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Beginnings: Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, is one of the 16 Australian rules football clubs in the Australian Football League (AFL). The club, founded in 1902, is the youngest of the Victorian based teams in the AFL. The club is the most successful club in the modern era, having won 10 Premierships.

Records:
  • * Record Attendance: 72,765 on 25 April 1992: Hawthorn 20.15 (135); Collingwood 17.9 (111)
  • * Most Games: 426 by Michael Tuck 1972-91
  • * Biggest finals crowd: 118,192 for 1971 grand final at the MCG
Full Ladder Team P W L D FOR AGNST % PTS
3 Hawthorn 22 17 5 0 2134 1800 118.6 68

Glass adapting to the 'foreign' game

NZ Camp: Mic'd up with Burns New assistant coach Scott Burns takes the boys through a drill and we get the inside word as he is mic'd up.

The oval-shaped Sherrin can be unpredictable at the best of times, let alone when you’ve only be kicking it for a year.

For Irish Rookie Conor Glass, AFL may never feel completely natural, but he is working tirelessly to make sure it appears that way. 

The 20-year-old made his debut in Round 18 last season, after just 52 weeks of learning a new code in a new country. 

Making an immediate impression on the field, Glass played out the remaining six rounds of the season, giving hope to the many young Irish prospects trying to make sense of the odd-shaped ball. 

“It’s still pretty foreign,” Glass admits.

“Obviously I’m still getting used to it, but I’m learning different tricks every day, different skills every day, and I feel like I’m quickly...


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Gallery: Camp Day 4

NZ Camp: Double trick shot Kaiden Brand nailed two shots, one after the other into the wheelie bin during training in Queenstown.

The Hawks are nearing the end of their Queenstown adventure, with just one more day of training to go before the boys head to Christchurch for a trek through the mountains.

Day 4 certainly wasn't wasted, as the team stepped things up with intense skills, running and tackling sessions. Coach Alastair Clarkson threw in his own challenge, getting the boys to do laps while carrying a weighted tyre.

But, they still had time for some fun, finishing the day with a rock climbing race at the Queenstown Events Centre.

Read: Glass adapting to the 'foreign' game

Catch up on all the best snaps below.

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Camp isn’t all weights and running sets - the boys found time for a bit of fun too. Read more: Gallery: Camp Day 4

Hawks head back to Tassie

Community Camp destinations confirmed Take a look back at the best pictures from our community camp of 2017.

Hawthorn will again head back to Tasmania and Katherine for its annual AFL Community Camp.

The club has been holding its community camp in Tasmania since 2002, continuing its strong relationship with the state.

Players will reach across the north and south of the Apple Isle from March 8-11, visiting a number of schools and community groups in Launceston, Hobart and Devonport.

As part of the Camp, a major focus for the club will be continuing to implement its Looking After ME program, which Hawks players will help facilitate as part of their school visits. In 2017, more than one third of Tasmanian primary schools registered for Looking After ME with 71 schools rolling out the program across the state.

This trip will also coincide with the club’s JLT Community Series match...


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O'Meara a-okay

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"I’ve taught myself to block out [the media speculation] and stay focused on what I need to focus on."

His first 12 months at Hawthorn didn’t exactly go to plan, but fans will be happy to hear that Jaeger O’Meara is back on track and “feeling good”. 

The speedy midfielder didn’t miss a beat on Day 2 of pre-season training camp in New Zealand, completing 100 per cent of the skills, touch and running sessions. 

“The knee’s feeling really good,” O’Meara said, after coming off the track. 

“I’ve been able to do most, if not all, of the program so far. 

“It’s obviously early days in the pre-season, so I’m keeping a lid on it, but it is feeling great and I’m really happy with how it’s going.” 

O’Meara played the opening three rounds of the 2017 season, before a knock to the knee kept him sidelined for the best part of four months. 

The injury garnered plenty of attention from the...


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"I want to play for as long as I can"

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Burgoyne says he still "loves" his football.

At 35 years and 46 days old, Shaun Burgoyne is set to head into 2018 as the oldest player in the league.

It is a tag he doesn’t shy away from, however, with the veteran Hawk happy to have a laugh over his newest accolade.

“It is what it is, someone’s got to do it.

“It brings a smile to my face, and the boys certainly don’t let me forget that I’m the oldest in the league. 

“My kids have let me know a few times too,” Burgoyne joked.

The four-time premiership player is the league’s lone representative from the 2000 draft, with each of his fellow draftees (including No.1 draft pick Nick Riewoldt) having since moved on from the game. 

Often likened to a ‘fine wine’, Burgoyne enjoyed one of his best sporting years in 2017, culminating in his selection and victory as Australian IRS captain, in what he describes as a “humbling experience”.

But,...


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All I want for Christmas is...

Mirra reflects on a whirlwind few days David Mirra is still buzzing following the call up to the rookie list.

With this year’s festive season fast approaching, hawthornfc.com.au takes a look below at the ten gifts Hawks fans would be most excited to receive ahead of the 2018 AFL season.

A fully fit Cyril Rioli
After managing just seven games in 2017 due to a posterior-cruciate ligament injury, Rioli looks set to return to peak-fitness ahead of next season. Hawks fans will be hoping the four-time premiership hawk can get back to the electrifying form he showcased in 2016 when he kicked a career high 47 goals.

Gunston and Burton into attack
Used mainly in defence in 2017, Jack Gunston and Ryan Burton look likely to boost the Hawks’ scoring power due to the return of key defensive personnel. Gunston has spent the majority of his 149-game career in attack, kicking 290 goals, while...


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Roughead suffers minor injury set-back

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Roughead will miss up to three weeks of training after undergoing surgery to his left knee today.

Hawthorn Captain Jarryd Roughead will miss up to three weeks of training after undergoing surgery to his left knee today.

Roughead presented with low level swelling in the area last week and after consultation with medical experts, the club made the decision for Jarryd to proceed with a minor clean up procedure.

Hawthorn GM – Football Operations Jason Burt said Roughead remains upbeat despite missing the pre-season camp in New Zealand.

“We found out that Jarryd requires a minor clean up procedure which means that he’s is likely to be out for the next 2-3 weeks,” Burt said.

“This is obviously disappointing for Jarryd to miss out on pre-season camp however he remains positive and will now concentrate on his rehab.

“This is only a minor set-back and we expect Jarryd to be fresh and ready for...


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Best 22 for 2018

WITH the 2017 drafts done and dusted, club lists have been finalised for next season.

AFL.com.au reporters have come up with their best 22 for each club, choosing on the basis of every player on the list being fit and well.

It's the best first-choice side that your team can muster, so it may include players with injuries that will keep them out for some or all of 2018.

B: Rory Laird, Daniel Talia, Jake Kelly
HB: Luke Brown, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith
C: Paul Seedsman, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins
HF: Tom Lynch, Taylor Walker, Richard Douglas
F: Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins, Mitch McGovern
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Matt Crouch, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, David Mackay, Hugh Greenwood

DEPTH

General defenders: Kyle Cheney, Tom Doedee, Curtly Hampton, Andrew McPherson
Key defenders: Alex Keath, Andy Otten
Midfielders: Jackson Edwards, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Jordan Gallucci, Sam Gibson, Lachlan...


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What's in a name?

Fans questions answered Our three newest recruits answer your questions.

When Hawthorn drafted James Worpel with the 45th pick of last Friday night’s draft, he became the fourth James on Hawthorn’s list alongside James Frawley, James Sicily and James Cousins. 

Ben (McEvoy and Stratton) and Ryan (Burton and Schoenmakers) are the only other two names with multiple representation in the current Hawks’ squad. 

But the current quartet of James’ on the list is not an accurate reflection of the prevalence of the name throughout Hawthorn history.

Only five James’ have ever pulled on a brown and gold jumper for a senior VFL/AFL game, with three of them presently training at the Ricoh Centre. 

James Morrissey, who played 106 games for the Club from 1984 to 1993, leads the way for his name. 

While Frawley is next in pursuit of the mantle with 48 games since he arrived at the club in 2015,...


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What's in a name?

Fans questions answered Our three newest recruits answer your questions.

When Hawthorn drafted James Worpel with the 45th pick of last Friday night’s draft, he became the fourth James on Hawthorn’s list alongside James Frawley, James Sicily and James Cousins. 

Ben (McEvoy and Stratton) and Ryan (Burton and Schoenmakers) are the only other two names with multiple representation in the current Hawks’ squad. 

But the current quartet of James’ on the list is not an accurate reflection of the prevalence of the name throughout Hawthorn history.

Only five James’ have ever pulled on a brown and gold jumper for a senior VFL/AFL game, with three of them presently training at the Ricoh Centre. 

James Morrissey, who played 106 games for the Club from 1984 to 1993, leads the way for his name. 

While Frawley is next in pursuit of the mantle with 48 games since he arrived at the club in 2015,...


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Ripe for recruiting

Mirra reflects on a whirlwind few days David Mirra is still buzzing following the call up to the rookie list.

After taking David Mirra with the 23rd pick in Monday night’s Rookie Draft, Hawthorn will be hoping to continue their success with mature-age recruits.

The 26-year old spent seven years playing with the Hawks’ VFL affiliate the Box Hill Hawks before hearing his name called out on Monday.

Recent mature-age success stories for the club include Paul Puopolo (taken with Pick 66 in the 2010 national draft at the age of 22), Isaac Smith (Pick 19 in 2010 draft, 22) and Ben Stratton (Pick 46 in 2009 draft, 20).

Read: Hawthorn's list by age, experience and position

That talented trio now combine for nine premiership medallions and 451 games. 

Hawks supporters will be quick to note that Stuart Dew was also a mature-age recruit who helped provide premiership joy in 2008. 

And let's...


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Ripe for recruiting

Mirra reflects on a whirlwind few days David Mirra is still buzzing following the call up to the rookie list.

After taking David Mirra with the 23rd pick in Monday night’s Rookie Draft, Hawthorn will be hoping to continue their success with mature-age recruits.

The 26-year old spent seven years playing with the Hawks’ VFL affiliate the Box Hill Hawks before hearing his name called out on Monday.

Recent mature-age success stories for the club include Paul Puopolo (taken with Pick 66 in the 2010 national draft at the age of 22), Isaac Smith (Pick 19 in 2010 draft, 22) and Ben Stratton (Pick 46 in 2009 draft, 20).

Read: Hawthorn's list by age, experience and position

That talented trio now combine for nine premiership medallions and 451 games. 

Hawks supporters will be quick to note that Stuart Dew was also a mature-age recruit who helped provide premiership joy in 2008. 

And let's...


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Harrison finds his home

Happy as Harry Harrison Jones was drafted to the Hawks in Monday's Rookie Draft and he is thrilled to be living out his dream of being a listed player.

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Harrison Jones endured a roller-coaster of a weekend before finally hearing his name get called out at Monday’s Rookie Draft.

Overlooked at last Friday night’s National Draft, the 183cm on-baller was forced to contemplate the possibility of his dream not being fulfilled.

“Friday night was tough,” the former Murray Bushranger said.

But all the negativity was washed away when Hawthorn's GM - Recruiting and List Management Graham Wright read out the 18-year old’s name with Pick 7 in the Rookie Draft.

“It was just pure relief on Monday and I was just ecstatic to get on a list and especially here at Hawthorn.”

Jones had his first taste of AFL life on Wednesday morning, when he visited the Ricoh...


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Harrison finds his home

Happy as Harry Harrison Jones was drafted to the Hawks in Monday's Rookie Draft and he is thrilled to be living out his dream of being a listed player.

TAC 2017 Round 02 - Murray Bushrangers v Gippsland Power

Jones in action for the Murray Bushrangers

Harrison Jones endured a roller-coaster of a weekend before finally hearing his name get called out at Monday’s Rookie Draft.

Overlooked at last Friday night’s National Draft, the 183cm on-baller was forced to contemplate the possibility of his dream not being fulfilled.

“Friday night was tough,” the former Murray Bushranger said.

But all the negativity was washed away when Hawthorn's GM - Recruiting and List Management Graham Wright read out the 18-year old’s name with Pick 7 in the Rookie Draft.

“It was just pure relief on Monday and I was just ecstatic to get on a list and especially here at Hawthorn.”

Jones had his first taste of AFL life on Wednesday morning, when he visited the Ricoh...


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My journey to the draft

Pick 45 James Worpel Check out some of the highlights of one of our newest Hawks, James Worpel from the Geelong Falcons.

My draft experience - as told by James Worpel

 

It’s hard to put a finger on that moment when I let myself think, ‘yeah this could happen, I could get drafted’. I don’t know if I ever fully did; letting myself think it meant there was a chance I’d wind up disappointed in the end.

I finally let myself believe it when Andrew Dillon said, “with Pick 45… Hawthorn has selected James Worpel.”

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I had an interesting draft year. If you’d told me at the start of 2017 I’d make the Vic Country squad, be named captain, play all four games, earn an MVP award, and then win a premiership with my Geelong teammates, I’d have laughed at you. Even now, it still feels very surreal. 

But that said, I expected more out of my own individual performance. Had I done enough for...


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Football participation on the rise

CJ on being picked up by Hawks CJ is happy to be at Hawthorn. Having been a product of the Next Generation Academy and working closely with Nathan Foley.

The AFL has announced record participation of Australian Football across all levels, with more than 1.5 million people playing the game.

A total of 1,547,915 participated in 2017, a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. 

Females made up 30 per cent of that number after the introduction of the NAB AFL Women's competition this year. 

As a point of comparison, cricket had 1.4 million participants, of which 27 per cent were women.

AFL game development manager Andrew Dillon told reporters at Maribyrnong Secondary College on Thursday the aim was to have males and females playing football in equal numbers.

Read: Hawthorn finalise list

"It is a goal. I think it's a couple of years away but I know anecdotally, I was in Byron Bay for...


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Top ten target - is it possible?

Happy as Harry Harrison Jones was drafted to the Hawks in Monday's Rookie Draft and he is thrilled to be living out his dream of being a listed player.

Three Hawthorn players are on the verge of breaking into the club's top 10 goal kickers.

Luke Breust needs 16 goals. Cyril Rioli needs 47 goals. Jack Gunston needs 50 goals. Not completely unattainable in any given season, right?

If this trio are able to achieve the above tallies in 2018, they would join captain Jarryd Roughead inside the top ten all-time Hawthorn goal kickers.

This would make an astounding four current players a part of the Club’s ten greatest ever goalkickers - the most of any AFL club. 

Excluding the expansion clubs (given their short existence in the league), the only clubs to have multiple active players in their top ten list are Adelaide, Port Adelaide, West Coast (three each) and Fremantle with two.

Yet it...


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Age is just a number, right Silk?

Trust in Burgoyne: Silk delivered this classic piece of play against the Swans in Round 19, 2017.

Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne will start the 2018 season as the oldest player in the competition.

The four-time premiership player and Australian captain in the recent Virgin Australia International Rules Series will be 35 years and 152 days at the start of round one, 46 days older than Fremantle veteran Aaron Sandilands.

Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris is the third-oldest in the AFL (35 years, 83 days), followed by North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite (35 years, 46 days), who signed a one-year deal to play on at the Roos in October.

Burgoyne, who has played 341 career games with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, needs to play nine matches this season to draw level with Western Bulldogs great Doug Hawkins for 15th all-time on the games played list.

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1489 draftees later...

Clarko searches to share the good news Watch as Alastair Clarkson searches for Box Hill captain David Mirra who was selected by the Hawks in the Rookie Draft.

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Mirra at the 2011 National Draft Combine.

Since David Mirra first nominated for an AFL draft, 1,489 people have been selected by a club.  

Not that he's counting. Well, actually Hawthorn's new rookie has been counting because it's been a long, long ride.

Mirra was officially named Box Hill captain in 2014, and was stand-in skipper for Box Hill's 2013 flag team as well.

There has been plenty of disappointment along the way for Mirra, so he focused on other areas of his life, completing a double degree at Deakin University – a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Bachelor of Commerce (Sport Management) – and working at a sporting retailer for the last two years in a sales and marketing role.  

But the 26-year-old's world was...


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A letter to members: December 1st

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"Our draftees were very polite, had very good values, were excited about being selected by Hawthorn."

Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett has penned the following letter to members.

 

Good afternoon happy Hawkers.

Well a lot has happened since we last spoke.

Firstly, can I thank all of you who responded to my last email to members.

I think I have answered all over many hours, but not sure I will be able to maintain that pace in the future.

I apologise to our members in the ACT for omitting their territory from my last communiqué. I have been understandably chastised by many members in the ACT.

In summary, I have received correspondence from international and interstate members, as well as Victorian members. Many of the matters you raised with me, I have in turn raised with our CEO Justin Reeves and senior management at our meeting last Wednesday.

I will be reporting back more...


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