HAWTHORN fans are hoping to celebrate the side’s third-straight AFL Premiership, when they meet West Coast at the MCG this afternoon.
A win will see the Hawks become just the fifth team to achieve the feat in the history of the game.
While the Eagles haven’t added to their trophy cabinet since 2006.
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Thousands of die hard fans arrived early at the game’s hallowed ground in hopes of snaring a last minute seat to the sold out showdown.
Both sides will be dealing with unusually hot conditions, with a top of 30 degrees forecast for Melbourne today. Previously, the hottest AFL grand final was played between Carlton and Hawthorn in 1987, when the mercury reached 30.7 and the Blues came away with the trophy.
The Hawks have made the only selection change, recalling Jack Gunston from injury.
Billy Hartung is the unlucky omission, but coach Alastair Clarkson has left the door slightly ajar for a possible late change.
While West Coast will go in with an unchanged line-up from last weekend’s 25-point preliminary final win over North Melbourne.
First bounce is at 2.30pm.