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Hawks go top after beating Suns

Hawks v Suns

With Luke Hodge back and heir home and away campaign nearly two-thirds over, Hawthorn have ascended to the most most important place of all this time of year: The top of the ladder.

Hawks sitting pretty, but need to lift

Pretty in pink: Jordan Lewis,  Alastair Clarkson, Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell celebrate the win over Gold Coast.

Having reached the top of the ladder as they head for their mid-season bye, Hawthorn still have plenty of room for improvement, says coach Alastair Clarkson.

Clarkson wants veterans to go on

Backing his boys: Alastair Clarkson with Shaun Burgoyne last year.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he wants Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson to join fellow veteran Sam Mitchell in playing on next year.

Independent spirit fills Sicily, thrills Hawks

James Sicily's ebullience was on display against North Melbourne in round 13 with five match-winning goals.

You don't have to read too far between the lines to discern the finely judged way Hawthorn is pacing the progress of James Sicily, anxious not to suppress his exuberance but careful also that it does not carry him away. So far, the record says, they have it just right.

Big-names back for round 14

Back in business: Luke Hodge

Three-time Hawthorn premiership captain Luke Hodge is perhaps the biggest-name inclusion for round 14, a group that features Collingwood veteran Travis Cloke, and St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt.

McLachlan to host coaches on Tuesday

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

The AFL's commitment to putting fans first is likely to shape discussions when league boss Gillon McLachlan hosts the coaches at his home next week.

Scott fined $30,000 and club slugged $50,000

Brad Scott has been fined $30,000 for his public comments about the umpires on Friday night.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has escaped suspension but has been hit with one of the biggest fines for an individual incident in VFL-AFL history for claiming the umpires had been biased in Friday night's loss to Hawthorn.

AFL to hit Brad Scott over 'bias' claims

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott is likely to be fined by the AFL.

North Melbourne has apologised for unfounded claims by coach Brad Scott that umpires expressed a bias against "ducker" Lindsay Thomas in Friday night's torrid clash with Hawthorn and could face a heavy penalty once they front the AFL executive.