Sunday, February 28, 2021

Scratch match live, Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn practice match, live updates, team line-ups, SuperCoach, news

Bulldogs rookie Lachie McNeil and Hawks recruit Tom Phillips put in notable performances in Wednesday's scratch match.

With the 2021 season less than a month away, AFL clubs are getting into fighting shape with a series of scratch matches.

It kicks off this morning with the Western Bulldogs facing Hawthorn at the Whitten Oval.

The match is being held behind closed doors and only streamed to club members, but’s live blog will have updates and info from at the ground. Follow LIVE below!

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A number of the Bulldogs’ biggest names aren’t in action, with recruit Adam Treloar recovering from another soft tissue injury setback that could see him miss Round 1’s clash with Collingwood.

No.1 draft pick Jamarra Ugle-Hagan is playing in a reserves game instead, while Aaron Naughton (corkie) and Jack Macrae ran with a modified group on Wednesday morning instead of featuring in the practice match.

Lachlan McNeil, a rookie draft pick from the SANFL, made an impressive start at high half-forward.

Ruck recruit Stefan Martin stayed in the middle for the Bulldogs while Tim English spent most of his game up forward.

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Hawthorn has its own injury concerns with Chad Wingard suffering a calf setback in last week’s intraclub, and misses today along with Jack Scrimshaw (knee).

Tom Mitchell (shoulder reconstruction) is still recovering from off-season surgery while James Sicily (ACL) and Jack Gunston (back) are in the rehab group.

Off-season recruit Tom Phillips was sent into the guts of the midfield in the first quarter.

Hawks fans were left impressed by the performances of young duo Connor Downie (national draft pick 35 from Next Generation Academy) and Tyler Brockman (pick 46).

New Hawthorn captain Ben McEvoy was played purely as a ruckman with Jon Ceglar pushing forward and filling in for McEvoy when he rested.

The first 50-metre penalty for a man-on-the-mark infringement was paid in the final term with Marcus Bontempelli moving as James Cousins went to kick. The Hawk went on to goal.

WESTERN BULLDOGS – Scratch match team

3. Mitch Wallis

4. Marcus Bontempelli

5. Josh Dunkley

6. Bailey Smith

7. Lachie Hunter

8. Stefan Martin

9. Hayden Crozier

14. Rhylee West

17. Josh Bruce

21. Tom Liberatore

23. Laitham Vandermeer

25. Anthony Scott

27. Patrick Lipinski

30. Lachlan McNeil

31. Bailey Dale

32. Will Hayes

34. Bailey Williams

35. Caleb Daniel

39. Jason Johannisen

42. Alex Keath

43. Ryan Gardner

44. Tim English

46. Lin Jong

Notables in reserves game

12. Zaine Cordy

13. Josh Schache

15. Taylor Duryea

19. Cody Weightman

20. Ed Richards

22. Jamarra Ugle-Hagan

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