How to watch GWS Giants vs Hawthorn Hawks AFL live and match preview
GWS need to break an MCG duck against Hawthorn on Sunday to keep their finals hopes alive.
GWS vs Hawthorn takes the Giants back to the MCG for only the second time since the club's humiliating grand final thrashing from Richmond in 2019. GWS need to continue winning to keep their 2021 finals prospects firmly alive.
In their last trip out at the MCG, the Giants scored an impressive 30-point win over Collingwood. It was just their fifth win out of 21 starts at the ground.
Hawthorn have named a debutant for the third consecutive game, selecting highly rated West Australian youngster Denver Grainger-Barras. The Hawks took him with pick 6 in last year's draft.
While it's game 1 for 19-year-old Grainger-Barrass, his 38-year-old teammate Shaun Burgoyne will become just the fifth player in VFL/AFL history to play 399 games. To give that some context, the Giants are playing game 218 in their history.
GWS vs Hawthorn start time
The opening bounce is at 1:10pm AEST at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 27 June.
How to watch GWS vs Hawthorn live
Channel 7 and Foxtel share the rights to AFL matches in Australia and the broadcasts vary across the country. As mentioned above this game is on free-to-air TV in NSW and the nation's capital. Anywhere else in the country you need access to either Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.
Stream Giants vs Hawks on Kayo Sports
You can watch GWS vs Hawthorn for no cost using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.
Kayo also has a wide range of special features to add to your viewing experience. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Other features include Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and more.
Kayo is compatible with Macs and PCs, plus iOS and Android devices, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Telstra TV, Sony Bravia TV, Hisense Smart TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later).
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Giants vs Hawks match preview
How the Hawks would love to go back to the days when they dined on the Giants for fun. Hawthorn won the first 3 outings between the teams by an average of 84 points. GWS have slowly worked towards squaring the ledger though and after 10 games the record sits at 5 wins to the Hawks, 4 to GWS and 1 draw.
The Giants have never beaten Hawthorn at the MCG but the 2021 Hawks aren't a shadow on Hawthorn teams of recent years. There's just too much on the line for GWS in this match.
That includes finals and at least external pressure on coach Leon Cameron to get the best out of his talented list. The Giants by 30.
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