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Hawthorn Hawks

Umpires defend Isaac Smith decision

Winners are grinners: Isaac Smith celebrates on the siren.

It was the umpiring call that may have cost Adelaide the match, but AFL umpires are defending their decision not to penalise Hawthorn's Isaac Smith for holding the ball on Friday night.

The little big men of the AFL

Hawthorn small forward Cyril Rioli shows his glee after scoring.

Small goalsneak forwards have always been key players in our game, from Kevin Bartlett through to Stephen Milne, and Friday night's game at the MCG brings together the best two going around.