There was a lot of elation about winning the game, then when we found out the information about Brendan, that did sober things a little bit, Fagan said. Definitely the boys were pretty sad for him, but I think in another sort of way it’s made their resolve stronger this week to win the game for him. Whitecross was Hawthorn’s substitute and entered play in the third term as a tactical replacement for ruckman Max Bailey. He will have surgery delayed by at least a week to remain involved with his teammates in the lead-up to the grand final. He has always been considered a young leader within our playing group and he will play an important role in our team over the next week. Fagan said on the weekend. Fagan reinforced coach Alastair Clarkson’s post-match comments that the side had further improvement after consecutive preliminary final wins by five points. There’s a big upside,Wholesale Frank Gore Jersey, he said on Melbourne radio station SEN. Certainly we had some of our really good players a little bit down on what their capable of. So that’s a positive. The other thing is, if you look at the number of set shots we missed – we had 10 more shots at goal on the night – it ought of been possible to win the game a little bit easier than we actually did. Fagan said a repeat of wayward kicking for goal could prove costly in the grand final, as it did last year against the Swans when the Hawks recorded 26 scoring shots to Sydney’s 21,Vic courts tougher on family violence, but lost by 10 points. In the last quarter (against Geelong), it was 12 shots to two (1.1), again for four goals, eight (points). So we can’t do that again this week,Vernon Davis #85 Jersey, we have to take our chances when they come. Fagan agreed with midfielder Brad Sewell’s comments a day earlier that the Hawks’ previous grand final experience would be a deciding factor against a club playing in its first decider. This is our third grand final now in six years and a lot of our guys have been involved in all of those, so there’s some wise heads among the group that will be able to help our younger players, Fagan said. So,Wholesale 49ers T-Shirts, I definitely think it’s an advantage. We were so disappointed last year, we always knew after we lost last year that it’s a long way back to get another opportunity, so we’ve been able to achieve that and we’re very much looking forward to the game on Saturday. Meanwhile, Hawks fullback Brian Lake is rapt simply to be playing in the decider. The 217-game veteran is trying to tell himself it’s just another week as he prepares to complete a remarkable first year with the club, which he joined after 11 seasons with the Western Bulldogs. Three times Lake played in losing preliminary-final sides with the Bulldogs, and the South Australian usually spends grand final day having a few beers with his mates. It’s a little bit surreal still, he said yesterday. You could say the plan has gone to script so far but there’s still one week to go. I’m going to enjoy the week. The kids at home, they’re pretty excited for the parade (on Friday).