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Hawthorn to use slushie machine to combat heat in Saturday’s AFL grand final against West Coast

Hawthorn will trial a slushie machine on its players this week, with plans to use frozen Gatorade as a rehydration tool during the grand final.

The temperature is set to reach as much as 30 degrees in Melbourne on Saturday as the Hawks chase their third straight premiership at the MCG.

Hawthorn dietitian Simone Austin told 3AW Afternoons it presented a new challenge for the club and players.

So they’re trying something different.

‘It’s quite unexpected for this time of year,’ she said.

‘We don’t want to change too much in terms of what we would normally do for a game and lucky enough it’s not too hot all week.

‘But on Thursday at training we will try out the slushies, because we haven’t done them before and we don’t want it to be brand new on Saturday.

‘Otherwise they might focus more on the slushies than the game.’

Ms Austin also gave an insight into what the Hawks would be eating in the lead up to their clash with West Coast and the different nutrition habits of players.

‘I’m probably not allowed to have favourites, but Cyril is one of my favourites,’ she confessed.

‘He’s very honest about his diet.

‘He loves his mandarins at half-time.’

LISTEN: Hawthorn’s dietitian joins Denis and Karen Inge on 3AW

You can hear dietitian Karen Inge talk nutrition with Denis Walter every Tuesday from 1pm.