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Jordan Lewis' year of rolling out the barrel

Natural leader: Jordan Lewis, who is in career-best form for the Hawks, lets fly at training on Friday.

Greg Baum Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working.

Jordan Lewis backs Cyril Rioli to return for Hawthorn before finals

Cyril Rioli.

Roy Ward Hawthorn vice-captain Jordan Lewis has backed two-time premiership forward Cyril Rioli to return to the team before the finals.

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Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jarrad Waite (left) was cited for misconduct but is free to line up in Sunday night's clash against Essendon, as it was his first offence of this kind.

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

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Jordan Lewis finds shape of things to his liking on eve of 200th game

Reading the play: Jordan Lewis has shown great resilience on his way to his 200-game milestone.

Jesse Hogan The Hawthorn star survived on footy smarts until he realised the shape of things to come.

Chris Dawes suspended, Ben Rutten reprimanded in final match

Chris Dawes makes contact with Andrew Swallow during the round 23 match on Saturday.

Jesse Hogan Chris Dawes is set to miss the first round of 2015 while Ben Rutten has preserved – narrowly – his record of lasting his entire 12-year career without suspension.

Age Footballer of the Year: Round 23 votes

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Round 23 votes for the Age Footballer of the Year award for the 2014 premiership season.

Jimmy Bartel 'dive' knockers have a blinkered view of the past

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Peter Hanlon As the "football world" continued to pass pious judgment, and Jimmy Bartel called the outrage over his alleged dive "a load of rubbish", the AFL umpiring department on Thursday endorsed the...

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Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel slams diving accusations as rubbish

Jimmy Bartel: A modern-day marvel

Daniel Cherny Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has stridently defended himself against accusations that he exaggerated contact with Hawthorn opponent Matthew Suckling.

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2014 AFL round 23 teams

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The selected teams for round 23 of the AFL season, including Saturday's all-important Fremantle v Port Adelaide clash.

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AFL Round 23: Collingwood v Hawthorn

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Lee Crossley The equation is simple for Collingwood: the Magpies must defeat highly-regarded Hawthorn to have any hope of snatching a finals spot.

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Nat Fyfe suspension confirmed by AFL Appeals Board

Nat Fyfe flies high.

Jesse Hogan Fremantle's second attempt to have Nat Fyfe's two-match ban downgraded finished the same way as the first, with the star midfielder ruled out until the start of the finals.

2014 AFL round 22 teams

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The selected teams for round 22 of the AFL season, headlined by Geelong's clash with Hawthorn on Saturday night.

Jimmy Bartel doesn't deserve to 'hang' for dive, says Cameron Ling

Bartel lurched forward, winning a free kick.

Jesse Hogan Geelong premiership captain Cameron Ling has urged football followers not to "hang" his former teammate Jimmy Bartel for "taking a dive" in the team's loss to Hawthorn on Saturday night.

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

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Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

Age Footballer of the Year: Round 22 votes

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Round 22 votes for the Age Footballer of the Year award for the 2014 premiership season.

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2014 round 21 AFL teams

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All the ins and outs for round 21 of the 2014 AFL premiership season.

Former Hawthorn captain Richie Vandenberg says coach Alastair Clarkson always striving for self-improvement

Alastair Clarkson congratulates Richie Vandenberg after a win in 2005. Former Hawk assistant coach Damien Hardwick is in the background.

Daniel Cherny He is a dual-premiership coach perhaps on his way to a third September glory, but Alastair Clarkson continues to strive for improvement in his own performance, says a former Hawthorn captain.

Hawks' attack of the drones

Innovative: Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.

Dockers show they are contenders with win over Hawks

Shaun Burgoyne of the Hawks gets a handball away as he is tackled by Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Brad Elborough Fremantle has issued a timely reminder of its premiership credentials with an impressive 19-point win over Hawthorn.

Why the Hawks don't like Mundy or Pav after loss in west

Dominant: David Mundy of the Dockers attempts to break away from  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks.

Brad Elborough and Emma Quayle Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson upbeat despite the Hawks relinquishing a place in the top two of the ladder.