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Murphy confirmed as unlucky Hawk

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.

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."

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