History beckons Hawthorn when they take on West Coast in Saturday’s AFL grand final but defender Josh Gibson says claiming a third straight flag is the last thing on their minds.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Hawks’ final training session on Thursday, Gibson said his side’s sole focus was on defeating the Eagles.
“For us it’s about finishing off 2015, we’ve worked so hard to get here and we want to play another good four quarters on grand final day,” Gibson said.
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“We don’t talk about the three-peat.
“Each year you rock up and you put the previous one behind you and focus on having a really good campaign.
“I know that myself and the rest of the group are hungry, we’re motivated and driven. This is what we play footy for and it doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past.”
The fitness of Jack Gunston and Luke Hodge has been the big talking point this week but the pair joined their teammates and moved freely in the 55-minute session held in front of 5000 fans.
Coach Alastair Clarkson barely had his players move at anything more than half pace but the session was completed without mishap.
Gibson and his teammates in the back half will have their hands full with the potent Eagles forward line, led by Coleman medallist Josh Kennedy.
James Frawley is the front runner to get the job on Kennedy but Gibson said it wouldn’t just be left to the former Demon.
“The key to beating a good forward line is team defence – all six working together,” he said.
“You can’t just rely on one guy to do the role.
“Someone will get to start on him but the other five guys that are around will have to help out because he’s so dangerous.”