Hawthorn have risen from humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful clubs in the Australian Football League. No team has won more VFL/AFL premierships in the past 50 years, nor since the turn of the millennium.
Not many clubs could cope with losing premiership stars such as Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Josh Gibson in such a short space of time, but the Hawks have turned things around with remarkable efficiency and are already circling another flag.
How will Alastair Clarkson’s flock fare this season? Let’s see how the AFL betting markets for 2019 are shaping up.
About the Hawthorn Football Club
|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Premierships:||13 – 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|2018 ladder finish:||4th|
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|2019 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$12||$1.90||$3.50||T Mitchell $7||L Breust $26|
Best Hawthorn bets for the 2018 AFL season
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- A horror start to 2017 saw Hawthorn slide back to the pack after entering the season among the premiership favourites. However, a remarkable turnaround in the back half of the year has fans wondering if an immediate resurgence is in the offing.
The big question is how Jarryd Roughead and his deputies will fare without Luke Hodge’s inimitable brand of leadership. Even so, the Hawks look a long way overs at 10 lines deep in the outright betting. Recent years would suggest that a cheeky pineapple on the brown and gold is well worth a gamble.
- There were two Hawthorns last year: the one that started the season and the one that finished it. Alastair Clarkson and his staff made some very clever, very brave calls mid-term that started paying dividends within a matter of weeks. Some clubs take years to rebuild; this one needed only two months.
With that in mind, we think the Hawks are offering real value to finish in the top eight. Look at the teams ahead of them – Collingwood, Essendon, Melbourne, et al – and you see works-in-progress that are more than capable of losing the plot. Make no mistake: Hawthorn are on the up again and will push for finals.
- One of the reasons we fancy Hawthorn for a September campaign is the prolific output of midfield machine Tom Mitchell. The former Sydney Swan reached new heights in his first season at Waverley, averaging a fraction under 36 disposals per game and recording 25 Brownlow votes to finish second in the count. If the Hawks return to finals, this guy will be a red-hot chance to knock Dustin Martin off his perch.
- Conor Glass played a massive role in Hawthorn’s late-season revival last year. The Irish import hit the ground running with a standout performance on debut at Fremantle and held his spot in defence for the rest of the season. As with Brisbane’s Alex Witherden and Richmond’s Jack Graham, that taste of the big time should serve him well in 2018. The only thing holding Glass back is his rookie status.
- Jack Gunston starts the season as Hawthorn’s best bet for the Coleman Medal, but will he spend enough time forward to compete with the likes of Kennedy, Franklin and Daniher? Captain Roughead is another accomplished marksman who tends to move around the ground more than he used to. We don’t fancy either of them.
Hawthorn 2019 AFL fixture
|1||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||Saturday, March 23||4:05pm ACDT|
|2||Western Bulldogs||MCG||Sunday, March 31||3:20pm AEDT|
|3||North Melbourne Kangaroos||MCG||Sunday, April 7||3:20pm AEST|
|4||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, April 14||3:20pm AEST|
|5||Geelong Cats||MCG||Monday, April 22||3:20pm AEST|
|6||Carlton Blues||UTAS Stadium||Sunday, April 28||3:20pm AEST|
|7||Melbourne Demons||MCG||Saturday, May 4||1:45pm AEST|
|8||GWS Giants||MCG||Sunday, May 12||3:20pm AEST|
|9||Richmond Tigers||MCG||Sunday, May 19||3:20pm AEST|
|10||Port Adelaide Power||UTAS Stadium||Saturday, May 25||1:45pm AEST|
|11||Brisbane Lions||The Gabba||Saturday, June 1||7:25pm AEST|
|13||Essendon Bombers||Marvel Stadium||Friday, June 14||7:50pm AEST|
|14||Sydney Swans||SCG||Friday, June 21||7:50pm AEST|
|15||West Coast Eagles||MCG||Saturday, June 29||1:45pm AEST|
|16||Collingwood Magpies||MCG||Friday, July 5||7:50pm AEST|
|17||Fremantle Dockers||UTAS Stadium||Saturday, July 13||2:10pm AEST|
|18||Geelong Cats||MCG||Sunday, July 21||1:10pm AEST|
|19||Brisbane Lions||UTAS Stadium||Saturday, July 27||1:45pm AEST|
|20||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Friday, August 2||7:50pm AEST|
|21||GWS Giants||UNSW Canberra||Friday, August 9||7:50pm AEST|
|22||Gold Coast Suns||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, August 18||4:40pm AEST|
|23||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||TBD||TBD|
2018 Hawthorn squad
|2. Jarryd Roughead||23/1/1987||253||529||Forward||Gippsland Power|
|3. Tom Mitchell||31/5/1993||87||48||Midfield||Sydney Swans|
|4. Jarman Impey||9/7/1995||75||34||Def/fwd||Port Adelaide|
|5. Ryan Burton||31/1/1997||24||5||Defence||North Adelaide|
|6. James Sicily||6/9/1995||44||47||Utility||Western Jets|
|7. Ben McEvoy||11/7/1989||168||70||Ruck||St Kilda|
|8. Taylor Duryea||24/4/1991||101||20||Defence||Murray Bushrangers|
|9. Shaun Burgoyne||21/10/1982||341||276||Midfield||Port Adelaide|
|10. Jaeger O’Meara||23/2/1994||50||28||Midfield||Gold Coast Suns|
|11. Brendan Whitecross||25/1/1990||105||42||Mid/def||Zillmere|
|12. James Frawley||20/9/1988||187||24||Defence||Melbourne|
|13. Jono O’Rourke||21/4/1994||18||4||Midfield||GWS Giants|
|14. Grant Birchall||28/1/1988||245||33||Defence||Tassie Mariners|
|15. Blake Hardwick||5/2/1997||20||0||Def/fwd||Eastern Ranges|
|16. Isaac Smith||30/12/1988||157||125||Midfield||North Ballarat|
|17. Daniel Howe||4/12/1995||33||6||Def/mid||Murray Bushrangers|
|18. Jonathon Ceglar||14/12/1991||50||29||Ruck||Collingwood|
|19. Jack Gunston||16/10/1991||149||290||Forward||Adelaide Crows|
|21. Kieran Lovell||16/5/1997||2||0||Midfield||Kingborough|
|22. Luke Breust||11/11/1990||161||304||Forward||NSW/ACT Rams|
|23. Tim O’Brien||28/3/1994||34||33||Forward||Glenelg|
|24. Ben Stratton||1/3/1989||146||1||Defence||East Perth|
|25. Ryan Schoenmakers||8/11/1990||112||42||Def/fwd||Norwood|
|26. Liam Shiels||29/4/1991||163||56||Midfield||Eastern Ranges|
|27. Marc Pittonet||3/6/1996||3||0||Ruck||Oakleigh Chargers|
|28. Paul Puopolo||2/12/1987||148||151||Forward||Norwood|
|29. Will Langford||3/7/1992||66||24||Midfield||NSW/ACT Rams|
|30. Kaiden Brand||8/4/1994||28||0||Defence||West Adelaide|
|31. Ricky Henderson||11/9/1988||108||56||Mid/def||Adelaide|
|33. Cyril Rioli||4/11/1989||185||273||Forward||Scotch College|
|34. Kurt Heatherley||1/1/1995||5||0||Defence||Sandringham Dragons|
|35. Harry Morrison||12/11/1998||1||0||Defence||Murray Bushrangers|
|36. Dylan Moore||4/8/1999||–||–||Fwd/mid||Eastern Ranges|
|37. Jackson Ross||22/6/1999||–||–||Fwd/mid||Eastern Ranges|
|38. James Worpel||24/1/1999||–||–||Midfield||Geelong Falcons|
|39. Mitchell Lewis||14/10/1998||–||–||Fwd/ruck||Calder Cannons|
|42. Teia Miles||2/11/1996||4||3||Fwd/def||Geelong Falcons|
Hawks records, stats and history
- Most matches: 426 – Michael Tuck (1972-1991)
Most career goals: 1254 – Jason Dunstall (1985-1998)
Most goals in a season: 150 – Peter Hudson (1970)
Most goals in a match: 17 – Jason Dunstall (vs. Richmond, 1992)
Best and fairest awards: Eight – Leigh Matthews (1971-72, 1974, 1976-78, 1980, 1982)
- Most wins in a season: 19 (1971, 1988, 1989, 2013)
Most consecutive wins: 12 (1961-62, 2012-13)
Highest score in a match: 36.15.231 (vs. Fitzroy, 1991)
Highest winning margin: 165 (vs. Port Adelaide, 2011)
Highest home attendance: 92,935 (vs. Collingwood at VFL Park, 1981)
- The origins of the Hawthorn Football Club are murky and widely disputed. Some claim the team that now plays in the AFL has existed since the 1870s, but various newspaper records suggest at least three other clubs called Hawthorn came and went by the end of the 19th century.
HFC as we know it was founded in 1902 as an amalgamation of several junior district clubs. Further mergers with Boroondara and Hawthorn Rovers over the next few years led to the formation of Hawthorn City. They joined the Victorian Football Association in 1914, when they were forced to adopt a brown and gold strip in order to avoid a clash with the blue and gold of Williamstown.
The Mayblooms, as they were then known, found little success in the VFA. They reached finals only once (1923) and never contested a grand final. However, that did not halt Hawthorn’s bid to join the more prestigious Victorian Football League in 1925, when they were granted membership alongside VFA powerhouses Footscray and North Melbourne.
The next three decades were a slog, and not just because of the Great Depression and World War II. A lack of local commerce and industry meant a lack of sponsorship and investment, which is how Hawthorn went from being one of the VFA’s richest clubs to one of the VFL’s poorest. The best thing to come from this era was the Hawks moniker, coined by coach Roy Cazaly in 1942.
The 1950s were a pivotal decade for Hawthorn. John Kennedy started his professional playing career and Graham Arthur arrived a few years later. Former assistant coach Jack Hale took over from Bob McCaskill in 1952 and instilled a more professional attitude towards the game. In 1957, the Hawks made the finals for the first time in 33 years of VFL football.
The big change came in the ’60s. After five years as captain and four best-and-fairest awards, Kennedy took over as coach of Hawthorn. A year later, the Hawks claimed their first premiership of any description with a resounding win over Footscray in the VFL Grand Final. The rest of the decade was a mix of highs and lows, with Kennedy stepping away for a few seasons before returning to the helm in 1967.
Led by star recruits such as Leigh Matthews, Peter Hudson and Peter Knights, Hawthorn soon metamorphosed into one of the league’s most powerful clubs. A second flag came in 1971, when they edged out St Kilda in front of more than 118,000 people at the MCG. Further success arrived in ’76 and ’78 against North Melbourne, who had humiliated the Hawks in the 1975 finale.
The best was yet to come. Between 1983 and 1989, Hawthorn played in seven consecutive VFL Grand Finals for a total of four flags. Mainstays of this golden era included coach Allan Jeans, 426-gamer Michael Tuck, 1254-goal hero Jason Dunstall and the inimitable Dermott Brereton.
After saluting again in 1991, Hawthorn fell on hard times. Reckless spending and on-field failures led the club to the brink of a merger with Melbourne, but that plan was scrapped in the face of a fierce campaign engineered by former premiership star Don Scott. The result was a huge surge in membership that saw the Hawks enter the new millennium as one of Melbourne’s best-backed clubs.
Those new supporters did not have to wait long for a return to the glory days. A surprise win over Geelong in the 2008 AFL Grand Final heralded the arrival of a new footballing dynasty. After losing to the Sydney Swans by 10 points in 2012, Alastair Clarkson’s Hawks dominated the competition with three consecutive premiership wins.
Once the perennial wooden spoon favourites, Hawthorn now rank among Australia’s most successful sporting organisations. The club has won 13 premierships since 1960 – a record that leaves heavyweight rivals Carlton (eight), Essendon (six), Richmond (five) and Collingwood (two) for dead.
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