Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Another Langford Rising to Become a Hawk Hero

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Another Langford Rising to Become a Hawk Hero

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Byline: TERRY MALLINDER APN SPORTS BUREAU

TWENTY-five years ago, a Langford famously tried to stop an Ablett from winning one of the great VFL/AFL grand finals off his own boot against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Tonight, another Langford in the brown and gold looks set to try and prevent an Ablett from dictating the outcome of a contest, this time for four points, on the Gold Coast.

Will Langford, the son of champion fullback Chris, has become the Hawks' first-choice run-with player and should be charged with the task of stopping Suns skipper Gary Ablett who, of course, is the son of legendary Geelong forward Gary Snr.

It is arguably the biggest job in football -- a job for Superman, you could say, or his son.

With his chiselled features, square jaw and jet black hair, Chris was likened to the Man of Steel in his playing days. Will is physically a little smaller than his father -- and has blonde hair -- but they share the same appetite for the contest.

"Whether it's Ablett or not, the Suns have a lot of good midfielders," young Langford told APN this week.

"They've won seven of their past nine games at home and their midfield, as a unit, is a particularly potent weapon.

"To play on Ablett would be nice. He's a champion player and I'm sure I'd learn a lot, but I think a big part of the game will be how our midfield unit measures up against theirs.

"It's a good challenge for us against a very enthusiastic young side."

Langford was assigned the tagging duties on another son of a gun, Essendon's Jobe Watson, in round two, before restricting David Mundy to 20 touches in the Hawks' big win over Fremantle last week.

Ablett, meanwhile, recorded a round-high 38 disposals in the Suns' crushing victory over Brisbane.

Langford grew up in Sydney after his father moved there to work as an accountant. …

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