The big game, one of them, at any rate, in AFL Round 9 will be the meeting tonight betwixt the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans.

Hawthorn will play host to the Swans at MCG.

Josh Kennedy will be back on the ground now that he has sufficiently recovered from his hamstring injury and Ben McGlynn was selected as well, as he trained well during the week after missing action with a leg injury. Cyril Rioli will be back on the ground for Sydney after he left the side to see to an ill family member.

Gold Coast will go into its match with Adelaide lacking Gary Ablett, Adam Saad, Aaron Hall and Touk Miller, the four men dealing with injuries that literally go head-to-toe, from Ablett’s concussion to Miller’s ankle. Two other players were omitted and five coming into a Giants’ side that was obliterated 149 – 48 last week by GWS. They trail Adelaide by only one in the win column, yet find themselves five spots back on the ladder at this juncture.

Brisbane is another QLD team that has been forced to make wholesale changes that reveals six confirmed changes and as many as nine potential inclusions after losing in embarrassing 143 – 65 fashion to 15th ranked Richmond.