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While he skipped training on Friday because of an upset stomach, coach Brad Scott is expected to return for North Melbourne’s final NAB Challenge clash against Hawthorn.
Scott had to bypass a scheduled press conference because of illness but Darren Crocker, the director of coaching, says he should be fine come Saturday night’s match at Etihad Stadium.
“The doctor has been out to see him. He’s taken whatever he needs to so he can recover and full steam ahead,” Crocker said.
“The more important thing was for him to stay away from the players so he doesn’t infect any of them and cost them their preparation.”
Daniel Wells will fine-tune his preparation for the home-and-away campaign by playing a full game.
Wells has built momentum through the pre-season and shown good glimpses of speed and form when he returned against Collingwood last weekend.
Crocker said Wells would be able to complete a full game in the third and final official pre-season hit-out.
The Hawks are keen to give game time to class forward Jack Gunston, who had battled a shin problem through the pre-season.
Gunston’s return means only Jarryd Roughead, of the Hawks’ 2015 premiership side still at the club, has not been selected to face the Roos, although Jordan Lewis could be a late withdrawal.
“Jack is ready to go. He’s had a really good week on the training track, so we’re looking forward to him getting some valuable game time and getting some synergy with the forwards that are in the mix [for round one],” assistant coach Cameron Bruce said.
The Hawks are still debating who will fill Roughead’s spot come the season opener against Geelong but the return of Gunston will ensure they again have arguably their best attacking weapon. Gunston booted a team-high 57 goals last season – five more than Luke Breust and seven more than Roughead.
Skipper Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Shaun Burgoyne, Isaac Smith and Breust will be among those taking to the field, while youngsters Billy Hartung and Jono O’Rourke will have another chance to impress.
Lewis, however, had scans on Friday, although Bruce would not divulge what was wrong, other than declaring he would be fit for round one.
Cyril Rioli has also been named, having overcome a corked calf during the heavy loss to Richmond.
“They’ll [the senior players] be playing the majority of the game. Most sides are going in with a full dress-rehearsal outlook,” Bruce said.
“We’ll be looking forward to those guys playing good quality game time, getting used to what’s coming up for the season ahead.”
Will Langford, having overcome rope burn during a family boating incident in Tasmania, will return through the VFL.
The Roos will also have a strong squad but playmaker Shaun Higgins and defender Robbie Tarrant will miss.
Tarrant is nursing a “niggle to his back”, while Higgins is back training, having required minor knee surgery. He had been among the Kangaroos’ best in their opening NAB Challenge match against St Kilda.
“At a push we could put them out there but we believe with a weekend off next weekend, we can get some really good training into both those guys and get them cherry ripe for round one,” Crocker said.
Hawthorn Hawks: Jordan Lewis, Billy Hartung, Sam Mitchell, Josh Gibson, Ben McEvoy, Taylor Duryea, Shaun Burgoyne, Bradley Hill, Brendan Whitecross, James Frawley, Jonathan O’Rourke, Grant Birchall, Luke Hodge, Isaac Smith, Angus Litherland, Jonathon Ceglar, Jack Gunston, James Sicily, Luke Breust, Ben Stratton, Ryan Schoenmakers, Liam Shiels, Paul Puopolo, Kaiden Brand, Cyril Rioli, Blake Hardwick, Daniel Howe.
North Melbourne Kangaroos: Jed Anderson, Ben Jacobs, Lachlan Hansen, Jack Ziebell, Daniel Wells, Andrew Swallow, Ben Cunnington, Michael Firrito, Lindsay Thomas, Ryan Clarke, Nick Dal Santo, Scott Thompson, Aaron Mullett, Shaun Atley, Sam Wright, Drew Petrie, Luke McDonald, Todd Goldstein, Taylor Garner, Brent Harvey, Jarrad Waite, Mason Wood, Jamie MacMillan, Aaron Black, Joel Tippett, Sam Gibson, Ben Brown.