Jordan Lewis is expected to return for the Hawks. Picture: Getty Images/theaustralian.com.au
Hawthorn v West Coast
Saturday June 7 – 1:40 PM (AEST)
West Coast: LLWLL
A host of Hawks are set to return to AFL footy when Hawthorn and West Coast clash in Tasmania on Saturday afternoon.
Hawthorn lost their spot at the top of the premiership market this week after their lacklustre performance against the Giants on Sunday. Just about everyone was expecting a triple figure hiding, but the premiers struggled and were lucky to emerge as 7-point winners. This weekend a host a big names are expected to return; just which ones remains to be seen. Jordan Lewis and Ben Stratton were late withdrawals from Sunday’s clash with GWS due to adductor complaints, while Ben McEvoy missed it because of a corked hamstring. All three players are expected to take the field in Launceston, however midfielder Cyril Rioli, who is battling a hamstring problem of his own, could face another week on the sidelines as a precaution.
West Coast were fairing reasonably well before their bye in round nine, but back-to-back losses to fellow top eight contenders Collingwood and North Melbourne have seen the Eagles drop down to eleventh on the ladder. After racking up 11 goals in the clash against GWS in round eight, Josh Kennedy has struggled to kick straight since and he is set to be sidelined after sustaining a fractured cheek bone in last week’s loss to the Kangaroos. Xavier Ellis and Brad Sheppard are also expected to sit out this weekend’s fixture, but coach Adam Simpson will relish the return of experienced skipper Darren Glass, who was a noticeable absence in the Eagle’s midfield last week.
Despite putting in reasonable performances this year, West Coast has failed to impress thus far. All four of their victories this season have come against opponents currently occupying four of the five bottom spots on the ladder. With Hawthorn profiting from a number of big name stars returning, a victory to the Hawks is well and truly on the cards.