Coach – Alistair Clarkson
Points For – 11th
Points Against – 3rd
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- James Worpel
- Ricky Henderson
- Jaeger O’Meara
- James Sicily
- Blake Hardwick
2019 Rising Star Noms
Mitchell Lewis (Round 18)
Ins – Will Day, Finn Maginness, Josh Morris, Emerson Jeka, Sam Frost, Jon Patton, Michael Hartley
Outs – Grant Birchall, Kaiden Brand, Darren Minchington, David Mirra, Tim Mohr, Marc Pittonet, Jarryd Roughead, Ryan Schoenmakers
Hawthorn keep threatening to fall of the cliff but somehow it just never happens. Their outs again this year look better than the players they are bringing in but they have a system and somehow no matter who they bring in, it just seems to work. Eventually though, the continual weakening of their playing list has had an impact. They are no longer a challenger for the premiership but remain competitive.
The backline gets the job done every year and perform above the rest of the team. They benefit from an all team defensive philosophy. Frost will be an interesting addition this year because he has never struck me as an intelligent footballer but he will be relied on less than he was at Melbourne. Frawley and Sicily will still hold the main defensive posts with Hardwick and Impey giving good run.
The midfield will welcome back Tom Mitchell this year and they need him. Last year they looked light without him. Scully and O’Meara will benefit from another year of football and along with Worpel, give them a solid core. Henderson looked good last year and they still have Smith and Burgoyne in their rotations. There is plenty of quality in the midfield for Hawthorn but there are also concerns. O’Meara and Scully still have questions over their bodies and no one seems to come back from an injury like Mitchells easily.
The forward line is light on. O’Brien is a massive tease who looks like he has all the tools but goes missing a lot or often plays stupid football, Lewis looked good in patches last year but has a long way to go. Wingard is a selfish footballer who despite his talent, has never achieved consistency. They have Bruest and Puopolo as smalls. The forward line reads better than it performs. Patton will be interesting this year, I don’t feel he adds a lot to their list outside of risk.
McEvoy is a quality ruck but I thought he showed signs last year of his body starting to look a little busted. He wasn’t as mobile as he had been. They have Ceglar as his backup but he is really just a backup. They need McEvoy to get it done. There isn’t much to add about the coach, he has proven himself over a long period of time. I would question his avoidance of the rebuild as he hangs on hoping for another shot at glory but he keeps finishing around the mark.
Hawks have weakened their playing list but at the same time will strengthen with Mitchell coming back and Scully and O’Meara with more games under the belt since their injuries. I am not sure they will drop this year but I don’t see them being a challenger either. Will be around the eight again. I think they are likely to finish between 8-10