RARING TO GO: Tom Hawkins of the Cats is back from suspension to face the Bulldogs.
RARING TO GO: Tom Hawkins of the Cats is back from suspension to face the Bulldogs. JULIAN SMITH

Hawkins back from ban to boost Geelong

WHILE the focus will be on the midfield battle, Geelong hopes to have an edge in attack when the Cats take on the Bulldogs in an Etihad Stadium blockbuster tomorrow night.

The second-placed Cats will welcome back spearhead Tom Hawkins from suspension, while remaining hopeful last week’s four-goal hero Daniel Menzel comes up after twisting his ankle on the synthetic turf over the boundary line at Docklands in the big win over North Melbourne.

“We’re a lot more optimistic than we were,” Cats coach Chris Scott said. “He’s worked really hard to get it right.”

Key backman Marcus Adams (ankle) will return for the fourth-placed Dogs, but they will again be without star intercept marker Easton Wood (hamstring), and fellow halfbacks Jason Johannisen (hamstring) and Robert Murphy (knee).

The Bulldogs and Geelong have the league’s second and third-most miserly defences, respectively, behind Sydney, with veteran Cats Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan, Lachie Henderson aiming to quell the impact of Jack Redpath, Jake Stringer and Tory Dickson, who kicked nine goals between them in the narrow win over Port.


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