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Franklin magic keeps Hawks at bay

Buddy brilliant: Lance Franklin was on fire for the Swans.

There is a point where a team begins to wonder if an opponent has their measure. Midway through the last quarter Sydney was nearing this juncture. That they did not meet it could prove critical to their fortunes this season.

Too many eggs in the Buddy basket

Main target: Lance Franklin.

It has long (and often) been said that a champion team will always beat a team of champions. When Sydney knocked off Hawthorn in the 2012 Grand Final, it was their even contribution across the ground, and teamwork, which got them over the line.

Ramifications run deep for Hawks

Jarryd Roughead at training in January this year.

The latest disturbing news about Jarryd Roughead's health has been a shock for all who know the affable big man even a little. For his Hawthorn teammates, it must be a bombshell.