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By Peter Argent (at the 2013 AFL Grand Final)

Both Premiership Defender and Forward Jack Gunston enjoyed the euphoria of AFL premiership glory last Saturday in the Hawks 15 point triumph over Fremantle.

enjoyed the euphoria of AFL premiership glory last Saturday in the Hawks 15 point triumph over Fremantle.
They were a part of a Hawthorn side, which kept the Dockers to one first half goal and finally tasted the sweet scent of victory, surviving
Fremantle's third quarter comeback.    
Each has a strong connection with the Ponderosa. 
Guerra was a member of the Bulldogs first three titles, the historic initial glory of 2000 under Peter Jonas and the '01 and '03 successes before moving back to Victoria to further his career. 
After a couple of seasons with the Saints, Central District 2001 premiership coach, and now Hawthorn mentor Alastair Clarkson secured Guerra in the pre-season draft prior to 2006 campaign. 
Now he is a 255-game AFL footballer and a dual premiership player in the 'brown and gold". 
"I should have put up five fingers instead of two," Guerra said to CDFC.com, when his photo was taken. 
Coming to the Bulldogs in the mini draft after being selected by the Crows Jack Gunstan started on a wing in the 2010 six-point SANFL victory over Norwood. 
Considered unlucky in many circles, the most potent forward on the ground with  four goals, Gunstan finished second in the Norm Smith medal (best on
ground) voting, with 11, one behind the eventual winner and another South
Australian, Brian Lake.      
Central District have an interesting link with the Hawks. 
Local lad and Inaugural premiership player with the Bulldogs (SANFL) and Power (AFL), Stuart Dew played in the 2008 success.
Club legend and current member of the coach staff John Platten played in four day and four night premierships with the Hawks starting from 1986.  enjoyed the euphoria of AFL premiership glory last Saturday in the Hawks 15 point triumph over Fremantle.

They were a part of a Hawthorn side, which kept the Dockers to one first half goal and finally tasted the sweet scent of victory, surviving Fremantle's third quarter comeback.    

Each has a strong connection with the Ponderosa. 

Guerra was a member of the Bulldogs first three titles, the historic initial glory of 2000 under Peter Jonas and the '01 and '03 successes before moving back to Victoria to further his career. 

After a couple of seasons with the Saints, Central District 2001 premiership coach, and now Hawthorn mentor Alastair Clarkson secured Guerra in the pre-season draft prior to 2006 campaign. 

Now he is a 255-game AFL footballer and a dual premiership player in the 'brown and gold". 

"I should have put up five fingers instead of two," Guerra said to www.CDFC.com.au, when his photo was taken. 

Coming to the Bulldogs in the mini draft after being selected by the Crows Jack Gunston started on a wing in the 2010 six-point SANFL victory over Norwood. 

Considered unlucky in many circles, the most potent forward on the ground in the AFL Grand Final with  four goals, Gunston finished second in the Norm Smith medal (best on ground) voting, with 11, one behind the eventual winner and another South Australian, Brian Lake.      

Central District have an interesting link with the Hawks. 

In addition to Guerra, Gunston and Clarkson, local lad and Inaugural premiership player with the Bulldogs (SANFL) and Power (AFL), Stuart Dew played in the Hawks 2008 AFL success.

Club legend and current member of the coaching staff John Platten played in four VFL/AFL day and four VFL/AFL night premierships with the Hawks starting from 1986 (his time at Hawthorn included a Brownlow Medal in 1987). 

CDFC Club stalwarts and icons Scott Lee, Robert "Chopper" Handley and Rudi Makemaker were each recruited from Hawthorn to Centrals in the mid to late 1980's.

Brent Guerra after the match on Saturday. His second AFL Premiership Medallion to go with his 3 SANFL ones
Jack Gunston after the match on Saturday. The Hawk was close to best on ground
Gunston with the SANFL Thomas Seymour Hill Trophy in 2010
 
Pictures CDFC Sponsor and Freelance Photojournalist Peter Argent/PLA Media

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