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Hawthorn and Carlton do battle in Round 6 AFL action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:20pm (AEST).
Ding dong the witch is dead and Carlton have finally broken their run of outs with a gutsy Round 5 win against the Western Bulldogs.
Having won less than 10 per cent of their matches over the last eighteen months, it was starting to feel like the Blues would never break their duck in 2019, despite playing and competing well over the first four rounds of the competition.
Brendon Bolton and his coaching staff can now move forward in the knowledge that the hard work, time and energy spent on the youthful squad is beginning to parlay into actual results on the field.
Hawthorn present another opportunity for four competition points today and their scalp would be another significant milestone as the Blues seek to extricate themselves from the lower rungs of the ladder.
The Hawks come into this one with an unchanged line-up and on the back of some good form, with close losses to Geelong and St Kilda following a win against North Melbourne in Round 3.
Alastair Clarkson is also rebuilding his team and the young components of it are living much the same learning curve as some of the inexperienced players at the Blues.
Both clubs appear to have brighter things on the horizon and a win today for either with be another significant step on their developmental roads.
Ben Stratton is a huge in for the Hawks after just missing out last week due to injury. The Blues also welcome back a star with Charlie Curnow returning after a number of weeks on the sideline.
In what looks a battle between the meticulous and strategic approach of the Hawks and the youthful speed and exuberance of the Blues, something of a contrast in styles may play out.
Hawthorn look likely to chip and control whereas the Blues will want to run and play the game at speed.
Clarkson will have prepared his defensive unit to blunt the outside run of Carlton where possible and will be hoping his mids kick accurately and slice the Blues open through the centre of the ground.
It may be tough for the Blues to rebound after an emotional win last week and the Hawks should squeeze home in what could be a low scoring thriller.
Hawthorn by 8 points.
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 3:20pm (AEST).
Where: University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, Tasmania
When: Sunday 28th April 2019, 3:20pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Footy, Kayo Sports
Betting: Hawthorn $1.33 Carlton $3.12
B: Hardwick, Brand, Impey
HB: Scully, Stratton, Gunston
C: Smith, O’Meara, Howe
HF: Puopolo, Lewis, Sicily
F: Breust, Wingard, Roughead
FOLL: McEvoy, Worpel, Henderson
I/C (from): Scrimshaw, Cousins, Morrison, Nash, Shiels, O’Brien, Ceglar, Mirra
B: Thomas, Jones, Marchbank
HB: Newman, Weitering, Plowman
C: Murphy, Cripps, Walsh
HF: Petrevski-Seton, McKay, O’Brien
F: Gibbons, McGovern, E.Curnow
FOLL: Kreuzer, Dow, Fisher
I/C (from): Simpson, Casboult, Cuningham, Silvagni, Garlett, Kennedy, C.Curnow, Polson