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Hodge to take pay cut to stay at Hawks

Hodge will likely give up the captaincy for 2017.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has taken a major pay cut and will probably relinquish the club captaincy he has held for six years in his call to play on in 2017.

Reaction to ruck losses part of the riddle

Medical staff attend to the Eagles' Nic Naitanui after he suffered a knee injury in the match against Hawthorn.

Just how West Coast and Hawthorn react to the loss of ruckmen Nic Naitanui and Jonathon Ceglar may have a lot to do with determining this year's premier, as well as a perennial football debate.

Big men hurt as Eagles topple Hawks

Jack Darling celebrates a goal.

West Coast have surely ended Hawthorn chances of claiming one trophy this season - the minor premiership - after their 25-point win at Domain Stadium on Friday night.

Spangher back in action for Box Hill

Back in action: Matt Spangher has recovered from a hamstring injury.

Evergreen Hawthorn defender Matt Spangher is set to make his return from a serious hamstring injury for Box Hill against Collingwood at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday.

AFL live: West Coast v Hawthorn

Nic Naitanui and Ben McEvoy contest the ruck.

There's a real sense of finals in the air as the top-of-the-table Hawks face a big challenge against the sixth-placed Eagles in Perth.

Unfazed Rioli will bump again

The Hawks' Cyril Rioli bumps Demon Clayton Oliver.

Despite coming perilously close to a suspension a fortnight ago, Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli will not think twice about laying an opponent out if the opportunity presented itself again.

Hawks hit hard and fast

Sam Mitchell was desperate as always for the Hawks.

Hawthorn didn't play four quarters against North Melbourne. But so good was their first, it didn't matter.