Hawthorn will face Melbourne in its first home game of the season at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks go into the clash with an unchanged line-up following their Round 1 battle with Essendon last weekend.

With plenty happening on and off the field at the MCG, Hawks members and fans are set for an exciting afternoon of football.


Who: Hawthorn v Melbourne 

What: Round 2

When: Saturday 23 March 

Time: 4.35pm AEDT

Where: MCG 

Broadcast: Fox Footy 



How to watch

Want to watch the action at the ground? Purchase your tickets HERE.

Following along at home? The game will be broadcast on Fox Footy and can be streamed through Kayo.

Don’t have Kayo? Click HERE to check out our Hawks on Demand membership and save on 12 months of Kayo.

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Last time we met 

Melbourne (87) defeated Hawthorn (60) in Round 23, 2023 

Hawthorn battled bravely against Melbourne at the 'G, kicking three of the game's first four goals.

The Dees then fought back with three goals to two in the second term to take a narrow two-point lead into the half-time break.

The Hawks would fall further behind in the third quarter before a Dylan Moore major put them within six points at the start of the fourth.

Melbourne then responded strongly to run away as 27-point winners, but it wasn't without struggle.

Midfielder Clayton Oliver was held to just 14 disposals by Finn Maginness while debutant Henry Hustwaite caused headaches for Melbourne's engine room.

It was a gallant effort from the Hawks against a top-four team, especially without star playmaker Jai Newcombe who was sidelined due to injury. 

Our last game 

Essendon (107) defeated Hawthorn (83) in Round 1 

On a sunny afternoon at the MCG, the Hawks came to play against the Bombers.

It was their new faces who made an impact with Massimo D'Ambrosio recording a career-high 29 disposals and Jack Ginnivan kicking two majors to go with his 17 disposals, joining Mabior Chol and Nick Watson in lighting it up inside 50. 

It was an arm wrestle throughout the contest, with the lead changing eight times in the middle quarters alone.

Hawthorn was left to rue its inaccurate kicking in front of goal in the end, going down to the Bombers by 24 points.

What's on?

Gates to the MCG open at 3pm.

Hawks supporters are encouraged to get in early and visit the KFC food truck outside between Gates 2 and 3 for FREE KFC! 

The Hawks then take the field for their warm-up at 3.50pm. The club's new MC will also make their debut around that time!

At 4.23pm, be in your seats and cheer loud and proud as the Hawks run out on the MCG. 

After what is set to be an action-packed first term, witness the KFC bucket catch at quarter-time.

At half-time, you're in control - pick your favourite pump-up song to be played at three-quarter-time. A Skechers special giveaway will also be happening at the main break, so stay tuned.

Then, get around the iiNet LED race at three-quarter-time before cheering on the Hawks in the fourth term. 

See you there! 

Tickets & Membership 

Tickets are available via Ticketek and on game day

Want to jump on board the Hawthorn family for 2024? Check out our membership options HERE to become part of the action this season.

Getting to the game 

Hawks fans are encouraged to plan their trip to the MCG and consider all available travel options to them.

Don’t miss the opening bounce! Check before you travel with multiple public transport and road disruptions over the weekend.


Belgrave and Lilydale lines

  • Buses replace trains between Blackburn and Belgrave/Lilydale stations.

Sunbury Line

  • Buses replace trains between North Melbourne and Sunshine stations.

Werribee and Williamstown lines

  • Buses replace trains between North Melbourne and Newport/Williamstown stations.

Seymour and Shepparton lines

  • Coaches replace trains between Southern Cross and Seymour/Shepparton stations.

Footscray Road

  • Lane closed in both directions between Shepard Bridge and WaterfrontWay.

Ballarat Road, Footscray

  • Closed between Geelong Road and Tiernan Street.

M80 Ring Road, Greensborough

  • Lanes closed overnight between Plenty Road and M80 interchange.

Greensborough Highway, Watsonia

  • Lanes closed on Greensborough Highway between Watsonia Road and Grimshaw Street.

Greensborough Bypass, Greensborough

  • Lanes closed overnight on Greensborough Bypass between M80 interchange and Plenty River Drive.

Dynon Road

  • Closed westbound from Dryburgh Street to the Dynon Road inbound exitramp from CityLink