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Five to watch: R21

Last Time We Met: Geelong R2, 2018 Highlights from our epic battle with The Cats in round 2.

Tom Mitchell

Coming up against the star-studded line-up that is Geelong's midfield, Hawthorn's Tom Mitchell will have his work cut out for him this Saturday afternoon at the MCG. The competition's leading ball-getter, Mitchell has thrived against the Cats since pulling on the brown and gold guernsey, averaging 38.3 disposals, 9.3 clearances and 1.3 goals. The Hawks will be hoping the reigning Peter Crimmins Medalist can deliver a performance of this ilk again this weekend. 

Jack Gunston

Potentially because of teammate Luke Breust's outstanding season, the quality of Jack Gunston's year has been somewhat overlooked. With his five-goal haul against Essendon last week, Gunston notched his 40th goal of the season, becoming just one of eight players in the competition to reach that mark. The 26-year old has hit the scoreboard in each of the Hawks' last seven games, a period in which the club has lost just one game. Gunston figures as important piece to the puzzle if the Hawks are to overcome their arch-nemesis. 

Tom Hawkins

Tom Hawkins is the in-form key-forward of the competition at the moment, having booted 15 goals over the past three weeks. Currently sitting third on the Coleman Medal tally, Hawkins has been an enormous presence for the Cats this season, leading the competition for average marks inside 50 with 3.5 per game. With James Frawley figuring as the likely defender for Hawkins on Saturday, this match-up will be telling in deciding the outcome of this clash. 

Patrick Dangerfield

Patrick Dangerfield has delivered yet another stellar season in 2018. Dangerfield is the only player in the league, averaging at least 25 disposals and one goal per game, highlighting the multiple ways in which he can impact a game. True to form, the 28-year old has averaged 25.5 possessions and 3.5 goals over his last two encounters with the Hawks. The 2016 Brownlow Medalist has proved time and time again that he has an appetite for the big stage, and the stage doesn't get much bigger than a do-or-die clash between Geelong and Hawthorn at the MCG. 

Read: Oppo analysis - Round 21

Joel Selwood

Despite celebrating his 30th birthday a couple of months ago, Joel Selwood isn't showing no signs of slowing down. His disposal average of 27.5 per game rates as his second-highest of his past eight seasons. The Cats captain remains an integral part of his side's line-up and, in his 25th game against the Hawks this Saturday afternoon, remains one that the Hawks will be keeping a close eye on. 

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