The second game for the AFL NAB challenge on Thursday is between Hawthorn hawks and Brisbane Lions. Open bounce is set to start at 7:10 pm AEDT with games to be played Etihad Stadium. Favorite for the fight are the home team Hawthorn hawks. Check out our preview and team for the duel between Hawthorn hawks and Brisbane Lions.
The reigning premiers Brisbane sex a shorthanded page 126 points at the beginning of the preseason. It will not be as bad as that, Hawthorn has a flawless body and will be too strong for lions. Under the new trainer Justin Leppitsch Lions showed strong signs since Hawthorn lost.
Australian Football League (AFL) Hawthorn vs Brisbane Match will begin March 22, 2014 Aurora Stadium 4: 40 PM (AEDT).
But now, the hawks in a different League to many teams.Hawthorn is one of the best teams in the League over the last three or four years, so it comes as little surprise that they recently between the two sides are heavy for the hawks.
In round 14 encounter last year, the only between Hawthorn and Brisbane in years, so the hawks a convincing 58 point winners. It was the fourth win in a row against The Hawthorns Lions, who do not have beaten the hawks since round 12, 2009.
The average winning margin over Brisbane in the last four meetings against Hawthorn is 60 points.First of two unfurling in the Premiership flag for the hawks in a place they love, 29 40 everything up and their last seven on the trot, the shape like a daunting coaching debut for new Lions boss Justin Leppitsch against the hawks, whose brilliant form for the season has won.
Lions best hope of shooting an upset is to get on top in the midfield and dominated in the 1950s, when the hawks do you see along back with several big names missing. A point of interest will be how the hawks structure without Lance Franklin, although they are good without him has done in the past.
The defending champions are now faced with the reality of life without Franklin, find a way to replace the 60 targets per season, he has made, and learn about the sum of the Hawks parts are able to repeat the success of 2013.
The hawks moved to shore up ruck position by trade midfielder Shane Savage to St Kilda for Ben McEvoy.
Do not expect big changes of coach Alistair Clarkson map precision passing game that earned the Club flag.
Again, veterans as Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge and Shaun Burgoyne are important, but equally crucial will be whether players like Jack Gunston and Isaac Smith can step up their performance again.
While Sangeeta Roughead is the new leader of the front line, has in the past given every indication, Gunston Crow he is a star in the making.
Now, with the Franklin-size hole to fill, he will be asked to an even greater load, along with high David Hale.
The burden of proof is champions means that the hawks have second toughest draw in the League.
They will play Collingwood, starting from Moorabbin, Fremantle, Geelong, Gold Coast twice, but the team is good enough to overcome the timetable.
Andrew says: * it’s hard to repeat as AFL champions-it has not happened since the last flag Brisbane in 2003.
The hawks will have some serious challengers and has a list of aging, but even without the number 23, it would be no surprise if Hawthorn at least made it to the Club third straight grand final.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R14, 2013, Hawthorn 21.17 (143) d Brisbane Lions 12.13 (85) at Aurora Stadium
R12, 2012, Hawthorn 19.21 (135) d Brisbane Lions 11.4 (70) at the MCG
R16, 2011, Hawthorn 16.9 (105) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) at Aurora Stadium
R16, 2010, Hawthorn 17.16 (118) d Brisbane Lions 7.1 (43) at Aurora Stadium
R12, 2009, Brisbane Lions 13.15 (93) d Hawthorn 7.9 (51) at Aurora Stadium