The 2015 AFL Grand Final looks set to be one of the most exciting and entertaining in recent history. Both teams are known for their attractive, high scoring style of football with both teams also being known for their pressure and ability to lock the ball inside their offensive half. They are the top 2 ranked scoring teams in the league and both are in the top 4 for disposals.
West Coast Eagles Recent Form
The Eagles finished 2nd on the ladder at the end of the Home and Away season, earning them a home final against Hawthorn and will go into the match with some confidence after comfortably beating Hawthorn. That win earned them a weeks rest, freshening up their players for last weeks dominant come-from-behind win against the Kangaroos.
West Coast have been coasting along during the finals and apart from a slow start against North Melbourne, they have shown that they are capable of beating anyone.
Key Eagles Players & Norm Smith Medal Winner Tips
Nic Natanui, a notable absentee when Hawthorn defeated West Coast in round 19. Vital ruck work and his ability around the ground is amazing for a player of his size.
Matt Priddis, the 2014 Brownlow Medal winner and this years runner-up. One of the competitions elite midfielders, ranked 1st in total handballs and tackles, 2nd in total clearances and 4th in contested posessions and disposals per game. A real match-winner that Hawthorn would love to stop.
Josh Kennedy, the 2015 Coleman Medal winner and arguably the player who got West Coast going in their come-from-behind win against the Kangaroos last week. If the Hawks cannot contain the AFL’s leading goal scorer, they may not be able to win the match.
Hawthorn Hawks Recent Form
After a solid home and away season, the Hawks dropped a few games they were expected to win and ultimately finished 4th on the ladder, giving them a second chance should they lose their first final.
Despite losing to West Coast in the Qualifying Final at Domain Stadium (Subiaco) in WA, Hawthorn went on to annihilate the Adelaide Crows in week 2 of the finals and comfortably defeat the Fremantle Dockers in the Preliminary Final last week.
After stuttering in the first week of the finals, the Hawks haven’t looked like losing.
Key Hawks Players & Norm Smith Medal Winner Tips
Sam Mitchell, 3rd in this years Brownlow Medal count, Sam Mitchell continues to defy his critics and is still one of the competitions most elite small midfielders. Ranked 1st in disposals and effective disposals per game, 2nd in uncontested posessions and 3rd in total disposals, the Hawks love getting the ball in Mitchell’s hands.
Isaac Smith, one of the real line-breakers that Hawthorn rely on heavily to break the lines and cut through the opposition’s defensive press. Had a poor game in the Qualifying Final after coming back from injury, I think he’s one of the key players that Hawthorn will need to fire in order to win.
James Frawley/Brian Lake, whoever gets the job on Josh Kennedy will have their work cut out for them. Reducing Kennedy’s influence will be almost crucial if they are to win their third straight premiership.
2015 AFL Premiership Tips
Hawthorn have been the dominant side of the competition in recent history, having won the previous two premiership cups in 2013 and in spectacular fashion in 2014. They also came close to winning the 2012 grand final but fell short against the Sydney Swans and came a kick away from earning a place in the 2011 grand final.
The Hawks are looking to make history and become only the second team in the history of the AFL to win three consecutive premierships. They will have to do it the hard way after losing their first final against the Eagles, they will become the first team since the 2006 season to win the grand final after losing a Qualifying Final. Coincidentally, the last team to achieve this feat was the West Coast Eagles.
The Hawks will start as favourites to win the grand final, however I think the game will be much closer than the odds reflect.
Hawthorn easily accounted for Fremantle in last weeks Prelim, however since they lost the first Qualifying Final against the Eagles, they haven’t had a weeks rest like the Eagles and some of their players were sore at training on Tuesday, including key forward Jack Gunston who missed last week, and last years Norm Smith medalist, and Hawks captain, Luke Hodge who appeared to be hampered by a hamstring.
Best Grand Final Winner Betting Odds
Watch the AFL Grand Final Live Stream
The 2015 AFL Premiership Grand Final will be on Free-to-Air TV in Australia. Most pubs and clubs will broadcast the game if you prefer to watch in public. However, if this isn’t possible, you may be able to stream the game live into your home computer or mobile device.
Overseas Visitors: Watch Live Overseas via afl.com.au
Australian Visitors: Watch the Grand Final Live with an AFL.com.au Live Pass
No matter who wins this years AFL premiership or where you watch it from, it should be one hell of a game to watch, and thanks to Victoria’s new premier, we get an extra public holiday to enjoy!
So Good Luck, and Happy Punting!