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One day to go: Final preparations

One day to go: Goal-kicking Some of the boys work on some goal-kicking ahead of Friday night's Qualifying Final against Geelong.
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After enjoying thei day off yesterday, the players returned to the Ricoh Centre on Thursday morning to go through their final prepations for Friday night's Qualifying Final.

The day began with Alastair Clarkson addressing the media in his usual pre-game press conference.

Clarkson ruled out superboot Matt Suckling from the clash due to a knee injury, while he said the Hawks will test Cyril Rioli's hanstring in the next two weeks.

With the sun shining and the smell of finals well and truly in the air, the boys hit the track in front of a strong crowd for their final training session.

In a light run, the players began with some kick-to-kick before a jog to warm up. They then moved the ball from one end to the other before ending the session with goal kicking practice.


Liam Shiels prepares to play his 100th career game in a big final.



Brian Lake looks to have shrugged off his corkie as he trains with his teammates.


Always smiling, Isaac Smith was enjoying the sunshine.


Another milestone man this week, Brad Sewell will play his 200th game.


Josh Gibson in action during the session.


Ben Stratton hits the track as he aims to prove his fitness at the team's final session.


The goal kicking style of 51-goal forward, Jack Gunston.


Paul Puopolo leans back and shoots for goal.


All smiles as the Hawks embark on another finals campaign.


Luke Breust pretends his footy is an NFL ball at the end of the session.