Hawthorn Hawks

Frawley affected by nerves: Bruce

Daniel Cherny 7:27 PM   Acting Hawthorn coach Cameron Bruce believes that nerves affected James Frawley’s debut in the brown and gold last week, but backed him to respond well against North Melbourne.

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Hawks, 'Roos name strong AFL squads

Luke Hodge.

Reigning premiers Hawthorn and preliminary finalists North Melbourne will have their first true tests of the year in Sunday's AFL pre-season match.

Hawks fear tax will mean clubs can only 'break even'

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

Jon Pierik   Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has renewed his push to abolish the revenue-sharing tax, fearing it will reduce all clubs into a "break-even" position.

Tasmania inextricably linked to the game of footy

Having an impact: Brodie Grundy bumps Taylor Duryea on Thursday.

Martin Flanagan   Aurora Stadium was called York Park when I was a kid. Tasmania beat the Big V there in 1960 and they were still talking about it decades later.

Early days for new Hawk Frawley: Hodge

James Frawley at Aurora Stadium.

James Frawley will be the first to admit that his debut in brown and gold did not meet expectations, says Hawthorn skipper.

Magpies make most of their opportunities

Brodie Grundy kicks towards goal as Hawks Billy Hartung and Alex Woodward look on.

Michael Gleeson   The rebirthing Collingwood rolled over the top of the rejuvenating Hawthorn by 44 points to win the first game of the year.

Collingwood 'on the right path'

Tyson Goldsack (left) of the Magpies and Steele Sidebottom celebrate a goal.

Michael Gleeson   It was only a pre-season game but a solid win in the style they wanted to play would give Collingwood’s young players confidence and validation they were on the right path, Nathan Buckley said.

New-approach Ratten as Hawks' coach

Brett Ratten (left) will coach the Hawks on Thursday night.

Stand-in Hawthorn coach Brett Ratten will showcase his newfound stress-less attitude as he takes the reins for the premiership teams' pre-season opener against Collingwood.

Former AFL footballer Billy Nicholls turned to ice, crime after he was delisted, court hears

William 'Billy' Nicholls played 16 games for Hawthorn and Richmond from 2001-04.

Liam Mannix   A former Hawthorn and Richmond footballer became addicted to ice after being delisted and was suffering from drug-induced psychosis when he shot two men, a court in Geelong has heard.

Game has changed for the worse, says Lethal

Leigh Matthews:

Jon Pierik   AFL Hall of Fame legend Leigh Matthews says the look of the game has changed for the worse in the past five years but any suggestion to try and rectify this through a cut in interchange numbers must be done gradually.

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Hawks name stars for NAB opener

Jarryd Roughead (centre) is among the big-name Hawks named for the clash against Collingwood.

Daniel Cherny   Hawthorn have named 13 members of their 2014 premiership team in a 29-man squad picked for Thursday night’s NAB Challenge opener against Collingwood in Launceston.

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Young Hawks to take on Pies in Nab opener

James Frawley is set to play against the Pies.

Michael Gleeson   Only a handful of Hawthorn's premiership players will play in the opening NAB Challenge game on Thursday as the Hawks manage their protracted build up to round one.

Shiels: Hunger no issue for Hawks

Liam Shiels says the Hawks won't be complacent in 2015.

Ronny Lerner   The depth of Hawthorn’s list has snuffed out any danger of complacency creeping into the mindsets of senior players as they chase an historic ‘threepeat’ of premierships, according to midfielder Liam Shiels.

Hawks, Swans, Port head the pack: Cats coach

Chris Scott says the gap between third and the fifth and sixth sides has closed in "very recent" times.

Jake Niall   Geelong coach Chris Scott agrees that Hawthorn, Sydney and Port Adelaide deserve to be rated slightly ahead of the pack in this year's premiership race, but says the Cats can still contend for the flag in 2015.

AFL keen to stage Rules clash in NY

Brodie Smith of Australia gathers the ball during the International Rules match between Australia and Ireland at Patersons Stadium in November last year.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson   The AFL is working to honour its commitment to the game's stars by staging an International Rules trial game in New York later this year.

Martin will be 'special': Burgoyne

Jack Martin carries the ball against Geelong at Metricon Stadium.

Brad Elborough   The captain of the AFL’s Indigenous All-Stars, Shaun Burgoyne, was asked after the eight-point loss to West Coast in Perth on Friday night which of his young teammates impressed him the most.

Ex-AFL star Campbell Brown's challenge to beat the Rottnest Channel and spare time

AFL hardman Campbell Brown.

Paul Entwistle @backofhouse   Convincing your mates that Guinness and doughnuts are part of your training is proving to be just one of the challenges for former AFL star Campbell Brown as he prepares for his next big goal.

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Hill brothers stoked for footy reunion

Stephen Hill (left) after the Dockers lost the 2013 Grand Final to Hawthorn.

They'll be brothers in arms on Friday night but don't expect Stephen and Bradley Hill to link up at the same AFL club any time soon - if ever.

Lake first-choice full-back: Hodge

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik   Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says Brian Lake will remain the Hawks' first-option full-back despite the recruitment of former Demon James Frawley.

Roos drop like flies in tough session

Rubbing it in: Ex-Tiger Robin Nahas, now a Kangaroo, delights in seeing his former club sink to another loss.

Daniel Cherny and Jon Pierik   An intense Friday afternoon of match simulation turned nasty for North Melbourne, with four players leaving the track hurt at Aegis Park.