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Luke Hodge to miss, Sam Mitchell likely to play in Hawthorn's clash with Fremantle

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Daniel Cherny Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has been ruled out of tomorrow night's Grand Final re-match with Fremantle, but former skipper Sam Mitchell remains a strong chance of returning.

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Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.

Strong week for elite as Sam Mitchell hits his straps

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Matthew James, Footy Prophet With many of the fantasy elite performing strongly last week, there hasn't been too much movement in our rankings.

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Sam Mitchell out for two months with hamstring injury

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Daniel Cherny Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell has been sidelined for eight weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in his side's 145-point win over St Kilda.

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Sam Mitchell says All-Australian honour is testament to Hawks' game plan

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Matt Murnane Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell says his selection at half-back in this year's All-Australian team reinforces his team's plan to become more versatile in the final two weeks of the season.

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.

Toby Greene continues sizzling form in Ultimate Footy

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Footy Prophet, Matthew James There's not much change at the top as we head into fantasy grand finals this week. 

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

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Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.

Brownlow Medal bolters

Richmond's Dustin Martin is 101-1 to win the Brownlow Medal. With 13 chances to poll, he is worth a flutter.

Will Brodie This might be the year in which a player unfavoured by punters is awarded the AFL's highest individual honour.

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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.

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.

Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

AFL slams Seven after Hamish McIntosh optical illusion mars score review

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Liam Mannix The AFL has slammed Channel Seven’s ‘disrespectful’ coverage of a controversial score-review during Saturday night’s blockbuster Hawks-Cats clash.

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.

Tagger: Six steps from Joe Hockey to Paul Roos

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Peter Hanlon People say the Hirds have been stubborn and foolish, but as Herald Sun readers could tell you, Tania wore a lovely coat to court the other morning that was both fashionable and a practical garment to...

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.

Hawthorn still pushing for top-two finish in 2014

Jarryd Roughead’s return from suspension will strengthen Hawthorn’s attack against Geelong.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn’s players have not given up on a top-two finish, but are acutely aware of their need to limit their opposition to lower scores in the final stretch of the season.