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Murphy confirmed as unlucky Hawk

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Real Footy finals: Hawthorn v Sydney

It's the grand final and our expert panel of Caroline Wilson, Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake talk through all the ins and outs ahead of the clash between Hawthorn and Sydney.

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HAWTHORN will enter Saturday's grand final with the Luke Hodge-led team it intended to field last weekend, consigning Tom Murphy to another big-game disappointment.

The return of Hodge from illness for Murphy, who took the captain's place against Adelaide, was the only change made by the Hawks.

He has, however, been named an emergency, alongside fellow defender Kyle Cheney and ruckman Max Bailey.

Unlucky: Hawk Tom Murphy to make way for his skipper.

Unlucky: Hawk Tom Murphy to make way for his skipper. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Sydney has not made any changes to the team that beat Collingwood comfortably last weekend, ensuring forward Mitch Morton's surprise late-season inclusion after a year in the Swans' reserves will culminate in a grand final appearance.

Forwards Tommy Walsh and Trent Dennis-Lane and midfielder Tony Armstrong have been named as the Swans' emergencies.

Before the Hawthorn team was selected the club's director of coaching Chris Fagan said whoever missed out — Murphy — would not be the only player who could feel gutted.

"There'll be an unlucky person for Luke to come in. There's always unlucky people at grand final time," he said before the Hawks' final major training session, in front of thousands of supporters at Waverley Park.

"The strength of our team this year has been our squad. Not just the bloke who misses out this week [will be unlucky], but for the other six or seven players who have trained on it's going to be terribly disappointing for them. But they helped us get there and have been an important part of what we've done."

6 comments so far

  • Isn't this the second time they've dumped Murphy for a final? Time to move on, sport.

    Commenter
    Bushy
    Location
    the Bush
    Date and time
    September 28, 2012, 8:04AM
    • He's not out yet Bushy!

      Commenter
      Jimmy
      Location
      Warrandyte
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 11:21AM
  • I would have got rid of Shoenmakers before Murphy... he's the worst player (next to Zac Dawson) to ever play AFL footy. Starting to get really annoyed with the selection panel not listening to me !

    Commenter
    Sam Mitchell
    Location
    Hawthorn
    Date and time
    September 28, 2012, 8:45AM
    • Ellis should have been dropped instead. Murphy was good last week.

      Commenter
      JD
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 10:46AM
    • Absolutely agree. Shoenmakers should be out. Guaranteed he'd never suffer that almost year-destroying brain-fade again if he was dropped.

      Commenter
      Woz
      Location
      Albury
      Date and time
      September 28, 2012, 1:33PM
  • bad luck to tom,must be heartbreaking to miss the granny twice,all hawk fans love the way you go about your footy and appreciate the effort you've made to get us into a gf.and to the mugs taking potshots at shoey,i'd love to see how you fair playing on the biggest forwards in the comp at 20 or 21 yrs old,he'll be one of the best centre half backs in a few years,so get off his back.

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    smurfo
    Date and time
    September 28, 2012, 11:22AM

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