IT WAS a "fitting farewell" for Hawthorn captain Ben Stratton and premiership forward Paul Puopolo as both hit the scoreboard in a huge win over Gold Coast.
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Puopolo kicked two of his three goals in the first quarter, while Stratton headed forward late in the last term and kicked his first goal since his 17th game, back in round 19, 2010.
"Stratts' first and second goals were 11 (sic) years apart so that was pretty special for his teammates, special for him, special for his partner Laura who was watching in the stands today," Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.
Clarkson was seen on the sidelines trying to get Stratton back to defence after his goal but was overruled.
"I yelled out straight after 'Stratts' kicked that goal that we should swap him back because I don't think he was going to get another one, but it was a bit of fun," Clarkson said.
With Hawthorn's list set to split up all over Australia across the next few days, Clarkson says his side has already started conducting exit interviews but it was difficult to determine what would happen without clarity on what list sizes for 2021.
"We'll have players and staff leaving in the next two to three days," Clarkson said.
"Those ones that were going early, we've already done our exit stuff with some of those guys."
Gold Coast will also begin making some list changes as its season also draws to a close.
"If we know what a player's future looks like regardless of list sizes we'll make sure that we tell them and give them that courtesy so they can move on to the next stage," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.
"There might be some that we won't be able to give clarity."
As to the extent of changes, Dew couldn't pinpoint how many decisions would need to be made.
"It's not going to be a massive outtake, it's going to be a fair few."