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Polak, Bailey make popular comebacks

By Roger Vaughan 20/08/2009 08:43:38 PM Comments (0)

Just as Graham Polak has overcome plenty to make his AFL comeback, Saturday night is also a big occasion for Hawthorn ruckman Max Bailey.

Richmond announced on Wednesday night that Polak would play senior football for the first time since he was hit by a tram in June last year.

Polak suffered brain damage in the accident, but recovered from his injuries and has steadily regained his football form.

Bailey has also needed plenty of persistence and patience to return to the AFL after needing two reconstructions.

Saturday night's match at the MCG will be his first senior game since late 2006.

"It's a brilliant time for us, we've seen how hard he's worked," said Hawks football manager Mark Evans.

"He's such a strong, positive character - it will be a real lift for all our players when he's out on the MCG."

The Hawks also promoted rookie-listed utility Riley Milne for his AFL debut - their seventh debutant this season.

Mitch Dowler also returns to the side, while ruckman Robert Campbell will again be out with a finger injury.

The Tigers promoted former Port Adelaide player Adam Thomson for his first senior game with the club, while veteran ruckman Troy Simmonds will play in the AFL for the first time since round 11.

Richmond's other recalls are Kel Moore and Matthew White, with Jake King and Tom Hislop suspended, Ty Vickery and Mark Coughlan omitted and Joel Bowden retired.

Hawthorn must beat the Tigers to stay in contention for the top eight.

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