The Hawks coach wants some of the Dockers’ guns to play for him during the International Rules Series in November.
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson wants Fremantle’s stars to play for him during the International Rules Series, but concedes he’ll need help from the All-Australian selection panel.
Clarkson watched his side lose to the Dockers by 19-points at Patersons Stadium yesterday, a result which sees Hawthorn drop to third on the AFL ladder.
The Fremantle quartet of Nat Fyfe, Michael Barlow, Stephen Hill and David Mundy were pivotal in the Dockers’ win, dominating Hawthorn’s midfield in the second half of the match.
Clarkson was clearly impressed with Fremantle’s stars, and said he hoped they would be available for him to select when he takes charge of Australia’s International Rules side to face Ireland on November 22.
Only players who have earned All-Australian selections at some point in their career are eligible to play for Australia, and Clarkson hopes the All-Australian selection panel do him some favours.
“That’s not my job, to pick the All Australians, but gee they’re good players and they’ve had good years,” Clarkson said on Sunday night.
“Particularly Fyfe and Ballantyne, they’ve had super years, and Mundy has been as consistent as ever.
“I hope like all buggery that Nat Fyfe makes All Australian so that we can select him because he’s a great player.
“Mundy and those type of guys who are really good players and would be really well suited to playing International Rules, particularly in their home state here and on their home deck.”
Australia takes on Ireland at Patersons Stadium in Perth on November 22.