Hawkins set to play for Cats

Sportal August 16, 2012, 3:36 pm
Tom Hawkins

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Geelong have declared star forward Tom Hawkins a certain starter for their big clash with St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

Hawkins concussed himself last round against West Coast after landing heavily in a marking contest and was subbed out of the match in the first quarter.

As a result, doubts hung over the big Cat's ability to back up against the Saints seven days later.

But Hawkins has passed all the necessary tests and has been given the all clear to take on St Kilda.

"It's just a matter of recovering first of all and then going through a variety of tests with the physios throughout the week," Hawkins told Geelong's website on Thursday.

"I've probably had a bit of a lighter load training-wise. Then I had to complete a (cognitive) test. That just indicates whether you're right to play.

"You let them know your symptoms and then you've got to do a variety of tests, so that was all done successfully."

The news of Hawkins' availability is a further boost for Geelong who are set to recall a bevy of stars for the Friday night match.

Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, James Kelly, Josh Hunt, Trent West and Billie Smedts are all in the mix to return.

The Cats need to keep winning to boost their bid for a home final while the Saints can't afford to lose any of their final three matches if they hope to make the top eight.

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