How loss of O’Meara could hurt Hawks’ midfield dynamic

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Hawthorn champion Terry Wallace is concerned that his former club could get over-run through the midfield, after star on-baller Jaeger O’Meara was ruled out of tomorrow night’s Semi-Final clash against Melbourne.

In a bitter blow for the Hawks on the eve of their do-or-die encounter, O’Meara was ruled out after sustaining a knock to his knee in the lead up to the match.

Wallace believes if the Demons can quell the influence of speedster Isaac Smith, Hawthorn’s lack of midfield depth could be exposed.

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“O’Meara’s the one who really hurts,” Wallace told The Match Committee.

“They just don’t bat deep through the middle of the ground.

“It does make me get the sense that if you went after Isaac Smith now, where would Hawthorn’s run come from with no O’Meara through the lines.

“If Smith had a moderate day, it would be interesting to see how that plays out.”

The former Sun has enjoyed a relatively injury-free campaign, missing just two home-and-away matches.

O’Meara was one of Hawthorn’s best in their Qualifying Final loss to Richmond, collecting 29 disposals and eight clearances.

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