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Hawkins fly­ing high for spry Cats

- SIMEON THOMAS-WIL­SON Sports · Geelong · Patrick Dangerfield · Joel Selwood · Brisbane Cricket Ground · Brad Scott

CATS coach Brad Scott says Gee­long spear­head Tom Hawkins is in bet­ter shape when he first started coach­ing the club’s star 10years-ago as the key for­ward moved into equal first in the Cole­man Medal race.

Hawkins kicked five in the Cats 10-goal drum­ming of the pre­vi­ously high-fly­ing St Kilda to go to equal with West Coast’s Josh Kennedy on top of the Cole­man Medal leader­board with 18.

Scott said Hawkins would play for the Cats through­out the fix­ture cram, as the Gee­long coach paid trib­ute to the phys­i­cal con­di­tion of the 32-year-old.

“There was never any in­ten­tion, it‘s never been part of the plan to chop Tom out,” Scott said.

“That’s one, the po­si­tion he plays, but also the way he’s learned to look af­ter him­self. By his own ad­mis­sion, he was al­ways a tal­ented player, but it took him a bit of time to learn to be a pro­fes­sional.

Hawkins was joined by Gee­long su­per­star Patrick Danger­field in the for­ward line at the open­ing bounces of the first and sec­ond quar­ters, be­fore the 2016 Brown­low Medal­list went into the mid­field and caused havoc along with the ex­cel­lent Sam Mene­gola, Mitch Duncan and cap­tain Joel Sel­wood. CATS 2.4 7.5 11.7 14.9 (93) d SAINTS 2.1 4.6 4.8 4.10 (34) at The Gabba. Goals: Cats: Hawkins 5, Ro­han 4, Mene­gola 2, Danger­field, Duncan, Tuohy. Saints: Phillips 2, Bat­tle, Billings

 ??  ?? Gee­long spear­head Tom Hawkins cel­e­brates af­ter one of his five-goals in his team’s thump­ing win over St Kilda at The Gabba. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages
Gee­long spear­head Tom Hawkins cel­e­brates af­ter one of his five-goals in his team’s thump­ing win over St Kilda at The Gabba. Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

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