Swans and Hawthorn to contest Marn Grook Trophy

May 22, 2017

The Swans meet their old rivals Hawthorn on Friday night at the SCG with the two teams to battle it out for the annual Marn Grook Trophy.

The match honour the Indigenous roots of Australian football and recognises the valuable contribution of past players to the game.

Traditionally contested between Sydney and Essendon, the trophy has recently been awarded to the winner of the Club’s Indigenous Round match each season.

The Swans have won the trophy on 11 occasions since its inception in 2002, the latest was against North Melbourne in last season's clash at the SCG. Goodes and fellow Sydney Swans champion Michael O'Loughlin will be honoured at this year's Indigenous Round game.

Friday night's fixture is just one of nine games which will form part of the AFL's Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round and shapes as a pivotal clash for the Swans who have got their season back on track with three straight wins.

Vice-captain Luke Parker knows how important this match is: “We want to get on a roll and we know the football that stands up week after week, which is what we bought in the second half.” 

“The confidence is up and we know what stands up. It is a shame we have to play some catch up but hopefully we get on a roll. We will try to keep ticking boxes and keep the ball rolling.”

Experienced trio Josh Kennedy, Luke Parker and Dan Hannebery have returned to some impressive form but the Swans will be forced to contend without midfielder Harry Cunningham. Gates open at 5.50pm for a 7.50pm bounce on Friday. Tickets can be purchased here.

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