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Miss one, nab one? Hawks back in father-son mix

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HAWTHORN will miss out on potential No.1 pick Noah Anderson as a father-son selection, but could break their long drought with first access to improving midfield prospect Finn Maginness.

The Hawks have not had a father-son pick since they drafted Josh Kennedy in 2006, and have had only three in their history.  

Anderson, playing for the Oakleigh Chargers, and Maginness, from the Sandringham Dragons, went head-to-head in the NAB League clash between their clubs on Saturday.

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Maginness, the son of two-time Hawthorn premiership player Scott, is a 187cm midfielder. He gathered 22 disposals and booted a goal for the Dragons in their win over the Chargers, while Anderson had 19 touches and kicked two goals.

Anderson's father Dean is a Hawks premiership teammate of Maginness - who played 131 VFL/AFL matches - although Noah is ineligible for the Hawks (and Saints where Dean also played) as he didn't play 100 games for either club.

Some clubs have been impressed enough by Maginness to rate him inside the top-25 in the early stages of this season. The 18-year-old has played as an inside midfielder early in this year but is also adept as being a run-and-carry option.  

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"He spent 10 days with Hawthorn and they were rapt with him. The feedback we got from them was that he was comfortable within the group and everything they chucked at him he took it as a challenge," said Sandringham Dragons talent manager Mark Wheeler.

"His body's ready to play VFL now."

Maginness missed out on selection in Vic Metro's under-18 Academy squad when it was picked last year but has used that disappointment to fuel his 2019 campaign.

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"That was something that really saw him strive a lot harder and he took the feedback on. He'd be the hardest trainer I've seen. He leaves no stone unturned to try and make sure he gets the best out of his body," Wheeler said.

"He's an exceptional leader and every time he's training he's tried to improve himself."

Hawthorn will also have access to Gippsland Power prospect Harry Pepper, who falls into their reach as a Next Generation Academy player.

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The indigenous half-forward has speed and agility, and has also played as a wingman and across half-back.

He has booted five goals in the opening three rounds of the NAB League season for the Power.