Geelong spearhead quarantined in big AFL grand final scare

Australian Associated Press
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Pictured here, Tom Hawkins celebrates with Geelong teammates during a match.
Tom Hawkins is being isolated away from Geelong teammates after feeling a little under the weather. Pic: Getty

Geelong are adamant Tom Hawkins will be fit to play in the AFL grand final against Richmond despite the Coleman medallist missing Tuesday's training session through illness.

A club spokesperson said Hawkins had been told to stay away from teammates after feeling unwell.

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The power forward has a sore throat, an ailment believed to have been passed on by one of his children.

Hawkins' young family is staying with him at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, where a small group of Geelong players with families are based.

Seen here, illness to Tom Hawkins is not expected to see him miss the grand final.
Hawkins' illness has come at an unfortunate time for the Cats. Pic: Getty

The majority of the Cats' travelling party is based a few kilometres away at the hotel adjacent to their Southport Sharks training ground.

Hawkins pulled out of a previously arranged press conference on Monday with what the club said was a family commitment.

He was replaced by fellow veteran Harry Taylor and rescheduled to speak to the media on Thursday.

That is now in some doubt but the Cats say there is no chance Hawkins will miss the decider, with the 32-year-old's training absence on Tuesday viewed purely as a precaution.

Geelong players trained in small groups on Tuesday in what is termed a "craft session".

Their main training session for the week is on Wednesday night in the lead-up to Saturday night's grand final at the Gabba.

General public tickets sell out for AFL decider

The general public ticket allocation for Saturday's AFL grand final at the Gabba has sold out.

Tuesday morning's ticket sale was the first time in more than 20 years that tickets for the season decider had gone on sale to the general public - and the allocation sold out in less than 20 minutes.

On Monday, more than 2,500 Geelong members and 3,500 Richmond members secured tickets.

Tickets sold on Monday were only open to club members who were in Queensland or in states where there is travel allowed into Queensland.

Further tickets could become available on Thursday if certain allocations aren't fulfilled.

The crowd at the Gabba is capped at 30,000.

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