In a familiar scenario, the Hawthorn Hawks have good prospects of continuing the dominant results that first appeared in the VFL days and has carried forward to the AFL.
Observers have indicated, however, that the ageing squad could be vulnerable in the next season with key players such as Captain Luke Hodge and Sam Mitchell looking back on their thirtieth years.
The Hawks are pinning high hopes on Ben Stratton, who has been prominent during pre-season training.
Whether or not Stratton can prop up the three-time consecutive premiers and spell the older guys remains to be seen. His performance during the recent 10-day preseason on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has connections and supporters excited at the prospect of further extending the Hawks’ dynasty.
In a true example of cryptic hyperbole, Hodge told AAP in regard to Stratton that, “Ben has always been a hard worker.”
In other AFL news, the Bombers, from multiple sources that include players and officials, would be enthusiastic about seeing former coach James Hird return to footy in some capacity. One of Hird’s biggest supporters is Essendon defender Michael Hurley, who credits Hird with playing a pivotal role is Hurley’s move to defense that culminated in his first All-Australian achievement.