Easter Monday Treat

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Geelong has a good record against Hawthorn at the MCG. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Colleen Petch/Herald Sun

GEELONG v HAWTHORN
MCG
Monday April 21, 3:20pm (AEST)

Key injuries
Mitch Brown (ankle) - test
Allen Christensen (back) - 5-6 weeks
Shane Kersten (knee) - 6-7 weeks
Andrew Mackie (hamstring) - test
Steven Motlop (knee) - 1-2 weeks
Nathan Vardy (knee) - season

Jed Anderson (shoulder) - 1 week
Ben McEvoy (calf) - test
Brad Sewell (hamstring) - 1 week
Liam Shiels (AC joint) - 3-4 weeks
Matt Spangher (ankle) - 3-4 weeks

Last 5 games (includes 2013 season)
Geelong
L 5 Hawthorn
W 38 Adelaide
W 25 Brisbane Lions
W 11 Collingwood
W 75 West Coast

Hawthorn
W 15 Fremantle
W 48 Brisbane Lions
W 4 Essendon
W 58 Fremantle
W 99 Gold Coast

Last 5 between clubs
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Geelong welcomes Hawthorn to the MCG on Easter Monday in a top-of-the-table blockbuster between two of the AFL’s heavyweights. Currently sitting one and two, neither side has tasted defeat in the first four rounds and both teams will be keen to maintain 100% record at the opponent’s expense.

Geelong has home ground advantage (although the Cattery would've been better) and with the game kicking off on Easter Monday afternoon, the MCG at full-capacity is surely an aid for the irresistible Cats. Geelong coach Chris Scott will be sweating on the fitness of star defender Andrew Mackie, who is struggling with a hamstring problem. Mackie has been a notable absentee from training sessions this week and remains doubtful, after sustaining the setback against West Coast on the weekend.

Sitting pretty on top of the table and undefeated since round 19 last season, Hawthorn is thriving since the departure of Lance Franklin. That may be due to a good run on the injury front, with Matt Spangher the sole patient in the casualty ward after from the 99-point thrashing of the Suns. Even Spangher’s injury won’t leave coach Alastair Clarkson scratching his head, with a handful of talented defenders including Ben Stratton and Brian Lake pushing hard for AFL recalls.

Monday’s epic will be the 20th game between the two sides at the MCG, and as history suggests, the home advantage could prove to be crucial. Hawthorn has only tasted victory there five times compared to Geelong’s 14. 

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