Hawks lose eight flags in changes

NT News - - SPORT - ROGER VAUGHAN

A COUNT of the AFL pre­mier­ships among the ins and outs this week is an­other demon­stra­tion of the chang­ing times at Hawthorn.

A plague of in­juries meant the Hawks had to make four changes for tonight’s match against Colling­wood at the MCG.

Between them, in­jured players Cyril Ri­oli (four), Ben Strat­ton (three), James Fraw­ley (one) and Jack Fitz­patrick have won eight flags in Hawthorn’s lat­est golden era.

Tay­lor Duryea’s two pre­mier­ships are the only ul­ti­mate prizes among their re­place­ments, with Bren­dan White­cross, Ty Vick­ery and Kaiden Brand also com­ing in to the side.

The Hawks are in tran­si­tion and the Mag­pies are wellplaced to break their ninegame los­ing streak against them.

The Pies have never beaten Hawthorn with Nathan Buck­ley as coach, but his Hawthorn coun­ter­part Alas­tair Clark­son has dis­missed the streak.

“They’ve been in ev­ery game that they’ve played (this sea­son),” Clark­son said of Colling­wood. “They’re 2-6, but they could quite eas­ily be 5-3 or 6-2 — they’ve played some good footy.

Pic­ture: WAYNE LUDBEY

Hawthorn’s Ty Vick­ery will be on the park for tonight’s game against the Mag­pies

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