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Hawthorn had a very interesting 2017, with their season being a tale of two halves. After falling to a horror start, the Hawks reshuffled their magnets and went back to the drawing board. What resulted was a shakeup of roles and a gradual adjustment of their gameplan. The young Hawks combined with the old to give them some respectable wins in the second half of the season, as the team showed promise and hope for the future. They will hope to start off with a win against injury-plagued Collingwood.
The Pies didn’t have the best of seasons either, and Nathan Buckley’s tenure was under continuous scrutiny. While these rumours were allayed somewhat with a contract extension, it would be deluded to think that the coaching seat at Collingwood is anything but red-hot. A combination of poor recruiting, indifferent form and injuries left the Pies out of the finals for the fourth consecutive time since 2013. They will hope to start 2018 on a positive note by beating the Hawks.
Past five meetings
R15, 2017, Hawthorn 18.10 (118) d Collingwood 14.10 (94) at the MCG
R9, 2017, Collingwood 13.12 (90) d Hawthorn 11.6 (72) at the MCG
R23, 2016, Hawthorn 17.10 (112) d Collingwood 17.9 (111) at the MCG
R14, 2015, Hawthorn 15.11 (101) d Collingwood 12.19 (91) at the MCG
R23, 2014, Hawthorn 18.13 (121) d Collingwood 8.8 (56) at the MCG
B: James Frawley, Ben Stratton, Tim O’Brien
HB: Blake Hardwick, James Sicily, Ryan Burton
C: Ricky Henderson, Jaeger O’Meara, Isaac Smith
HF: Jack Gunston, Ryan Schoenmakers, Shaun Burgoyne
F: Paul Puopolo, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust
R: Ben McEvoy, Tom Mitchell, Jarman Impey
INT: Taylor Duryea, Liam Shiels, Daniel Howe, Cyril Rioli
Emer: Brendan Whitecross, Harry Morrison, Marc Pittonet, Conor Glass
B: Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Brayden Maynard
HB: Tom Langdon, Darcy Moore, Jeremy Howe
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Josh Smith
HF: Josh Thomas, Ben Reid, Will Hoskin-Elliott
F: Jaidyn Stephenson, Mason Cox, Ben Crocker
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams
Int: Jack Crisp, Travis Varcoe, Tom Phillips, James Aish
Emg: Chris Mayne, Tim Broomhead, Callum Brown, Brody Mihocek
What will Hawthorn’s gameplan be?
With the new gameplan last year, Hawthorn adopted a hard-slog approach to the contest, locking it in at stoppages and slowing the game down to their terms before switching to their uncontested style of ball transition. This helped counter the lack of pace in their midfield. While they implemented that plan reasonably well, they struggled with winning the contested ball and clearances.
Tom Mitchell waged a lone battle last year, and the Hawks will be excited to see Jaeger O’Meara join the ranks to help him out in the midfield. The addition of Jarman Impey gives Isaac Smith some great help in the run-and-carry department. With Frawley and Stratton back, the likes of Burton get the opportunity to play across a few different areas of the ground. With all these changes and developments over the offseason, it will be interesting to see what sort of game style the Hawks will adopt.
Can Collingwood hold up in the face of injury?
Collingwood’s campaign is not off to a great start, and the season hasn’t even begun. They have ruled out Daniel Wells and Levi Greenwood, who would have added great value to this side. They are also missing some quality in attack, with injuries to Jamie Elliott and Jordan De Goey.
Veteran swingman Tyson Goldsack will also miss the season with a knee injury. This leaves the side quite depleted and will put a lot more pressure on the more experienced players to carry this side through. Their midfield is still oozing with class, but they will need a consistent and collective effort from all areas to get across the line. Whether this happens is another question.
Who is kicking the goals in this game?
Albeit for different reasons, both sides have struggled to kick goals consistently. Collingwood had Jamie Elliott average two goals a game last season, but not many others came to the party. Likewise, Hawthorn had all of their top four goalkickers averaging under two goals a game. In terms of average team goals per game, Hawthorn finished 13th with 12.4 goals and Collingwood finished 11th with 12.6 goals last year.
Hawthorn were efficient in front of goal last season but didn’t get it into their attacking 50 often enough (14th place for inside 50s, 4th for goal efficiency). Collingwood managed to get it into their attacking 50 a lot more but were poor in converting their chances (6th for inside 50s, 14th for goal efficiency).
Hawthorn have started their season with some poor kicking in both their JLT games, and the Pies have struggled to post a decent score as well. Considering that both teams have well-documented issues in scoring, the question is, where will the goals come from?
The Hawks have struggled with their marking and accuracy inside 50, and Jack Gunston is the man who can do the job for them. Lining up for his 150th game, the accurate forward will hope to start his 2018 with a bang and pick up a bag of goals against a weakened defence. Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell loom as key figures as well, as the Hawks look to address the contested ball aspect of their game.