GWS Giants v Hawthorn Hawks: AFL preview, news and how to watch live

All you need to know in the lead up to Sunday’s clash (3 July), GWS Giants v Hawthorn, including news updates, past history plus when and how to watch live on Kayo.

The Giants won by 34 last time they played Hawthorn at home. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
The Giants won by 34 last time they played Hawthorn at home. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Two sides on the rebuild journey meet at Giants Stadium on Sunday 3 July.

Watch live here on Kayo and scroll down to catch up on the latest news.

Giants v Hawks preview

Finals are out of the question for both the Giants (14th) and Hawks (15th) – and as is often the case in AFL – rebuild is the optimal word for these two clubs, who not so long ago were in the mix for finals.

GWS defied all pundits to grab a spot in the top eight last season – and win a final – while Hawthorn went 10 straight seasons (2007-2016) with one missed finals appearance under recently farewelled coach Alastair Clarkson plus snared four premierships.

Hawks’ great Sam Mitchell has now taken the reins for the anticipated journey back to the promised land.

The Giants farewelled long-term coach Leon Cameron a month ago, with the club at a crossroads in its short 11-year history, and former Bomber Mark McVeigh taking over as caretaker.

Making a fair fist in his first five games at the helm. The Giants comfortably defeated cellar dweller West Coast and North Melbourne, with three losses not exceeding 20 points against Brisbane (3rd), Western Bulldogs (8th) and Collingwood (7th).

Mark McVeigh speaking to his troops last week. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images
Mark McVeigh speaking to his troops last week. Picture: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images

Ruckman Braydon Preuss was flagged as a possible in but missed a spot. A solid VFL performance by Josh Ward sees him earn a bench spot. Both teams have four wins for the campaign.

What time is Giants v Hawks?

The game starts at 3.20pm (AEST), 2.50pm (ACST) and 1.20pm (AWST) on Sunday 3 July.

Where is it being played?

GIANTS Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park.

How do I watch the game?

The game will be broadcast live on Kayo as part of its AFL coverage. Not only can you catch the LIVE fixture and also the replay, but if you miss the action, you can catch up with Kayo Minis and Kayo Bites.

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What AFL news do I need to know before Sunday?

CODESports has the latest news and analysis from around the AFL.

INCLUDING a PAUL AMY feature on how a British teen commentator is the talk of the VFL, all you need to know about Wednesday’s AFLW draft and a rare public update from Alastair Clarkson on his future.

History between the Giants and Hawks

The Giants’ won their last meeting at GIANTS Stadium, 83-49 in 2020, but that is their only win of the past four.

Josh Ward could grab a spot for Hawthorn on Sunday. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Josh Ward could grab a spot for Hawthorn on Sunday. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Team Lists

All the ins and outs for Sunday:

GWS Giants

B: Kennedy, Taylor, Cumming

HB: Whitfield, Davis, Idun

C: Bruhn, Green, O’Halloran

HF: Taranto, Himmelberg, Riccardi

F: Lloyd, Hogan, Greene

FOLL: Flynn, Kelly, Coniglio

I/C (from): Ward, Haynes, Ash, Wehr, Brown, Derksen, Sproule, Keeffe

IN: Flynn, Derksen, Sproule

OUT: Nil

Hawthorn

B: Blanck, Scrimshaw, Day

HB: Impey, Sicily, Hardwick

C: Bramble, Mitchell, Morrison

HF: Butler, Lewis, Moore

F: Breust, Koschitzke, Macdonald

FOLL: Reeves, Newcombe, O’Meara

I/C (from): Jiath, Nash, Worpel, Gunston, Morris, Maginness, Shiels, Hartigan

IN: Day, Gunston, Maginness, Hartigan

OUT: Howe (omitted)

Live score updates

Keep up to date with the score for when you’re on the move here.

Where can I see more round 16 AFL previews?

Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs

Carlton v St Kilda

Essendon v Sydney Swans

Adelaide Crows v Melbourne

Geelong Cats v North Melbourne

Gold Coast Suns v Collingwood

Richmond v West Coast Eagles

Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Where can I read more AFL?

See the AFL section on CodeSports, or visit the AFL section on your main state news website – Herald Sun / Adelaide Advertiser / Daily Telegraph / Courier Mail