It’s taken until halfway through the season, but Hawthorn is back. As it stands, they’re only a win off spots two through five, and with a decent win against Brisbane they could conceivably rise as high as second.
Brisbane meanwhile caused one of the boilovers of the season, scoring an unlikely two-point home win against West Coast. It was their best win of the past two seasons and while they won’t make the finals this year it showed there’s plenty to like about the Lions going forward.
Just how competitive they can be against Hawthorn remains to be seen though. Lance Franklin is back atop the Coleman Medal and Brad Sewell is back in good touch. It’s going to be a scary sight when Luke Hodge is back at his best.
Hawthorn by 60
SC – Lance Franklin (Haw), Jed Adcock (Bris)
Greater Western Sydney ($15.00) vs. Richmond ($1.02):
Let’s hope #1 pick Jon Patton takes the field as predicted by GWS insiders. This would certainly add some spice to a game that should really roll Richmond’s way. A Cameron/Patton one-two punch up forward would be a formidable task should their potential and progression be realised. The Tigers, now safely at arms length from a top eight position, should chalk up another win. We’ll assess them again when they get near a finals spot and the pressure begins to mount.
Suggested bet: None.