When the frenzied media speculation on the future of free agent Stephan Coniglio ended abruptly with his re-signing at GWS, Hawthorn largely receded from the spotlight for the 2019 trade and draft period.
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Hawthorn meet North Melbourne in what is surely a must-win game for both clubs. We’ll have live scores from 2.10pm AEST.
The Aurora Stadium clash pits the two part-time Tasmanian teams together for the first time since the Kangaroos commenced playing games in Hobart.
However, the real tension will surround the implications for each team’s September aspirations.
The Hawks will go into the game fired up after a disappointing effort against Richmond last week.
They went down to the Tigers in an upset 62-point loss. It was clearly a day to forget: five Richmond players had 27 touches or more, no Hawthorn players did.
The club are now sitting in eighth place with five wins and four losses.
The Roos, meanwhile, face a huge test in terms of their ability to make the finals.
After a horror loss to Port Adelaide two weeks ago, they bounced back last week against the Brisbane Lions, winning by 16 points. The Lions worryingly kicked nine of the last 11 goals of the match.
Todd Goldstein was the individual standout with 28 touches and 47 hitouts.
North are now in 11th place with four wins to their name. Another loss could potentially be a fatal blow.
This game will also serve as another opportunity for the club to prove it can indeed take the “big scalps”, something it has failed to do in the past prior to beating Geelong earlier this season.
Hawthorn are the only team making a change, with Bradley Hill coming in for Stephen Gilham.