Hawks lose eight flags in changes
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.
Hawthorn’s Ty Vickery will be on the park for tonight’s game against the Magpies