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Two old rivals lock horns in the Friday night lights when the Sydney Swans host the struggling Hawthorn Hawks. Follow along from the SCG right here on The Roar with live scores from 7:50pm (AEST).
Much has changed since these two sides traded premierships in the 2012 and 2014 grand finals, but only one of them looks set to return to those lofty heights anytime soon.
Fuelled by an exciting core of youngsters, the Swans have taken 2021 by storm to rank as one of the year’s big improvers. Sixth on the ladder with an 8-4 record, the top four is well within reach: but equally, they might be only one form slump away from having their top-eight position come under threat.
It took some inaccurate kicking late from opponents St Kilda for the Swans to escape with a 9-point win in Round 12; no doubt the home fans will hope for a less stressful time at the footy against the Hawks.
Alastair Clarkson has achieved just about anything in his time as Hawthorn coach; but it seems not even he can do anything about the Hawks’ slide to near the foot of the ladder. Years of success have left the cupboard bare for young talent, and with Brownlow Medallist Tom Mitchell rumoured to be exploring options elsewhere, things could be about to get worse before they get better.
The Hawks have blooded plenty of youth in recent weeks, with encouraging signs from a few. Key forward Jacob Koschitzke has missed just one game for the season, while ruckman Ned Reeves has shown he could be the long-term replacement for captain Ben McEvoy they have been looking for.
The brown and gold will welcome another debutant this week, with mid-season draftee Jai Newcombe to make an immediate foray into the senior side following weeks of domination in the VFL. Can the ‘newcomer’ inspire the Hawks to an upset win on the road?
Opening bounce: 7:50pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Footy, Channel Seven (VIC/TAS/SA/NT), 7mate (NSW/QLD/WA)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go, 7plus
Betting: Swans $1.17, Hawks $5 (odds via PlayUp)
B: 29 George Hewett, 30 Tom McCartin, 42 Robbie Fox
HB: 34 Jordan Dawson, 24 Dane Rampe (c), 44 Jake Lloyd
C: 27 Justin McInerney, 14 Callum Mills, 7 Harry Cunningham
HF: 11 Tom Papley, 5 Isaac Heeney, 9 Will Hayward
F: 45 Sam Wicks, 23 Lance Franklin, 36 Joel Amartey
FOLL: 31 Tom Hickey, 8 James Rowbottom, 12 Josh Kennedy (c)
INT: 6 Logan McDonald, 13 Oliver Florent, 26 Luke Parker (c), 32 James Bell
EMG: 2 Kaiden Brand, 3 Dylan Stephens, 18 Callum Sinclair, 28 Lewis Taylor
IN: James Bell (R12 medical sub)
OUT: Chad Warner
B: 15 Blake Hardwick, 8 Sam Frost, 4 Jarman Impey
HB: 12 Will Day, 29 Changkuoth Jiath, 23 Tim O’Brien
C: 1 Harry Morrison, 10 Jaeger O’Meara, 21 Tom Phillips
HF: 5 James Worpel, 22 Luke Breust, 20 Chad Wingard
F: 36 Dylan Moore, 37 Ned Reeves, 34 Jacob Koschitzke
FOLL: 7 Ben McEvoy (c), 3 Tom Mitchell, 9 Shaun Burgoyne
INT: 14 Jack Scrimshaw, 17 Daniel Howe, 26 Liam Shiels, 44 Jai Newcombe
EMG: 18 Jonathon Ceglar, 24 James Cousins, 30 Damon Greaves, 35 Josh Morris
IN: Jaeger O’Meara, Will Day, Harry Morrison (R11 medical sub), Jai Newcombe (debut)
OUT: Damon Greaves, James Cousins, Josh Morris, Mitch Lewis