Coach – Sam Mitchell
Points For – 13th
Points Against – 15th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- James Sicily
- Jai Newcombe
- Dylan moore
- Blake Hardwick
- Tim Mitchell
2022 Rising Star Noms
Jai Newcombe (Round 5)
Josh Ward (Round 18)
Ins – Karl Amon, Cooper Stephens, Lloyd Meek, Cameron Mackenzie, Josh Weddle, Henry Hustwaite, Jack O’Sullivan, Bailey Macdonald, Joshua Bennetts
Outs – Ben McEvoy, Liam Shiels, Tom Phillips, Daniel Howe, Connor Downie, Jackson Callow, Kyle Hartigan, Jack Gunston, Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara
Watching Hawthorn struggle last year was almost enough to make up for how rubbish the Bombers were. Almost. Watching Kennett lose out at their board elections made it even sweeter. I can only hope that the cliff they fell off last year is a tall one and the fall continues for a few more years. I have worries though, their list mismanagement may be overstated.
The backline lacks depth but there is the bones of a good backline there. Sicily is a gun, stops his man and wins plenty of the ball himself. Supported by Hardwick, it’s a pretty good one-two punch. The half back line looks a little less reliable. Jiath felt like he was found out a bit last year and lacked the impact, then you have Frost who no one knows what he will do (Frost included). Day gives then some level of reliability.
The midfield is shallow this year. It is hard to know what it will actually look like. I think there are the sure things in Newcombe, Ward and Amon. Then Day will spend some time in there, Worpel has been disappointing but probably gets more game time. Wingard is needed up forward but he is likely to get a run in the middle as well. This is the worst midfield in the competition.
The forward line is a work in progress but you can see where they are heading. Koschitzke was disappointing last year but he has the talent, Mitch Lewis is disappointingly good and seems like someone they can build their forward line around. Small forwards look thin on the ground, Wingard is average, Breust is a very good player.
The rucks are good. Lloyd Meek was a handy pick up to play alongside Reeves. The rucks would be the best area and something they have covered for a long time. Can Sam Mitchell coach? The short answer is “I hope not” but the long answer is, “he probably can but lets see if they give him the time because so far it hasn’t been stellar”. I hope he goes down in flames.
Hawthorn aren’t going to have a fun year this year. They have gone all in on the rebuild, they are tanking and will be wanting a top two pick this year. The race towards the bottom between them and North will be boring to watch. I think North is worse but it’s really hard, both lists are atrocious and the Hawks are trying to fail whereas North are trying to win. I still think Hawks will win slightly more games and finish 17th.