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Hawk's Williams can play AFL grand final

22/09/2008 02:37:25 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn forward Mark Williams is free to play in Saturday's AFL grand final against Geelong after being cleared by the match review panel.

The panel judged Williams' contact with St Kilda backman Max Hudghton in Saturday night's preliminary final to be to Hudghton's back and not to the head/neck region.

Williams booted five goals and was one of the Hawks' best players in the 54-point win over the Saints.

The decision will be a boost to Hawthorn's chances of derailing Geelong's bid for back to back titles as the Hawks will need their entire forward line firing against the stingy Cats backline this weekend.

Rugged Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis also escaped a trip to the Tribunal with the panel considering his contact with St Kilda's David Armitage to not be enough for a "reportable offence".

The only two players charged from the weekend's matches were St Kilda's Brendon Goddard (striking) and the Western Bulldogs' Josh Hill.

Both players can escape suspension for the start of next season with early guilty pleas.

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