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GAME DAY: Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium | 3AW Radio

Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell spoke to 3AW Football in the rooms.

Mitchell said he felt a bit lucky to come away with the win after a strong performance from the Dogs.

He said James Sicily is a player he’d love kicking for goal if his life depended on it.

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It loomed as an early contender for Match of the Season. It did not disappoint.

James Sicily – in his sixth game – nailed a critical set shot in the final minute to give Hawthorn a three-point win.

An ugly-looking knee injury to Rob Murphy late in the piece left a sour aftertaste to the entertaining affair.

Click play to hear from Richo and Lingy after the match

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Hawthorn leads by six points, but they were 32 points up early in the second term.

Sam Mitchell is having another day out; he’s had 18 touches. Grant Birchall has 17. Caleb Daniel (16 touches) was influential in turning the tide the Dogs’ way.

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Hawthorn development coach Chris Newman spoke to 3AW Football before the game.

He said the senior Hawks are helping develop the next crop of players.

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Bulldogs President CEO Peter Gordon told 3AW Football it’s a good time to be a Bulldog.

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It looms as an early contender for Match of the Season.

The Bulldogs have made a scintillating start to 2016, dispatching the Saints and Dockers seemingly with ease.

Emerging star Jason Johannisen has run-and-carried himself to an early lead in 3AW’s Player of the Season award.

The Hawks gave fans and pundits cause for concern with an underwhelming opening match, but bounced back to their best against the Eagles in Round 2.

Can the Dogs announce themselves as genuine contenders with a win over the reigning champs?

Or will the Hawks once again remind us they are the team to beat?

Find out with the best commentary team in the game on 3AW Football.

TODAY’S LINE-UP from 12PM: Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling, Tim Lane, Tony Leonard, Mick Warner, and Sam ‘Scoop’ McClure.

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