AFL 2009 ROUND 17; GEELONG V HAWTHORN;
MATCH PREVIEW PLUS TV / RADIO BROADCAST DETAILS
By Ben Jensen AFL 2009 ROUND 17 GEELONG CATS V HAWTHORN HAWKS GEELONG host Hawthorn at the MCG in the match of the round. The Hawks, who had a rough trot over May-June but are starting to come good, with two wins over the trot including Premiership pretenders Collingwood. Geelong has recalled 2007 Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel in place of Tom Gillies while Hawthorn have made no changes. Mark Blake remains on the sidelines, and with no VFL action this weekend won't have an opportunity to impress selectors on the field.
Geelong skipper Tom Harley remains out injured, as do fellow Premiership pair Steve Johnson and James Kelly. Johnson's absence will hurt the Cats more than anything however, their most potent forward of the season thus far will now miss his fourth game in a row with a hip injury. Umpires Ray Chamberlain, Scott Jeffery and Shane McInerney will officiate.
The match is to be broadcast on Channel Ten in Victoria on an hour's delay; viewers in all other states except WA will get it live on Ten and affiliates. UK based Geelong fans, in the absence of Setanta, will be able to watch the game live thanks to the AFL / Telstra: http://bigpondtv.com/aflliveuk
Ray Chamberlain (18) Scott Jeffery (29) Shane McInerney (30) EM: Troy
Cats by 19 points
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The odds for Hawthorn are expected to narrow closer to the game, but on the Wednesday the Cats were short priced favourites, paying around $1.20 with the Hawks $4 outsiders.
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AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON 2009, ROUND 17
GEELONG V HAWTHORN
SATURDAY 25 JULY 2009, 14:10 AEST
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AUSTRALIAN TV COVERAGE (LOCAL TIMES)
Melbourne Ten (Delay - 15:00)
Replays on Fox Sports 1; available on Foxtel, Optus and Austar
AFL RADIO COVERAGE
ABC, MMM, SEN, KROCK, LINK
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INTERNATIONAL TV COVERAGE (LOCAL TIMES)
Africa NIL (Blame ESPN)
B: Darren Milburn - Matthew Scarlett - Corey
B: Guerra, Gilham, Murphy
Player (Injury) Onset; Estimated Return; Notes
Jimmy Bartel (hip) - test (named on side)
HAWTHORN INJURY LIST
(knee) - test
AFL 2009, ROUND 1
FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2009, 19:40 AEST, MCG
CATS HOLD OFF HAWKS
IN THRILLER AT MCG
By Ben Jensen HAWTHORN V GEELONG GEELONG held on to defeat a fast finishing Hawthorn side by just eight points at the MCG last night. Many supporters were describing the match as a 'disgrace' rather than a 'thriller' on the ride home, as despite being fourty-one points in front five minutes into the final term, the Hawks caused at least one heart attack of a Geelong supporter as they rammed through six unanswered goals from forward guns Roughead and Franklin to give the Cats a real run for their money in front of nearly seventy thousand people. The encounter was not as spiteful as the list of reports suggested however there was plenty of noise from the crowd, which was overwhelmingly pro-Hawthorn (many of them wearing very new looking gear it must be said).
Hawthorn forwards Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead put on an awesome display of how to play the power forward role in the final quarter, kicking six goals straight between them after earlier on kicking several behinds. Next week Geelong host Richmond at Skilled Stadium while Hawthorn faces Sydney, whose coaching staff including Paul Roos and John Longmire were in force observing their foes. Gary Ablett was simply superb, who had thirty-five posessions and only two 'clangers', although he did add to Geelong's goalkicking woes with one goal two behinds.
GEELONG 4.8 8.16 14.19 15.21 (111) DEFEATED
CROWD: 69,593 at MCG
UMPIRES: McBurney, Wenn, S.Ryan