Hawthorn after losing the 2011 preliminary final to Collingwood (Slattery)

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Hawthorn vs. Collingwood

Melbourne Cricket Ground
2012 AFL Premiership Season March 31, 2012
Hawthorn won by 22 points
Hawthorn  Collingwood
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2101420Goal 271216
161017Behinds 791619
136694137Points 195188115

Two premiership favourites go head to head tonight in a tantalising preliminary final replay between Hawthorn and Collingwood. We’ll have live scores and updates from 7.30pm AEDT.

The last time these teams met, Hawthorn’s 2011 campaign came to a heartbreaking end in a classic final.

Collingwood came from 17 points behind at three quarter time to steal victory by three points and book a date with Geelong in the Grand Final.

Now, they meet again.

The Hawks are favourites this time around, thanks in part to the Pies carrying a slightly different look about them. Nathan Buckley is in charge and there have been some notable personnel changes.

But both teams remain highly rated, and the Hawks went 0-5 against the Pies and Cats last year has been a talking point.

Stopping Travis Cloke will be one of the keys for Hawthorn going into this game. Cloke and Chris Dawes combined for six goals in that preliminary final last year, and it will be up to Josh Gibson and Ryan Schoenmakers to contain them again.

The big news in the midfield was Hawk Luke Hodge’s non-selection, out with injury. This is where the balance may swing back to the Pies.

Dane Swan had a quiet preseason, but you suspect it’ll take him about five minutes to silence any doubts over that. With Scott Pendlebury, Dale Thomas and an in-form Luke Ball, the Pies should win plenty of the footy.

In the ruck, all eyes will be on ex-Brisbane player Broc McCauley, who comes in to replace the injured Max Bailey. Last year he was the No. 4 ruck at the Lions. Now he’s the No. 1 ruck at the premiership favourites. Is this a recipe for disaster?

Lance Franklin has kicked four bags of five goals or more in the nine times he has played Collingwood. With no Chris Tarrant or Nathan Brown, he’s a chance to add another game to that list.

The favouritism may have slowly turned against the Pies over the summer, but to be fair to them, both sides have significant absentees. Stephen Gilham is yet to return to bolster the key defender stocks, Bailey is out and, of course, Hodge is out.

This is looking like a far more even battle than some are predicting.

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Quarter 1
4' BEHIND - Chris Dawes (Collingwood)
7' GOAL - Grant Birchall (Hawthorn)
9' BEHIND - Darren Jolly (Collingwood)
13' BEHIND - Rushed (Collingwood)
14' BEHIND - Michael Osborne (Hawthorn)
16' BEHIND - Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
19' BEHIND - Chris Dawes (Collingwood)
19' GOAL - Heath Shaw (Collingwood)
23' BEHIND - Rushed (Collingwood)
24' GOAL - Shane Savage (Hawthorn)
26' GOAL - Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
28' BEHIND - Alex Fasolo (Collingwood)
Quarter 2
4' GOAL - Brendan Whitecross (Hawthorn)
5' BEHIND - David Hale (Hawthorn)
5' GOAL - Dane Swan (Collingwood)
9' GOAL - Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
11' BEHIND - Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
12' BEHIND - Luke Rounds (Collingwood)
13' GOAL - Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
14' BEHIND - Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
16' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
17' BEHIND - Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
18' BEHIND - Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
20' GOAL - Darren Jolly (Collingwood)
23' GOAL - Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
25' GOAL - Broc McCauley (Hawthorn)
26' GOAL - Alex Fasolo (Collingwood)
28' GOAL - Alex Fasolo (Collingwood)
29' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
31' GOAL - Isaac Smith (Hawthorn)
33' BEHIND - Rushed (Hawthorn)
35' GOAL - Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)
Quarter 3
1' GOAL - Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
2' BEHIND - Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
3' GOAL - Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)
4' GOAL - Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
6' BEHIND - Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
7' GOAL - Brendan Whitecross (Hawthorn)
9' BEHIND - Brent Guerra (Hawthorn)
9' GOAL - Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
11' BEHIND - Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
13' BEHIND - Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
13' BEHIND - Luke Rounds (Collingwood)
15' BEHIND - Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
20' GOAL - Jackson Paine (Collingwood)
20' GOAL - Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
22' BEHIND - Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
22' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
25' BEHIND - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
28' BEHIND - Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
28' GOAL - Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
29' BEHIND - Rushed (Hawthorn)
Quarter 4
2' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
6' GOAL - Darren Jolly (Collingwood)
6' BEHIND - Brad Sewell (Hawthorn)
8' GOAL - Jarryd Blair (Collingwood)
11' GOAL - Dale Thomas (Collingwood)
11' BEHIND - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
14' GOAL - Shane Savage (Hawthorn)
14' BEHIND - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
16' GOAL - Isaac Smith (Hawthorn)
18' BEHIND - Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)
20' BEHIND - Shane Savage (Hawthorn)
20' BEHIND - Brent Guerra (Hawthorn)
21' GOAL - Jack Gunston (Hawthorn)
23' BEHIND - Alex Fasolo (Collingwood)
24' GOAL - Lance Franklin (Hawthorn)
26' GOAL - Michael Osborne (Hawthorn)
29' BEHIND - Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
30' BEHIND - Jack Gunston (Hawthorn)
32' GOAL - Dale Thomas (Collingwood)
34' BEHIND - Jackson Paine (Collingwood)

Michael DiFabrizio is based in Mildura, Victoria. He has been an expert columnist at The Roar since 2009, leading to appearances on ABC News 24 and in the Age. Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelDiFab.

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  • Roar Guru

    The Cattery said | 1:12am | ! Report

    I’m surprised that only 78,464 made it to the game last night, only 200 more than the previous night, you would have thought it would have pushed 85,000 with ease.

    The AFL falls short of reaching 200,000 from the first 3 games of the season.

    • 1:18am
      Nathan of Perth said | 1:18am | ! Report

      Shame, surprised to see such little difference between a thursday and a friday night crowd.

      • 1:18am
        Nathan of Perth said | 1:18am | ! Report

        Of course, MCC and AFL members reserve may have been at fault.

  • Columnist

    Michael DiFabrizio said | 10:36pm | ! Report


    Hawthorn 20.17 (137)
    Collingwood 16.19 (115)

    Well, well, well. What a game. Not really going out on a limb in calling it game of the season (at this stage anyway) but it was a great contest. Fast-paced, frantic, plenty of goals, a ridiculous amount of highlights and, up until very late in the piece, even. For Collingwood, they’ll be wondering what might’ve been had they taken their chances early. I’ve already said this, but Hawthorn made the tough goals look easy, while Collingwood made the easy goals look tough. Pendlebury was comfortably their best. For Hawthorn, it’s their first win over the Pies since Round 22, 2010. They stood up to one of their key rivals and they’ll take plenty of confidence from that. Franklin’s 5 will be talked about, but Rioli stepped up at a really crucial time. Mitchell saw plenty of the pill all night, while Whitecross’s 22 touches and two goals was noteworthy.

    MAJOR BALL WINNERS: Hawthorn: Mitchell 31, Birchall 28, Sewell 26, Suckling 25
    Collingwood: Pendlebury 33, Swan 31, Sidebottom 23, Ball 21

    GOALS: Hawthorn: Franklin 5, Smith 2, Rioli 2, Lewis 2, Whitecross 2, Osborne, Gunston, McCauley, Burgoyne, Birchall, Savage
    Collingwood: Blair 3, Pendlebury 2, Cloke 2, Fasolo 2, Jolly 2, Thomas 2, Swan, Shaw, Paine

    DREAM TEAM LEADERS: Pendlebury (Coll) 132, Franklin (Haw) 130, Mitchell (Haw) 127, Birchall (Haw) 118

  • 10:32pm
    Sibbo said | 10:32pm | ! Report

    Top updates tonight, only way of keeping up with it in London!


  • Roar Guru

    The Cattery said | 10:29pm | ! Report

    good call tonight Michael – let’s a hope a few of the other games come close to this one in quality

    • Columnist

      Michael DiFabrizio said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      Thanks Cattery, was a top game – and to think, next week we could have more of the same considering there’s a Geelong-Hawthorn clash!

  • Roar Guru

    The Cattery said | 10:28pm | ! Report

    that’s it, hawks have the break now late in the game, pies just couldn’t go with them those last few minutes, but congratulations to both teams for a great game of footy tonight, first round, players out on both sides, and they really served it up

  • Columnist

    Michael DiFabrizio said | 10:27pm | ! Report

    Well if Buddy’s goal wasn’t, THAT was a sealer. Osborne, who’s been lively in this final quarter, gets one.

    Hawthorn 20.16 (136)
    Collingwood 15.17 (107)
    Roughly 4min left, 4th quarter

  • Columnist

    Michael DiFabrizio said | 10:24pm | ! Report

    Buddy Franklin running towards the goal square, gets on the end of it and goals. That’s probably the sealer. (Channel Seven’s countdown clock is having issues, coming and going, so we can only guess how long’s left.)

    Hawthorn 19.16 (130)
    Collingwood 15.17 (107)
    6min left, 4th quarter

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