As AFL clubs enjoy their mid-season bye and list managers turn their attention more towards 2017, we take a daily look at one club – how it has performed so far and what to expect from here.
With Luke Hodge back and heir home and away campaign nearly two-thirds over, Hawthorn have ascended to the most most important place of all this time of year: The top of the ladder.
Having reached the top of the ladder as they head for their mid-season bye, Hawthorn still have plenty of room for improvement, says coach Alastair Clarkson.
After three years of flawless Hawthorn, in 2016 no team stands without warts.
Hawthorn are the raging favourites as they host lowly Gold Coast Suns for this clash in Launceston.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he wants Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Josh Gibson to join fellow veteran Sam Mitchell in playing on next year.
You don't have to read too far between the lines to discern the finely judged way Hawthorn is pacing the progress of James Sicily, anxious not to suppress his exuberance but careful also that it does not carry him away. So far, the record says, they have it just right.
Three-time Hawthorn premiership captain Luke Hodge is perhaps the biggest-name inclusion for round 14, a group that features Collingwood veteran Travis Cloke, and St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt.
The AFL's commitment to putting fans first is likely to shape discussions when league boss Gillon McLachlan hosts the coaches at his home next week.
Sam Mitchell will play for Hawthorn next year and captain Luke Hodge is also set to extend his AFL career.
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Hawthorn have ruled out further sanction against midfielder Brad Hill after he appeared in court and was fined $500 for driving while suspended.
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has escaped suspension but has been hit with one of the biggest fines for an individual incident in VFL-AFL history for claiming the umpires had been biased in Friday night's loss to Hawthorn.
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Hawthorn youngster James Sicily is the round 13 Rising Star nominee after another impressive performance against North Melbourne.
North Melbourne has apologised for unfounded claims by coach Brad Scott that umpires expressed a bias against "ducker" Lindsay Thomas in Friday night's torrid clash with Hawthorn and could face a heavy penalty once they front the AFL executive.
The AFL has declared it will review the alleged comments made by an umpire on Friday night, after North Melbourne coach Brad Scott claimed that umpires told Kangaroos players they wouldn't pay free kicks for high contact to Lindsay Thomas "because he's a ducker."
Hawthorn's form may have been patchy through the opening half of the season but they are back in the top four.
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