Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane says the Crows have the belief they can beat Hawthorn... (Michelangelo Rucci for The Advertiser).

Adelaide midfielder Rory Sloane says the Crows have the belief they can beat Hawthorn. (Michelangelo Rucci for The Advertiser).

HAWTHORN half-back Brent Guerra is continuing to do everything he can to be fit in time for the Grand Final, should the Hawks make it... (Mark Macgugan for afl.com.au).

HAWTHORN half-back Brent Guerra is continuing to do everything he can to be fit in time for the Grand Final, should the Hawks make it... (Mark Macgugan for afl.com.au).

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his club will benefit in the finals from becoming less dependent on superstar Lance Franklin... (AAP)

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his club will benefit in the finals from becoming less dependent on superstar Lance Franklin.

HAWTHORN ace Luke Hodge's wife Lauren was the one who removed any doubt about him playing in Saturday's AFL Grand Final... (Bruce Matthews for Perth Now).

HAWTHORN ace Luke Hodge's wife Lauren was the one who removed any doubt about him playing in Saturday's AFL Grand Final. (Bruce Matthews for Perth Now). - god bless you Mrs Hodge.

ADELAIDE defender Michael Doughty's performance on Fremantle livewire Hayden Ballantyne is likely to earn him the role of trying to quell Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli in Saturday's preliminary final... (Paul Daffey for afl.com.au).

ADELAIDE defender Michael Doughty's performance on Fremantle livewire Hayden Ballantyne is likely to earn him the role of trying to quell Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli in Saturday's preliminary final... (Paul Daffey for afl.com.au).

Read Mark Macgugan's preview of Hawthorn v Collingwood for afl.com.au.

Hawthorn and Collingwood square off in the first qualifying final on Friday Sept,

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has disclosed how the Hawks have targeted fast starts... (Kim Hagdorn for SportsNewsFirst)

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge has disclosed how the Hawks have targeted fast starts. (Kim Hagdorn for SportsNewsFirst)

The football world has Hawthorn a near-certainty to win this preliminary final clash, and with good reason... (Mark Macgugan and Harry Thring for afl.com.au)

The football world has Hawthorn a near-certainty to win this preliminary final clash, and with good reason... (Mark Macgugan and Harry Thring for afl.com.au)

Matt Murnane assesses the defensive and offensive match-ups (for Real Footy).

In a three-part series that examines where the preliminary finals will be won and lost, Matt Murnane assesses the defensive and offensive match-ups.

Hawks ruckman David Hale yesterday said his team was confident it had the game plan to again dislodge the Magpies... (Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane for The Age)

Hawks ruckman David Hale yesterday said his team was confident it had the game plan to again dislodge the Magpies. (Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane for The Age)

The line “the most even season since” has been repeated ad nauseam from punters and pundits alike throughout 2012... (Cameron Rose via The Roar).

The line “the most even season since” has been repeated ad nauseam from punters and pundits alike throughout (Cameron Rose via The Roar).

NJURIES to Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra and Fremantle backman Luke McPharlin have opened the door for teammates... (Ben Guthrie for afl.com.au)

NJURIES to Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra and Fremantle backman Luke McPharlin have opened the door for teammates... (Ben Guthrie for afl.com.au)

MRP report: finals week one... (via afl.com.au).

Week 3 fixture confirmed by the AFL.

FINALISTS beware: Lance Franklin says he has a lot of improvement left in him this September... (Matt Windley for Herald Sun).

FINALISTS beware: Lance Franklin says he has a lot of improvement left in him this September. (Matt Windley for Herald Sun).

Relieved Guerra gets his medal back... (Gilbert Gardiner for Fox Sports).

Relieved Guerra gets his medal back. (Gilbert Gardiner for Fox Sports).

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is confident he'll be ready for Saturday's AFL grand final after recovering from a stomach virus... (Sky News).

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is confident he'll be ready for Saturday's AFL grand final after recovering from a stomach virus. (Sky News).

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