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Hawks eye win in Crawford's 300th game

By Sam Lienert 08/08/2008 03:36:04 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn are determined to cap a week of tributes to Shane Crawford by rewarding him with victory in his 300th AFL game against finals aspirants Brisbane in Launceston on Saturday.

Coach Alastair Clarkson said the former Brownlow Medallist deserved all the praise directed his way in the lead-up to the match, but the club was intent on backing it with action.

"It's been such a stellar career and the tributes have been flowing thick and fast and rightly so," Clarkson said.

"He's been a very, very decorated player at our footy club and it will draw some recognition this afternoon and tomorrow, I'm sure.

"The guys are professional enough to know that there's a game of footy to win and there's 21 guys I'm sure that are going to be really keen to make it a special day for Crawf.

"Brent Guerra also plays his 150th tomorrow too. He's been a really handy acquisition for us over the last three years now.

"Together, those guys sharing their milestone on the same day should hopefully mean it's a pretty special day for our club."

While the Hawks have a milestone to motivate them, the ninth-placed Lions are playing for their season after four losses in their past five games.

It will be Brisbane's first experience of Aurora Stadium, where the Hawks have built an imposing record.

But Clarkson said he was extremely wary of a side that had the midfield experience of Simon Black and Luke Power and goalkicking potential of Jonathan Brown and Daniel Bradshaw.

Bradshaw and Brown have kicked 125 goals between them this season, while Hawks key forwards Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead have combined for 143, creating the potential for an entertaining shootout.

Last time they met, at the Gabba in round five, the Hawks won 19.16 (130) to 17.16 (118), with Bradshaw kicking seven goals and Franklin eight.

"We've got enormous regard for the way Brisbane go about it," Clarkson said.

"They've got in particular a stellar midfield, with (Jamie) Charman, Black, Power, (Michael) Rischitelli, those sort of guys in the middle of the ground, (Tim) Notting's back in the side this week too.

"All those guys bar Rischitelli I think are premiership players, then you've got Brown and Bradshaw, who probably together with our two guys up forward in Roughead and Franklin are the more potent of the big targets up forward in the competition.

"So that area of the ground is going to be critical this week, if we allow Charman, Black, Power and Rischitelli to get on top of us in the midfield then that will supply those big forwards for them.

"On the other hand if we can win that area of the ground then it gives our big guys a chance."

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