HAWTHORN has named a squad brimming with premiership stars as it ramps up preparations for Round 1.
The Hawks played a young side against Collingwood in last week’s NAB Challenge opener but will take a much different side into the second game against North Melbourne in Shepparton on Sunday.
Skipper Luke Hodge has been named to play his first game of the year alongside 18 of his premiership teammates, including Jarryd Roughead, Jordan Lewis and Bradley Hill who have been selected for their first hit-out after being named in last week’s squad but withdrawn prior to the game.
Cyril Rioli, Josh Gibson, Shaun Burgoyne, Brian Lake, Isaac Smith, Matthew Suckling and David Hale have also been included in the squad.
The Hawks will, meanwhile, get their first look at recruit Jonathan O’Rourke.
The former number two draft pick joined the Hawks via last year’s trade period, exchanged from GWS to Hawthorn for pick 18 in the national draft.
Veteran midfielder Sam Mitchell has been named in the 29-man squad after an outstanding performance in last week’s opener, where he was his side’s leading disposal winner with 28 touches.
Exciting youngster Jed Anderson has also been named after impressing in his return from shoulder surgery with 26 disposals and 10 inside 50s.
Hawthorn’s first pick in last year’s national draft, Daniel Howe, has been named for his second game with the club..
Considering Hawthorn has recalled a number of its premiership players for Sunday afternoon, it allows Brad Scott and the North coaching staff the opportunity to throw some players into different positions and test themselves against the cream of the crop.
Todd Goldstein will play his first game of the year against the Hawks, and his inclusion could provide a sneak peek of the club’s ruck combination to start 2015.
Majak Daw turned in an eye-catching performance against the Crows. His 24 hit-outs and 7 marks were more than anyone else on the ground, and his timing in contested situations was also impressive. However, that was largely while splitting time with Daniel Currie as the main ruckman for the day.
Other Roos that we’ll be getting a look at for the first time this year include Andrew Swallow, Scott Thompson, Michael Firrito and Sam Wright.
Nick Dal Santo, Shaun Higgins, Luke McDonald and Ben Brown are the most notable omissions from last week’s team, with Daniel Currie, Max Warren and Daniel Nielson also left out.
2. Brad McKenzie, 3. Ryan Bastinac, 5. Ben Jacobs, 7. Jack Ziebell, 8. Daniel Wells, 9. Andrew Swallow, 10. Ben Cunnington, 11. Michael Firrito, 12. Lindsay Thomas, 13. Leigh Adams, 14. Trent Dumont, 16. Scott Thompson, 18. Shaun Atley, 19. Sam Wright, 20. Drew Petrie, 22. Todd Goldstein, 24. Sam Durdin, 25. Robbie Tarrant, 28. Robin Nahas, 29. Brent Harvey, 30. Jarrad Waite, 32. Mason Wood, 34. Jamie Macmillan, 35. Aaron Black, 36. Joel Tippett, 38. Majak Daw, 40. Kayne Turner, 42. Scott McMahon, 43. Sam Gibson
2. Jarryd Roughead, 3. Jordan Lewis, 4. Matt Suckling, 5. Sam Mitchell, 6. Josh Gibson, 7. Ben McEvoy, 8. Taylor Duryea, 9. Shaun Burgoyne, 10. Bradley Hill, 12. James Frawley, 13. Jono O’Rourke, 15. Luke Hodge, 16. Isaac Smith, 17. Brian Lake, 18. Jonathan Ceglar, 19. Jack Gunston, 20. David Hale, 21. James Sicily, 22. Luke Breust, 24. Ben Stratton, 26. Liam Shiels, 28. Paul Puopolo, 31. Angus Litherland, 33. Cyril Rioli, 35. Sam Grimley, 37. Jed Anderson, 39. Alex Woodward, 40. Billy Hartung, 41. Daniel Howe
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