Herald Sun

Hawks look more omi­nous as Roug­head re­turns

- BEN WATER­WORTH AND WAR­WICK GREEN

HAWTHORN gained more mo­men­tum last night when Jar­ryd Roug­head was se­lected for Satur­day night’s block­buster against Syd­ney at ANZ Sta­dium.

The triple premier­ship for­ward has missed the past two matches fol­low­ing surgery to re­move a melanoma on his lip.

Roug­head re­placed Tay­lor Duryea, who is ex­pected to miss a week with a shoul­der in­jury.

“He’s been train­ing fully for the last seven days,” Hawthorn football oper­a­tions man­ager Chris Fa­gan told the club’s web­site in ref­er­ence to Roug­head. “He got the all-clear from the sur­geon on Tues­day to say that the wound is fine and he’s OK to play football. He’s jump­ing out of his skin want­ing to play.” SYD­NEY de­fender Ted Richards was re­called af­ter miss­ing last week’s clash with Bris­bane Lions be­cause of con­cus­sion.

But the Swans will be with­out first-choice ruck­man Mike Pyke (knee). ST KILDA named teenage de­fender Hugh God­dard for his first fix­ture in Sun­day’s twi­light game against Rich­mond.

The 18-year-old, who be­comes the 10th debu­tant un­der coach Alan Richard-son, was re­warded for his strong form with San­dring­ham in the VFL.

“It’s been a while com­ing and I’m just grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity this week to get out there and show what I’ve been im­prov­ing on,’’ God­dard told the club’s web­site.

“He’s been the con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional. He’s ticked ev­ery box and hasn’t missed a train­ing ses­sion,’’ part-time de­fen­sive coach Danny Fraw­ley said.

“He’s tough, un­re­lent­ing, coura­geous and ready.

“He’ll do well and some of the Rich­mond for­wards will know he’s played his first game, that’s for sure.”

Richard­son said he ex­pected cap­tain Nick Riewoldt would let the club know to­day how his tight calf had pulled up af­ter train­ing and whether he could take his place in the team. GEE­LONG cap­tain Joel Sel- wood will miss the Cats’ home clash with the Western Bull­dogs to­mor­row be­cause of sus­pen­sion.

The Cats re­gained midfielder Mitch Dun­can, who hasn’t played since Round 7 be­cause of a foot in­jury. WESTERN BULL­DOGS se­lected util­ity Jor­dan Roug­head and ruck­man Tom Camp­bell, but lost Will Min­son (shoul­der) and Fletcher Roberts (an­kle) to in­jury.

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