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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Updated Hawthorn futures odds
All of the big bookies in Australia will boast extensive futures markets on the Hawks, including Premiership market, team results and individual player markets, like the Brownlow Medal and Rising Star. In comparison to other seasons the Hawks are outsiders to win the Premiership this year, although several of their young guns are in the betting for the Rising Star Award.
|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|
|Feb||$21||$2||$4.50||J O’Meara $51||J Scrimshaw $19||J Gunston $34|
|Mar||$21||$2||$4.50||J O’Meara $41||J Scrimshaw $23||J Gunston $34|
|Apr||$26||$2.40||$7||J O’Meara $34||J Cousins $21||J Gunston $34|
|May||$31||$3||$11||J O’Meara $26||J Scrimshaw $51||L Breust $51|
|Jun||$51||$3.75||$21||J O’Meara $51||J Scrimshaw $51||L Breust $67|
Best Hawthorn bets for the 2019 AFL season
There are dozens of AFL futures markets for Hawthorn, but where are they likely to return some real value?
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- Nobody expected Hawthorn to bolt into the top four last season, and even fewer will back them to do it again this year. While no club has ever relied solely on one player, Tom Mitchell’s broken leg has killed the Hawks’ campaign before it started. Stranger things have happened, but it’s unlikely they will be a happy team at Hawthorn come September.
- If Tom Mitchell was fit, plenty of punters would be backing Hawthorn to finish inside the top eight. Now the reigning Brownlow winner is out of action, however, the Hawks are perhaps the most likely of last year’s finallists to miss out this time. It is a fine line either way, so this is a market best avoided.
- As you might expect, Tom Mitchell’s injury has blown Brownlow Medal betting wide open. It has also exposed the lack of other contenders on Hawthorn’s list. Many are tipping Jaeger O’Meara to step up this season, but there is not much to get excited about beyond that.
- One of Hawthorn’s many potential masterstrokes in the last trade period was the signing of Jack Scrimshaw. Left on the outer at the Gold Coast Suns, the talented left-footer is expected to slot in as a direct replacement for Ryan Burton. Rebounding defenders have fared well in the AFL Rising Star voting in recent years, so don’t rule out Scrimshaw.
- 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 Brown, Daniher, Franklin, Kennedy and Riewoldt? The only other option is Luke Breust, who edged out Gunston with 54 goals last season.
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|
Hawthorn players to watch in 2019
With Tom Mitchell out for the year, this is a huge season for the ‘Jaegermeister’. The former Gold Coast Suns star was excellent in 2018, but he will have to find a new level again – and stay fit – if the Hawks are to have any hope of playing finals this spring.
We all know Wingard is a rare talent, but the question is whether he can deliver the goods week in, week out. The move from Port Adelaide to Hawthorn did wonders for Shaun Burgoyne all those years ago, so the Hawks will be laughing if history repeats.
On the surface, it looks a mighty gamble to replace Ryan Burton with a bloke who played only four senior games in two years at the Suns. Scrimshaw is well regarded around the traps, however, and showed some real class during the preseason tournament.
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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