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John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Suspended Barker suspended for two - Sat 18/6, 6:43PM
NEWS: John Barker accepted a two match penalty for an incident in round 12 with Brendon Goddard. ANALYSIS: Barker had missed the previous five games with injury. He would be struggling to make any fantasy side for the rest of the year.
John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Injured Barker does quad, out for four - Fri 13/5, 5:00PM
NEWS: After two marks, two kicks and a goal in round 6 against the Blues, John Barker pulled up with a tear in his quadricep muscle which will sideline him for around four weeks. ANALYSIS: The poor old bugger can't take a trick. Barker had had four solid weeks of modest but pleasing fantasy production, and now this. Fantasy coaches will wonder whether to keep him on the bench during his lay-off or just drop him altogether.
John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Sore Round 1 hope for Barker - Thu 17/3, 7:10PM
NEWS: stated that John Barker will be available for round 1 against Sydney despite injuring his hamstring in a practice match against the Dockers. ANALYSIS: This is better news for the aging forward, considering what good form he was in in the preseason. However, those hammies are chronically prone to injury, so draft him with caution.
John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Injured Injury haunts Barker - Sun 27/2, 7:19AM
NEWS: John Barker played only nine minutes of a practice match before being injured in a contest with Dion Woods of the Dockers. The Herald-Sun described it as a hamstring injury. The Age quoted coach Alastair Clarkson as saying Barker would be "available for round one". ANALYSIS: This is terrible news. Just as Barker had started to look so impressive against the Saints in the Wizard Cup, he succumbs to the same injury that has so hampered him in recent years. Draft Barker with extreme caution, if at all.
John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Hot Back to form for Barker - Sun 27/2, 3:31AM
NEWS: John Barker recalled his stellar 2001 form in the first round of the Wizard Cup against the Saints, roaming across half-forward to snare 21 touches, 9 marks and a goal. ANALYSIS: If Barker can sustain this he will be a very valuable commodity, but his body is getting old and there are no guarantees on his aging muscles.
John Barker, Hawthorn Forward
Barker to share load - Sun 30/1, 5:34PM
NEWS: John Barker was named along with Ben Dixon as the two "focal points" in the forward line for the Hawks by new coach Alastair Clarkson. ANALYSIS: Barker has suffered from too many injuries in the long years since his stellar 2001 season. If he stays fit, he could be one of the few worthwhile Hawthorn forwards in 2005, but don't count on it.