Predicted rain no concern for Hawks

Sportal September 27, 2012, 2:16 pm
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Hawthorn's head of coaching Chris Fagan said he believes his side has the game plan to handle the wet weather forecast for Saturday's AFL grand final against Sydney.

The Hawks were well beaten the last time they played on a wet MCG against Richmond in Round 9, however Fagan - a former assistant under Neale Daniher at Melbourne - said his side were confident despite a dreary forecast of 14 degrees and showers, with possible hail and thunderstorms.

"If it rains, we're confident we've got the game plan to hold up, regardless of any conditions," Fagan said at Hawthorn's final public training session ahead of Saturday's clash.

Fagan said captain Luke Hodge had fully recovered from the bout of gastro which sidelined him from their nail-biting preliminary final win over Adelaide last Saturday, despite losing some weight.

"Hodgey's had a good week on the track. He's back training with us on Monday, and he has been training with us in the same manner everybody else has. So his preparation has been very good," Fagan said, before adding the skipper lost 'a kilo or two', which he has since put back on.

In terms of their favouritism to win a second flag in four years, Fagan said the players were preparing for an even battle, but revealed some pressure had been released after they scraped past the Crows.

"Favouritism is something that people bestow on us, rather than what we think about ourselves. If you look at our season, we've played each other twice for one win each. Sydney were probably the more impressive team last week, but I think we're going into the game 50-50," he said.

"We'll have to wait and see (how they handle the pressure), there'd be a few nerves I would imagine in a grand final. But I think the weight is off our shoulders a little bit having got through. So hopefully we play pretty freely once the dust settles on Saturday."

Contrary to popular belief, Fagan said he expects Alastair Clarkson to be a picture of calm in Saturday's final.

"My memory of Clarko in the box in 2008 was he's very calm and controlled all game, and that's what I expect this week. He is most weeks. Every now and then, like most coaches, he gets a bit excited about things but he's normally very good. 2008 was his best performance ever," Fagan said.

Grand final parade and team meeting aside, Fagan said the Hawks had nothing special planned for their final preparations on Friday.

"We'll just have a team meeting with our players. Keep it simple."

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  1. David03:32pm Thursday 27th September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Rain hail or shine Hawks will win flag no matter what !!!!! SO GO HAWKS!!!

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