Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hawks Final Training Session

Today was the final training session for Hawthorn, before the big day on Saturday, being the AFL Grand Final.  An all important hit-out for the team, and to assist with selection decisions, but ultimately it is a rite of passage for fans in the build up at the latter half of this massive week.

Mum and I meet up with Jessie and Adam, and we made the trek out to Waverley to join the sea of brown and yellow.  Taking in the very site of our 1991 Premiership, but now our training facility, the energy was high among the faithful and the families keen to get a look at the team close-up.

It was so exciting to see all the kids with their numbered jumpers on, still many, many 23s for Buddy like in 2008, but the number 33 for Cyril is definitely a favourite this time too!

As the crowd was warmed up with interviews with past players, the current players soon made their way out onto the field and completed their 40 minute session.  Most eyes were on Hodge, given that the Captain had missed last week, be he looked to be matching it with the rest of the squad, and thus, the crowd was confident that he would be leading the team on Saturday.

The players seemed to be soaking in the atmosphere of the huge crowd both before and after the training session, and the forlorn figures of our injured players brought home just how lucky this squad is to be here and fit on the last weekend of September again.

An exciting day, which has just started to make it very real for me!  Let the nerves and anticipation build!  Go Hawks!

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