Tom fit and ready
FINLEY’S Tom Hawkins is fit and ready for this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final.
The giant Geelong forward is aiming at his second flag having played in the Cats 2009 premiership victory over the Saints.
Hawkins, 23, is expected to start as a key forward against Collingwood.
The SOUTHERN RIVERINA NEWS spoke with Tom’s father and former legendary Geelong player John ‘Jumping Jack’ Hawkins yesterday.
He said his son was relaxed and excited ahead of game day.
‘‘The fact he has already played in a grand final will certainly help him prepare. The St Kilda game (2009 grand final) was as tight as they come, so he knows what to expect.
‘‘I spoke to Tom after the game (against the West Coast Eagles) on Saturday, he is looking forward to the week ahead.
‘‘It’s a fun week, not too much training, but with a focus on planning and sorting out any sore spots.’’
Mr Hawkins said it was an incredible experience for Tom.
‘‘I look at these kids and think it’s just a dream for them. To get drafted and then be part of a side that makes the grand final.’’
Mr Hawkins said he expected Saturday’s clash to be tough, but ‘‘we just want Geelong to win’’.
Tom Hawkins was officially selected by Geelong in the 2006 AFL Draft under the fatherson rule and began playing in 2007.
As he prepares to take the ‘big stage’ once again, students across the region celebrated his achievements at the Tom Hawkins Fun Day.
It was held as part of the ‘Aussie Rules in Schools’ program at the Finley Recreation Reserve last week.
AFL Development coordinator Andrew Rich- ardson said the annual Tom Hawkins Fun Day was an opportunity for both girls and boys at all skill levels to ‘‘have a go’’ at Aussie Rules.
Mr Richardson thanked the school teachers and the Finley High School umpires for their support.
AFL Development coordinator Andrew Richardson answers some questions at the Tom Hawkins Fun Day.