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Hawks too classy as Suns burnt

Tom Lynch and Luke Hodge fly for the ball.

Andrew Stafford It's been suggested that Hawthorn might not have played a better half of football than the one it produced against Fremantle.

Cats, Hawks lining up for another AFL blockbuster

Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Daniel Cherny It is always a tantalising prospect for football purists, and for the umpteenth time in recent memory a Hawthorn-Geelong clash is set to attract top billing.

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Geelong coach says long way to match Hawks

Jason Phelan Geelong maintained its unbeaten record with a hard-fought win against Collingwood on Saturday night, but Chris Scott says the Cats must improve considerably if they are to compete with reigning...

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Hawks amaze themselves

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Greg Baum Hawthorn shocked even itself with its six-goal head start over Fremantle in the grand final rematch at the MCG on Friday night, laying the foundations of a thumping 58-point win.

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Lyon: we'll put Hawks loss behind us

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Jake Niall Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said the Dockers would only review the first 30 minutes and ''a little bit'' of the second quarter from their huge loss to Hawthorn, which the club would put behind it.

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Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

Sam Mitchell.

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.

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Small steps for Hawks defenders Ben Stratton and Ryan Schoenmakers

Muscling up: Ryan Schoenmakers (left) is stronger.

Brent Diamond Hawthorn defenders Ben Stratton and Ryan Schoenmakers will be eased back in the VFL for Box Hill on Saturday but may not return to AFL ranks for at least another two weeks.

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Shifting tides as Dockers and Hawks get ready to clash in grand final rematch

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Hawthorn's Matthew Suckling tackles Stephen Hill of Fremantle.

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

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Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

Garlett needs to commit, says Hawks captain Luke Hodge

Matt Murnane Dayle Garlett will not play for Hawthorn this year until he shows he is ready to commit to the AFL lifestyle and get both sides of his game up to the elite level.

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Garlett quits Hawks

Hawthorn tried to buy some time with Dayle Garlett by giving him a break from playing and allowing him to train without the pressure to perform.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's decision to punt on the talented but troubled Dayle Garlett is over, with the youngster walking away from the demands of AFL life.

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No regrets on Dayle Garlett, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Should Dayle Garlett want to play WAFL weekend, there is nothing in the rules stopping him from doing so.

Rohan Connolly, Tom Atkinson In what would be a huge coup for the WAFL, Dayle Garlett could play for Swan Districts as early as this Saturday afternoon against East Perth.

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Buddy: leaving Hawks "the hardest time of my life"

Lance Franklin in one of last year's semi finals

Samantha Lane Lance Franklin has described his departure from Hawthorn as the hardest period of his life.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

Hawthorn v Essendon

Greg Baum After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

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Hawks and Bombers gearing up for showdown

 Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey and Hawthorn's Paul Puopolo watch the ball when the teams met in season 2013.

Matt Murnane Hawthorn and Essendon will prepare to "put the boxing gloves on" in what is looming as another fierce chapter in the historic rivalry between the clubs.

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Hawks look at three debutants

Ben McEvoy is set to make his Hawthorn debut.

Jake Niall At least one first-gamer to join former Saint Ben McEvoy in Hawks' first-round team

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Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

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Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''