HAWTHORN star midfielder Brad Sewell says there is an unspoken sense of unfinished business about the Hawks.
They are not drawing on last season’s 10-point grand final loss to Sydney, but Sewell says it is in the back of their minds leading into this week’s premiership match against Fremantle.
“A grand final is an opportunity that doesn’t happen very often,” Sewell said.
“This year is certainly something new – that being said, while last year’s grand final hasn’t been addressed by the playing group this week our guys might be thinking about it.
“It doesn’t feel like that long ago.”
Sewell, who hails from Newlyn, was a member of the Hawks’ 2008 AFL premiership team and experienced the flip side of the league’s biggest day last year.
Like most of his teammates, Sewell is well versed in grand final preparations.
It is business as usual with the normal match review process yesterday and launch of preparations for their next assignment.
The key differences are the Brownlow Medal count, which Sewell attended last night, and the grand final parade through downtown Melbourne on Friday.
“It’s a really exciting week and you need to also enjoy it,” Sewell said.
“The crowds are awesome. We had 8000 people at our last training session for the club last year.
“The parade is fantastic. It is really special to see the amount of supporters lining the streets.
“It really is important for us to enjoy.”
Sewell looked forward to seeing Fremantle’s Purple Haze filling the MCG stands, saying it would make for a fantastic atmosphere on the day.
The Dockers have been playing a great brand of football and the Hawks had a fresh reminder how tough finals football can be, after a close call with Geelong in last Friday night’s preliminary final.
Hawthorn was 20 points down in the final term, and pulled off a thrilling five-point win after
Ceelong’s Travis Varcoe sprayed a shot on goal and lost the side’s
chance to send the match into overtime. Sewell said that as a player, it always felt like the Hawks were in touch at 20 points down, but it was
a game of quick-changing
Box Hill Hawks’ Victorian Football League premiership kicked off the Hawks’ momentum this week, which Sewell said was exciting, and now Hawthorn had to draw on the energy of their affiliate for a big week ahead.