The Hawks injury list is shortening rapidly and appear to be the looking the goods in the run home to the finals.
Cameron Bruce also got through unscathed in the VFL on the weekend; as did Jordan Lisle and Riley Milne, who both impressed.
But Suckling’s lethal left foot will be a handy inclusion against the Dockers this week in a match that is important to the Hawks after being knocked out of last year’s finals series against the same time on the same ground.
“He (Suckling) freed up towards the end of last week, but he hadn’t participated in all of the training earlier in the week when we were doing the full-blown skills,” Hawks football operations general manager Mark Evans told hawthornfc.com.au on Wednesday morning.
“Because we had some extra players available it was a no-risk policy with him.”
Bateman’s return means it will be his first AFL match since round 15 against Collingwood.
“He was pretty close last weekend, so he’s ready to play now,” Evans said.
“He had a pretty solid week of training last week, and rather than backing that up with a full game he probably needed that extra week just to make sure he was right to go.”