Geelong’s Tom Hawkins misses training session with sore throat ahead of grand final

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Geelong's Tom Hawkins misses training session with sore throat ahead of grand final

Geelong insists Tom Hawkins will be fit to play in the AFL grand final against Richmond despite the Coleman medallist missing Tuesday’s training session through illness.

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Hawkins, who kicked two goals in the Cat’s 40-point win over Brisbane in last Saturday night’s preliminary final, was instructed by club officials to stay away from teammates after feeling unwell.

The power forward has a sore throat, an ailment believed to have been passed on by one of his children.

The Cats said he was required to isolate under COVID-19 protocols.

The Cats will hold their main training session in Southport on Wednesday ahead of Saturday night’s grand final at the Gabba, and Patrick Dangerfield said he expected Hawkins to take part.

“I haven’t seen him (Hawkins) today but I’m not too concerned,” he said.

“We all trained in separate groups today but our main session is tomorrow night and I’m sure he’ll be out there.”

Hawkins kicked two goals in the Cats’ win over the Lions in the preliminary final.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Geelong players trained in small groups on Tuesday in what was termed a “craft session”.

Hawkins’s young family is staying with him at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, where a small group of Geelong players with families are based.

The majority of the Cats’ travelling party is based a few kilometres away at a hotel next to their Southport Sharks training ground.

Meanwhile, Matt Stevic, Simon Meredith and Craig Fleer have been selected as the field umpires for the grand final.

Stevic, a 400-match veteran, will officiate his eighth grand final and his fifth in a row.

Meredith will umpire his sixth season decider and Fleer will make his grand final debut.

Boundary umpires Michael Marantelli (three grand finals), Ian Burrows (eight), Matthew Konetschka (two) and Matthew Tomkins (three) all have experience in officiating grand finals.

Goal umpire Matthew Dervan will officiate his first grand final alongside Steven Piperno.

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