The second game on Sunday’s slate sees GWS host Hawthorn at Giants Stadium. Both clubs are struggling with just four wins this season, but there is a golden opportunity for both sides in this clash.
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GWS vs Hawthorn Preview & Betting Tips
Giants Stadium, Sunday, July 3, 3:20 PM AEST
Injuries: Leek Aleer, Ryan Angwin, Jack Buckley, Finn Callaghan, Brent Daniels, Matt de Boer, Josh Fahey, Matt Flynn, Bobby Hill, Jacob Hopper, James Peatling, Harry Perryman, Connor Stone
There are no new injuries for the Giants, which was a rarity in another season of injuries for GWS. Jacob Hopper, James Peatling and Matt Flynn are all set to return in two weeks. Ruckman Braydon Pruess is available for selection after missing out on suspension last week, and should return to provide the much-needed ruck presence.
The Giants were brave in an 11 point defeat to Collingwood in round 15, but the weight of the numbers was just too heavy to overcome. Collingwood had 33 scoring shots against GWS’ 17, and the Giants lost key facets of the game, with -13 possessions contested, -12 within the 50s and -9 evictions.
The Giants’ pressure play has improved under Mark McVeigh to become number two in the AFL. Pressure from GWS will be a huge factor in this clash as Hawthorn is in the top five in the AFL for clangers and seventeenth for evictions. GWS should be able to gain some serious ascendancy in the territory battle and play the game in their front half.
Injuries: Tyler Brockman, Connor Downie, Sam Frost, Jack Gunston, Max Lynch, Ben McEvoy, Seamus Mitchell
Jack Gunston (ankle), Will Day (health and safety protocols) and Chad Wingard (calf) are ready to return to a Hawthorn outfit that has lost four games in a row. The Hawks came through last week with a clean bill of health, meaning Sam Mitchell will have a lot of flexibility this week when it comes to picking the 22.
Hawthorn kicked five of the first six goals in a red-hot start against the Bulldogs last Friday, before conceding thirteen consecutive goals, which was the catalyst in a 43-point loss. The Hawks have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen to 15th on the ladder after a promising start to the season.
In that nine-game run, the Hawks conceded over 90 points eight times and over 100 six times. Hawthorn is the third worst defense in the AFL in 2022, with an average score of 97 points per game. GWS has averaged 103 points per game since Mark McVeigh took over as coach, scoring more than 95 points in four of their five games.
Hawthorn should see a boost in their offensive play with Gunston returning to provide support for Mitch Lewis who has put in a struggling Hawks attack. But with the Hawks midfield struggling to win clearances and losing the clearance battle in seven of their last ten games, their forwards just can’t get enough service.
GWS’s power for the ball will put a struggling Hawthorn defense in trouble, and with the offer they’ll be getting from their midfield, it’s going to be too much for the Hawks to win. GWS is 4-0 against Hawthorn at Giants Stadium and the Hawks have lost eight of their last nine games by an average margin of 28 points, so the -11.5 line is the way to go in this game.
$2.00 (1.5 units)
Harry Himmelberg’s move to defense was a masterstroke, with Himmelberg producing 21, 37, 23 and 30 elimination feats since he went back. Himmelberg had to squeeze a hit into the ruck last week and still managed to record 30 touches, with Preuss likely back on the side, Himmelburg’s role being even more conducive to collecting the footy.
Harrison Himmelberg 25+ Divestments, $2.20 at Ladbrokes
Stephen Coniglio is another giant who has had a massive revival with the change of coach, with four 30+ removals in his last five games. Coniglio has averaged 31 disposals per game since McVeigh took over with his re-entry as a full-time midfielder who has paid huge profits for GWS.
Stephen Coniglio 30+ Divestments, $2.35 at Ladbrokes
Dylan Moore has been one of the most consistent Hawks players this season, scoring 21 goals from 14 games. More has scored multiple goals in his last two matches and has scored 2+ goals in seven matches in 2022. another long one to create crumb opportunities for him this week.
Dylan Moore 2+ goals, $2.35 with Ladbrokes