Hawks message for wayward Freo
Hawks message for wayward Freo

Hawthorn want to send a message that they don't rely on a handful of players to kick goals when they play Fremantle at Patersons Stadium tomorrow.

The Hawks will enter the game without Coleman medallist Jarryd Roughead and star crumber Cyril Rioli, while a question mark hangs over Jack Gunston.

But half-forward Luke Breust said Hawthorn had showed in the past they could score heavily when big names were missing.

"We have noticed in the past that when those guys have been out that other guys step up and take the responsibility to kick the goal," Breust said.

"We share the footy well and that makes it very unpredictable for an opposition defence. That can only be a good thing for us.

"Matty Spangher is an option for us even though he's been playing back. Ryan Schoenmakers has been there, David Hale is back in, there's Paul Puopolo and myself as well as the resting midfielders who have continued to kick goals.

"Isaac Smith is having a great season, Liam Shiels kicks goals and Jordan Lewis can kick goals.

"There's a lot of guys who can roll through there so hopefully we'll continue to be dangerous and put the Freo defence under pressure."

Hawthorn are the best attacking team this season, while Fremantle are the second-best defensive team.

Breust has kicked 49.8 this year as he closes in on 50 goals in a season for the first time.

His accuracy has been crucial but he's not the only Hawk who rarely misses.

Hawthorn's accuracy has been decisive in several close games.

Fremantle lost to Geelong last week after missing easy set shots early and tougher ones late, including David Mundy's long shot after the siren.

Breust said Hawthorn placed a huge priority on goal kicking after losing the 2012 grand final.

The Hawks kicked 11.15 that day but converted crucial shots in last year's grand final when Fremantle booted 8.14.

Breust said goal-kicking conversion was now a key part of their game and the Hawks were annoyed that they kicked 6.5 from set shots last week.

"Even in the sessions where we can't do a lot on our legs and train, getting the 10-15 shots in per session helps," he said.

"It's hard to replicate 80,000 people at the MCG but the more practice you get, the more it comes to you on game day and you've got a higher chance of nailing those shots."

The West Australian

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