The mountain for West Coast to climb just got a whole lot higher.
Hawthorn stars Luke Hodge and Jack Gunston have both declared themselves fit to play in this Saturday’s enormous AFL Grand Final, after both pulled through today’s final training session with flying colours.
Hodge, the Hawks controversial skipper, has managed to overcome a hamstring scare following last weekend’s gritty Preliminary Final win over Fremantle. The Hawks skipper was put through his paces in a closed-doors fitness test earlier this week, and today completed training with the rest of the team.
Meanwhile Gunston, who has been out of the side for two weeks with an ankle injury, was put through his paces today – involving a lot of lateral movement to test out the stability of his ankle. But the Hawks’ leading goalkicker for 2015 showed no signs of injury either.
With Gunston being an automatic first choice selection for the Hawks, it means the team has a heartbreaking selection change to make when team sheets are lodged later tonight. Meaning one unlucky Hawk will join the unenviable list of players who miss out on playing in a Grand Final due to omission.
Coach Alastair Clarkson confirmed both would play, and that one player from the victorious Preliminary Final side would therefore have to make room.
“It will mean a hard-luck story for one or two of our players and that happens every year unfortunately, we have just got to pick the best side we think we can win this game for the Hawthorn Football Club.”
— eliza sewell (@ElizaJSewell) October 1, 2015
Gunston tests out his sore ankle. Showing no signs his movement’s restricted. pic.twitter.com/lt7VqnnZRM
— Travis King (@TravKing_AFL) October 1, 2015
— Ben Cameron (@BenCameron23) October 1, 2015
— Rebecca Williams (@BecHeraldSun) October 1, 2015
The Hawks will clash with the West Coast Eagles this Saturday afternoon at the MCG in the AFL season decider – the first time the clubs have met in a Grand Final since 1991.
Hawthorn are chasing the ever-elusive threepeat – their third successive Premiership – a feat not accomplished since the almighty Brisbane Lions managed to do it in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
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via Herald Sun.