An army of 5,000 Hawks fans packed Waverley Park to show their support at the team’s final training session.

The other Grand Final contender, the Swans, closed their final session to the public.

David De Witt reports.


The Hawks are short-priced favorites for Saturday’s big clash, despite the heart-breaking loss of veteran defender Bret Guerra who was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury.

Brent Guerra, Hawthorn Defender: “Probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. It’s pretty tough getting up in front of your best mates and telling them you wont be out with them on Grand Final Day.”

The Hawks, looking for their 11th flag, will be comforted by the return of Captain Luke Hodge.

In Sydney the Swans closed the doors of the SCG for their final training session.

The club confirming key defender Ted Richards will be fit and ready.

Ted Richards, Swans Defender: “Yeah, rolled the ankle last weekend and was a little sore after the game but a couple days later it was back fine. I’m fully training today so it’s all good.”

Richards says he’s ready to face the greatest challenge of his career, a Grand Final battle with superstar forward Buddy Franklin.

His teammates don’t envy Richards.

Jude Bolton, Swans Midfielder: “Whoever gets Buddy is obviously, God I’m glad I don’t have to line-up on him. He’s extremely quick and strong.”

The stage is set for AFL’s biggest match.

David De Witt, QUT News.