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Hawthorn vs Geelong at the MCG - Grand Final Type match Round 21 Saturday 11th August

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  1. Macpotata

    Macpotata Premiership Player

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    Huge. The stakes on the line are massive as each game now heading into September has big implications for the finals and for the four. Clashes between these two are already titanic. For the rivalry, the history, the finals meetings but meetings of the biggest occasion, the Grand Final. Hawthorn will come into this match shocking many this season and shocking many at present as they find themselves in the top 4 as we stand { 3rd place with games to be played }. The Cats ever so gallant in defeat lost to reigning premiers Richmond by less than a kick, in a game that what was there for the taking when Ablett missed the chance to snatch victory at the death. Geelong simply can't afford to lose as at the conclusion of todays round 20 they will find themselves a game outside the top 8. They're in a log jam with many others not only vying for a top 4 birth, but fighting for the right to take place in September finals action. Victory for the Hawks would retain their place in the 4 and they'd fancy their chances after already eclipsing the Cats in a round 2 Easter Monday Blockbuster where they came up trumps by a solitary point.

    There have been various classics in the last 3 decades between the two powerhouse clubs. The classic Grand Final of 1989 where Gary Ablett booted 9 goals in a losing side and Dermott Brereton played on after sustaining broken ribs. The Hawks led by 6 goals at 3qtr time only for Ablett and Geelong to go off in the final term falling short by just 6 points 21.18 to 21.12, with Ablett winning the Norm Smith medal. The other famous Grand Final meeting occurred in 2008 where the highly fancied Cats went into the match dropping only one game all season. The Hawks finished second on the ladder and fell short in their only home and away meeting that year and came into the decider with red hot form smashing the Western Bulldogs and St.Kilda in the preliminary. If there was one thing that optimised Hawthorn that day, it was this tackle from Cyril Rioli



    They simply wanted it more and had a deep insatiable hunger. They weren't going to be denied. Strangely enough after that Grand Final defeat Geelong went on to own the Hawks for a very long time it seemed with many classic encounters and many close games. Bartel's goal in 2009 after a 4 goal last quarter deficit missing several stars, Tom Hawkins goal after the siren in a game where the Hawks overcame a 50 point margin only to let it slip again.





    There were several other gripping contests too and there was a qualifying final win for the Cats in 2011. Geelong didn't lose to the Hawks until a famous Friday preliminary night final at the G in 2013 where Travis Varcoe missed a goal in the dying stages. It would have forced extra time. The Hawks broke their '' Kennett Curse '' after trailing by 20 points at 3 quarter time then went on to win the Grand Final against Fremantle.

    We had the Qualifying final in 2016 where Issac Smith famously missed a shot after the siren which would have put the Hawks in a 6th straight prelim



    And strangely enough it was Smith again who missed at the death after the Hawks made a last quarter rally where they were seemingly out of it going into the last change in last years late home and away season encounter. Dangerfield booted 5.6 playing full forward after getting injured in the first quarter.



    On to the upcoming game. It is a contest that will be played with Grand Final like pressure matched with Grand Final like atmosphere with a bumper crowd expected. There is only one game separating the sides and the Hawks should find themselves in 5th place after today with GWS taking on Carlton and Melbourne meeting Gold Coast. Geelong sits just outside the 8 in 9th. Once again the two rivals find themselves playing in a game of significant magnitude not just for themselves in season 2018 but also for others in the pursuit of the holy grail.


    Predictions, crowd tips. margin, players who will shine and match up's your're most looking forward to?
     
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  2. harrythetiger

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    1) can’t believe this isn’t Friday night or at least FTA. Since when did hawthorn v Geelong games disappoint?

    2) I have this game deciding whether the cats make finals (as long as results last night didn’t stuff up my ladder predictor)
     
  3. Fabes

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    Nice work mate. Although just one thing I noticed, Hawks will be 5th after todays games as I suspect both GWS and Melbourne to win, which will take them both to 3rd and 4th on the ladder respectively, pushing the Hawks down to 5th. Cheers
     
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  4. Macpotata

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    cheers mate. FFS guess the short black I'm just having now was needed before I wrote this:thumbsu:
     
  5. gavaniacono

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    Cats will be coughing up fur balls and leaving traces of vomit on the kitchen floor after being unable to digest the reality of losing to a mediocre RFC THREE TIMES IN A ROW!

    Hawks going along nicely.

    It's the Genius Clarkson up against the Pantomimic Scott, and as much as I like imaginary tales and poor acting, I'm sticking with Alistair.
     
  6. Pharaoh

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    Great opening post! I expect a mouth watering and heart stopping game.
     
  7. Blackhawk42

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    Just going to add this ;)



    Edit: Holy shit, Stratton's spoil running back with the flight with 10 seconds to go. That's why we love this man.
     
  8. mcgarnacle

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    interestingly, based on my fixed groupings of teams for a transparent season schedule and maintaining/strengthening historic & regional rivalries, i have Essendon - Geelong - Hawthorn - North Melbourne - Western Bulldogs all in one group. 4 of these teams are currently fighting for just 1 spot possibly, like they would under a system where the group winner automatically qualifies for finals.

    for completeness, my other groups are:
    Carlton - Collingwood - Melbourne - Richmond - St Kilda
    Adelaide - Fremantle - Port Adelaide - West Coast
    Brisbane Lions - Gold Coast - GWSydney - Sydney

    the groupings ensure they always play each other twice, and because each group has its own unique schedule, one team from each group is guaranteed finals qualification. the next four best teams from any group qualify as well.
     
  9. WWSD

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    Both teams are going to be fielding a vastly different line-up compared to Round 2.

    Hawthorn

    IN: Frawley, Miles, Worpel, Ceglar, Morrison, Whitecross

    OUT: McEvoy, Sicily, Howe, Duryea, O’Brien, Rioli (retired)

    Geelong

    IN: Duncan, Henderson, S.Selwood, Jones, Abbott

    OUT: Cockatoo, O’Connor, Gregson, Parsons, Z.Guthrie

    I’d the say the Hawks are significantly weaker now with some key outs. McEvoy was arguably the difference in Round 2. Without him Geelong has the edge going into this game. In the midfield Geelong have more depth.

    Gunston and Breust are both in good form at the right time. If Tom Stewart was to miss, not sure Geelong have a suitable match-up for Gunston.

    Hawkins is in career best form. I think Frawley is certain to go to him, Brand on Abbott and Stratton on Menzel.

    Hawthorn has the firepower and goal kicking spread to kick a winning score but Geelong has the edge in the midfield. All indications are pointing towards another close game.
     
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  10. Strange Cat

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    You’re an idiot
     
  11. gavaniacono

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    You're easily upset.
     

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  12. Strange Cat

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    And you’re a child who can’t have a mature conversation about a game that doesn’t involve your team
     
  13. gavaniacono

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    As long as you clean up your mess and allow free speech, I'll forgive you.

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  14. thecatattack

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    Don't like Hawthorn but I ******* love playing them.

    This Saturday will be HUGE.
     
  15. JackFlash

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    There are more than a few rumblings about Geelong's precarious position down at the cattery. it's still a matter of wait and see, but if they lose to the Hawks and miss the finals, it hits the fan big time down there! Trade week will be a busy one!
     
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    For our sake... GO HAWKS!!

    Should be a belter.
     
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  17. DrEvil_

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    I think you are ok with any result as North can chase down either team by winning your last three.
     
  18. funk44

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    AFL desperately wants to implement major rule changes so bigger games have been pushed to less favourable time slots so Gil and co can point to 'falling ratings' as the catalyst
     
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    It will be another nail biter. Always look forward to this game. Another huge test for the Hawks to see where they’re at. If the Cats play like they did against Richmond we could be in trouble particularly still without McEvoy and Sicily.
     
  20. Sttew

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    Stewart no certainty, and not sure if Stanley is injured or was out with illness. Either way another game to be decided by a kick, IMO
     
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  21. Orange Agent

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    Same thread gets made every week just insert different team names. OP is starting to sound a lot like Eddie McGuire. Just waiting for the one titled 'What a big week its been in football'.
     
  22. threesixpio

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    Awesome games hey? Most Hawks supporters have a very healthy respect for the Cats - as do I. What's the bet that its decided in the last couple of seconds again. Bloody hell.
     
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    Thanks for your constructive contribution :huh:
     
  24. 00VicWard001

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    Free speech? I just call it flagging your own stupidity.
     
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  25. Off The Couch

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    Next game in the hawks “easy” run home :rolleyes:

    Regardless of ladder position you would think the cats would have the edge, if the hawks continue with their game plan of kicking it long which plays right into the cats hands. The cats form has also been more consistent unlike the hawks who seem to win the ones they aren’t expected to and then drop the ones they should of won. Would also not want to give them the head start that we seem to have persistently done this year and the lapses in the game will also prove costly. Midfield battle will be a good one with the hawks finally starting to gel and winning some clearances - would be a bonus if Stewart is still out.

    I expect it will be another heart stopper or a complete blowout, there’s never anything in between and the cats coming off a loss, keen for redemption should get the chocolates
     
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