So does anyone give the Hawks a sporting chance here in Wildcat territory?

Definitely not our friends at Ladbrokes, who have them pegged as $3.10 outsiders compared to the Cats $1.37. The line sits at +/- 6.5 and the over/under is 174.5 (although slightly tipped to the unders, which are sitting at $1.80).

Having said that Illawarra are generally competitive in the West, and hence hopefully they'll give it a fair shake!