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No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Explosive: Cyril Rioli.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Box Hill Hawks looking to go back-to-back in VFL grand final

Ben McEvoy of the Hawks and Nick Meese of  Williamstown compete for the ball during the VFL preliminary final at North Port Oval on Sunday.

Brent Diamond Hawthorn’s VFL affiliate, the Box Hill Hawks, will aim to go back-to-back when it meets Footscray in next Sunday's VFL grand final at Etihad Stadium, after a pulsating seven-point preliminary...

How the Hawks turned a nightmare into goalkicking gold

Luke Breust (left) and Jack Gunston hold back Sydney's Heath Grundy.

Peter Hanlon Even quiet revolutions have trigger points, and Hawthorn's turnaround to lead all comers in the game's most decisive skill is easily traced.

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Hawks have plenty in reserve in VFL finals

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Brent Diamond The Box Hill Hawks surge towards another grand final bodes well for Hawthorn's rich amount of depth to be called upon if required as both teams dream of the prospect of back-to-back flags.

Hawks forwards and defenders win it, as midfield breaks even

Isaac Smith handballs as he goes to ground.

Liam Mannix Defending the corridor and reducing the efficiency of Geelong’s forward thrusts was behind the Hawks’ preliminary final win, says coach Alastair Clarkson.

Hawks soar over Cats to frank their flag claims

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis celebrates after kicking a goal against Geelong at the MCG on Friday.

Peter Hanlon The question asked for a fortnight in every exhaustable fashion had been: which half mattered most?

Hawks and Cats: man versus the machine

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Timothy Boyle Qualifying finals are the worst finals because, in spite of themselves, they feel like an anticlimax.

Rioli won't play VFL this weekend, say Hawks

Cyril Rioli's season may be over.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli won't return from injury in the VFL next weekend but Ryan Schoenmakers and Matt Suckling have been given special dispensation to play in an under-23 "young guns" curtain...

Hawks more determined after AFL setbacks

Shaun Burgoyne with Josh Gibson, one of the players who missed a large chunk of the season.

Shaun Burgoyne feels Hawthorn's year of setbacks has helped drive their push for back-to-back AFL flags.

Luke Breust stays with Hawks in new deal

New deal: Luke Breust will stay with the Hawks.

Dead-eye forward Luke Breust has extended his stay at Hawthorn, signing a two-year contract extension.

Alastair Clarkson says Hawks to play at full throttle against Magpies

Cool runnings: Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury takes a breather at training on Wednesday.

Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.

Swans, Hawks and Power have reserves advantage over Dockers and Cats

Ross Lyon says the Grand Final defeat won't matter as the Dockers prepare for a rematch against Hawthorn.

Daniel Cherny Sydney, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne will have pre-cooked meals sitting in the fridge come finals time, but fellow premiership aspirants Fremantle, Geelong and Essendon will need first...

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Hawks and Dogs: the fork in the road

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Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.

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Dogs join long list of teams outmatched by Hawks

Jarryd Roughead runs in to kick a goal.

Matt Murnane Hawthorn games at Aurora Stadium all seem to follow a similar road.

Hawks without Jack Gunston for 2 to 3 weeks

Jack Gunston has kicked 44 goals this season, including a bag of six against North Melbourne in round 16.

Liam Mannix Jack Gunston is expected to miss the next two to three weeks due to a knee injury suffered in Sunday's win over the Western Bulldogs.

Freo's Paul Duffield says Hawks still a challenge without forwards

Docker Paul Duffield (left) says the Hawks will still be a big challenge this weekend.

Brad Elborough Fremantle defender Paul Duffield is under no illusions that Hawthorn will be easy prey at Patersons Stadium on Sunday without two of its key forwards.

Docker Walters on track for AFL Hawks

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says goalsneak Michael Walters is likely to make his AFL return in Sunday's clash with Hawthorn at Patersons Stadium.

Small forwards' speed key for Dockers Hawks clash

Brad Elborough Fremantle will consider playing four small forwards for its crucial clash with Hawthorn at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

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Hawks regain star duo Brian Lake and Jack Gunston

Premier Hawthorn has confirmed the return of its two best players from the 2013 grand final for Sunday's round-21 clash with Fremantle in Perth.

Hawks can do no wrong in eyes of the law

Neil McMahon NO ONE likes facing Hawthorn on the footy field. As it turns out, you probably don’t want to meet them in a courtroom either.