Jarryd Roughead is back for the Hawks after suspension. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/George Salpigtidis
Hawthorn v GWS
Sunday June 1 – 4:40 PM (AEST)
Hawthorn will look to put GWS to the sword when they face at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.
The Giant’s loss to Richmond last week was nothing short of embarrassing. Leon Cameron’s men found themselves on the wrong end of 113-point towelling in front of their home supporters, and that was against toothless Tigers. The young outfit will somehow have to find something within when they host a Hawthorn side coming off back-to-back losses, a streak that hasn’t occurred since Round 5, 2012. There are some positives coming from the club though, with the reserves team notching an incredible 191-point win last week over Gold Coast. Jed Lamb kicked six goals in that match and the performance has subsequently earned him a recall into the first side, along with Tim Mohr and debutant Jake Barrett.
Hawthorn’s defeat to the top-of-the-table Power last week saw them drop to fifth, but there’s little to no doubt they will climb up a few spots and build their percentage in the process. Key forward Jarryd Roughead returns from a one-match ban he picked up against the Swans and he will be licking his lips and searching for some goals, along with fellow Coleman Medal hopeful Luke Breust. Roughead will be a straight swap for ruckman Ben McEvoy, who has failed to recover from a corked leg. Midfielder Alex Woodward continues to knock on the door with solid VFL performances, but has again missed the cut for an AFL debut.
In two meetings with the Giants, Hawthorn have thrashed the competition newcomers by an average of 122 points. It isn’t a case of if Hawthorn will win, but rather by how much. Hawthorn will be out for redemption following consecutive losses and look set to make it three straight 100+ point losses for Leon Cameron’s squad. It would also be a nice tonic for Hawks' coach Alistair Clarkson who is battling a nerve disorder (inflammation in the spinal cord).