BRYCE Madden is hoping mother nature delivers in time for the centre to make his first appearance for Hamilton in a grand final.
Madden is in Canberra with his partner who was due to give birth to their first child on Wednesday.
The power-packed league convert has been in the nation’s capital, where his partner’s family are based, since Friday and missed training on Saturday and Tuesday.
“We are playing a waiting game with him,” Hamilton coach Scott Coleman said.
“Ideally, we would like him to be able to train Thursday but we will see what unfolds.”
Prop Pete Maxwell’s wife Jess is also heavily pregnant.
Tana Lauti, who was outstanding in last year’s grand final win over Wanderers, is a natural replacement for Madden, but is worth three points in the player-points-system and would take them to the maximum 24.
The other option is to move Sam Hayes from wing to centre and bring in either Ben Harriss or Sireli Bainivalu, who are worth zero points. That would allow Coleman to use Welsh prop Geraint Weaver off the bench.
Bainivalu hopes to get a clearance from his surgeon on Thursday to return from a broken finger.
“Sireli is 50-50 at this stage,” Coleman said.
“He broke it at training the Thursday before the last round, had surgery that night and has been in a splint since.”
The Hawks will enter the decider having played one game – a 53-17 win over Southern Beaches in the major semi-final – in 28 days.
“We did contact all last week and Saturday,” Coleman said. “I’m confident we have done enough work.”