Hawthorn were dealt a severe blow with defenders Brian Lake suffering medial ligament damage to his left knee and Paul Puopolo a hamstring strain during Saturday night's eight-point loss to Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.
Port Adelaide on Saturday produced its most stunning opening to a game ever, flooring Hawthorn and producing further proof the current champions are not invincible.
It's a compelling Saturday night of footy with last year's preliminary finalists Hawthorn and Port Adelaide meeting at the Adelaide Oval, and Fremantle hosting Sydney out west.
While the pain still lingers, Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley won't reopen old wounds ahead of Saturday night's blockbuster against Hawthorn.
Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead has called into question an incident on Sunday in which small forward Paul Puopolo was knocked over by an umpire.
They've just beaten the Bulldogs but Hawthorn are no bullies, according to star forward Jarryd Roughead.
Saturday night's North Melbourne-Port Adelaide game was a classic. But could it also prove a template to other AFL clubs about how the game should be played?
The Western Bulldogs early-season momentum has been halted by a back-in-form Hawthorn side and a fresh set of injuries, with Mitch Wallis and Dale Morris both likely to miss a number of weeks.
Luke Hodge leads Hawthorn to a convincing 70-point win over an injury-depleted Western Bulldogs side in Launceston.
The first time Brendan Whitecross organised a post-season trip with his father, he wrecked his knee in a qualifying final. The second time they teed something up, he did the same thing in a preliminary final.
Follow the action live as the Hawks host the Bulldogs in Tasmania.
Both Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are confronting injury problems to key players for their clash in Launceston on Sunday.
Hawthorn's coach says he is unlikely to consider coaching any AFL club other than Hawthorn in his career.
GWS and the Bulldogs are displaying different traits that have taken Hawthorn to the top
Hawthorn supporters were jibed to "just let it go" as a quirky talking point emerged from the thrilling finish to the Bombers-Hawks match at the MCG.
Despite their premiership favouritism, Hawks forward Jack Gunston believes his team is “just with the main pack”.
The tactical masterstroke that clinched a thrilling two-point win for Essendon on Sunday had been rehearsed throughout the pre-season.
This was victory as release more than joy. It was an emotional unburdening and a physical relief that spoke to years of frustration more than a week of disappointment.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has described mixed emotions in the fallout from Sunday’s surprising two-point loss to Essendon.