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High flyer Sam Hanna confident the Dogs can make finals.

By Ella Watson

After a solid effort this year at half back Sam Hanna is quickly cementing his place as a crowd favourite.
Hanna’s trade mark ‘hair style' helps him stand out on the field, but it is his ability to jump high and take spectacular over head marks that is really impressing the crowd this year.
“When I was playing juniors I used to take a lot of over head marks then when I first got here I wasn’t really confident, slowly I was taking a couple here and there until I got better at it.”
“I’m pretty confident marking now, but when it doesn’t go my way I cop a bit of a spray.”
Labelled as a reliable player by the club Hanna plays multiple roles and shows skill at half back, wing and half forward, but prefers playing half back because he gets more of the ball. 
Originally from Gumeracha Football Club Hanna played some Junior Football at Norwood Football club before heading back to the Country.
“I was really excited, going from Norwood back to my local club (Gumeracha) and staying there for a little while I didn’t think I was going to get another opportunity until Centrals rang me up, it was really exciting.”
“I played juniors at Norwood coming from there to here it was completely different, everyone was getting around me.”
“Best bunch of blokes, they are always good to be around.”
Despite fitting into the team well Hanna admits the season has not been without problems.
Centrals are sitting sixth on the ladder heading into this weekend.
In order to make finals the Dogs need to win the next two games against Glenelg at home this weekend and South at Hickinbotham Oval in round 19. 
“We have to win our last two games; we are against South in the last game so it could come down to that.” 
“We have high expectations, we thought we would be making finals, we still have a good chance, but it’s not where we wanted to be.”
“We need to get our skills a bit better; our forward entries have been a bit poor.”
When asked can you make the finals Hanna replied: “Yes we definitely can.”
When not talking about finals another hot topic of conversation around the club is Hanna’s hair and the 'man bun' he sports during the week, although he is surprised he hasn’t copped as much grief as he thought.  
“Travis Schiller and I are having a bet to see who cuts their hair first.”
A memorable moment for Hanna this season was last week’s Club Gala Dinner, he was really heartened by the amount of support the players, staff and supporters showed for the club.
 “Centrals supporters are really good they always get around us, very supportive.”
On field a moment that has stuck with Hanna was last season in a game against Port Adelaide Kyle Jenner’s spectacular goal in the dying minutes of the game sealed the Bulldogs win against the Pies.  
When he’s not training Hanna works hard on his family’s farm and helps run footy clinics at the club.
Dad Ian ‘Scruff’ Hanna played 200 games for West Torrens Football Club and is proud of his son playing in the SANFL.
“He rings me after every game and tells me how I went.”
“He only puts out a few positives, when he does that I know he’s in a good mood and that I must have played well.”
Although Hanna admits their playing style is very different.
“He was a short tough midfielder and I’m fairly tall and athletic.” 
Hanna is placed to play against Glenelg on Saturday in what is set to be a tough game in the race for finals.

 
 
Hanna, kicking out from a behind in a trial game this year. #anotherargentimage
 
 
Taking a strong mark against North.   #anotherargentimage
 
 
Flying against Westies early in 2015.   Picture by Michael Young Photography
 
 
In traffic against North on June 20 2015.    #anotherargentimage
 
 
 On the last line of defence against the Bays on Friday Night April 17.    #anotherargentimage

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