The fifth game on Saturday for AFL Round 22 is between Hawthorn Hawks and Geelong Cats. The game is set to commence at 7:40 PM with the game to be played at MCG. The favourite for the match is home team Hawthorn Hawks. View our preview and teams for the game between Hawthorn Hawks and Geelong Cats.
Round: Round 22 , August 23, 2014, 7:40 PM
Weather: 19° Mostly sunny.
THESE great rivals will likely meet again in a fortnight in a qualifying final, which raises the prospect of both coaches holding certain tactics back until then. The Hawks will be better for the return of Jarryd Roughead, while key Cat Steve Johnson is unlikely and Jimmy Bartel’s no certain starter. The Hawks need to rediscover the run and midfield grunt largely missing against Fremantle last week, while for the Geelong this is the opportunity to show it belongs in premierships discussions with Hawthorn and the Swans. Expect another game replete with drama and momentum swings, as is usually the case when these clubs meet.
B Brian Lake, Josh Gibson, Matthew Suckling
HB Shaun Burgoyne, Ben Stratton, Grant Birchall
C Bradley Hill, Sam Mitchell, Isaac Smith
HF Luke Hodge, Jarryd Roughead, Jack Gunston
F Paul Puopolo, David Hale, Luke Breust
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Jordan Lewis, Liam Shiels
I/C Matt Spangher, Will Langford, Brad Sewell, Jonathan Simpkin
EMG Taylor Duryea, Ryan Schoenmakers, Billy Hartung
IN Jarryd Roughead, Jonathon Ceglar, Matt Spangher, Brad Sewell
OUT Ryan Schoenmakers (Omitted), Ben McEvoy (Omitted), Taylor Duryea (Omitted), Tim O’Brien (Omitted)
B Andrew Mackie, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright
HB Harry Taylor, Jared Rivers, Cameron Guthrie
C Mathew Stokes, Joel Selwood, James Kelly
HF Steven Motlop, Mark Blicavs, Travis Varcoe
F Jimmy Bartel, Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen
FOL Hamish McIntosh, Mitch Duncan, Josh Caddy
I/C George Horlin-Smith, Shane Kersten, Jordan Murdoch, Jackson Thurlow
EMG Jed Bews, Mitch Brown, Brad Hartman
IN Jimmy Bartel, Jordan Murdoch
OUT Billie Smedts (Omitted), Jed Bews (Omitted)
Hawthorn have recalled Jonathon Ceglar at the expense of fellow ruckman Ben McEvoy for Saturday night’s round-22 AFL blockbuster against Geelong at the MCG.
The third-placed Hawks, coming off last week’s loss to Fremantle, have made four changes for their clash with their great modern-day rivals.
Star forward Jarryd Roughead and tough onballer Brad Sewell return alongside Ceglar and Matt Spangher, while Ryan Schoenmakers, Tim O’Brien, Taylor Duryea and McEvoy have been axed.
Second-placed Geelong regain Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel and forward Jordan Murdoch, in place of Jed Bews and Billie Smedts.
Collingwood welcome back skipper Scott Pendlebury in one of six changes to their side for Saturday’s game against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium.
Dayne Beams, Ben Reid, Heritier Lumumba, Alan Toovey and Travis Cloke are all out of the side because of injuries and Ben Kennedy has been dropped.
Key forward Jesse White returns for the Magpies, alongside Sam Dwyer, Josh Thomas, Tom Langdon and 19-year-old East Perth recruit Jackson Ramsay who’s on debut.
The Giants lose injured pair Callan Ward and Jonathon Patton.
Port have dropped Tom Logan and Aaron Young for Angus Monfries and Jackson Trengove ahead of Friday night’s clash at Adelaide Oval against Carlton.
The Blues regain Kane Lucas and Blaine Johnson. Nick Holman, 19, is on debut.
Centreman Scott Thompson is one of three inclusions for eighth-placed Adelaide who face sixth-placed North Melbourne in a crucial encounter in Hobart on Saturday.
North have recalled Lachie Hansen and teenager Kayne Turner for suspended pair Daniel Wells and Brent Harvey.
Essendon have dropped Jake Melksham and will be without injured midfielder Dyson Heppell for Saturday’s Etihad Stadium clash with Gold Coast. Forward Jake Carlisle returns for the Bombers.
Gold Coast have dropped Louis Herbert while Charlie Dixon has a thigh injury.
Forward Mark Le Cras is back for West Coast who host Melbourne at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.
Fremantle lose suspended midfield star Nat Fyfe but regain small forward Hayden Ballantyne for Sunday’s game at the Gabba against Brisbane, who are minus Marco Paparone due to a shoulder injury.
The Western Bulldogs have dropped ruckman 2013 All-Australian ruckman Will Minson for Sunday’s match at Etihad Stadium against Sydney who are without injured onballers Craig Bird and Josh Kennedy.
St Kilda have named 196cm forward Spencer White, 19, in their squad for Sunday’s MCG clash with Richmond. Reece Conca, back from suspension, is a possible inclusion for the Tigers.