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Hawk ready for 'Reg'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Geelong Cats players celebrate a Tom Hawkins goal during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)
Tom Hawkins has been in great form in recent weeks

Tom Hawkins is looking forward to another tough battle against Sydney Swans key defender Heath Grundy in Friday night's preliminary final.

"He well and truly got me earlier in the year down at Simonds Stadium, so I'm looking forward to that match-up," Hawkins said on the MMM Hot Breakfast program.

Hawkins is feeling fresh after having last weekend off, and he looked upbeat when the Cats hit the training track on Wednesday morning.

"It's been a funny build-up this year, with the break after round 23, but it's certainly an exciting time of year," he said.

"When we were in this position last time it was certain, personnel-wise, a lot different.

"So it's an exciting new challenge for us."

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