Earlier this year
Hawks v United Jan 4
On face value, you would think this game would be done and dusted and if Scomo was at the time, he would have plenty of time to shake some hands and give a few hugs.
Bottom of the table Hawks are in season over mode. To make the top 4 they need to win the next ten games straight, plus rely on results. That aint gunna happen, so their role is to be a pest. United thought they would be safe in the top 3, but are in fourth spot and actually face numbing out of the top 4. Better make it a double shot of decaf. organic soy in a Greta friendly cup.
On paper Melbourne have it all over the Hawks. Trimble, Long, CG43. If you were on Tinder you would swipe right. But the Hawks are coming off a win at home over Sydney. Was that a fluke, or should United pack the brown jocks? I think this is very much a brown jock game for United. United are only 3&4 outside the state. Sure they smacked the Hawks in Illawarra in round 11, but the Hawks played a shocker an Melo Trimble & Shaun Long scored at will and took advantage of them. I think they will be a little more prepared this time.
I don't think this game will blow out, but if the Hawks play like they did against Sydney they will get this one.
I think United will rise to the occasion and not even old mate with his beer will put them off. United by 9.