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 2020 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|
|2019 ladder finish:||9th|
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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.
|2020 Premiership||Make Finals||Make Top 4||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Jan||$21||$1.90||$4.50||T Mitchell $8||F Maginness $34||J Patton $51|
|Feb||$21||$1.90||$4.50||T Mitchell $8||F Maginness $34||J Patton $51|
|Mar||$18||$1.91||$4.50||T Mitchell $10||F Maginness $34||J Patton $41|
|May||$18||$1.83||$3.50||T Mitchell $10||F Maginness $34||J Patton $41|
|Jun||$21||$1.83||$3.50||T Mitchell $10||F Maginness $34||J Patton $41|
|Jul||$41||$1.91||$5.50||T Mitchell $34||W Day $51||C Wingard $67|
|Aug||$201||$23||$151||T Mitchell $101||W Day $21||J Gunston $41|
Best Hawthorn bets for the 2020 AFL season
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- Tom Mitchell’s broken leg ruined Hawthorn’s 2019 campaign before it started. The Hawks finished only a game outside the top eight, however, and they are expected to play finals footy in 2020. If a few things go right for them – Jonathon Patton, for instance – the brown and gold could make a deep run.
- The Hawks came within a whisker of the finals last year despite missing the reigning Brownlow Medal winner for the entire season. Top four might be a bridge too far given the teams ahead of them, but there is a good chance Hawthorn will feature in September.
- Even though he has not played a senior game since 2018, Tom Mitchell will start the season as one of the top few contenders in the Brownlow Medal betting. As a pure accumulator of the footy, there is nobody better in the competition. A gaping chasm separates Mitchell from Hawthorn’s next best bet, Jaeger O’Meara.
- Will Hawthorn’s young guns see enough game time to contend for the AFL Rising Star this year? Finn Maginness and Jackson Ross are both pegged as outside chances, but one suspects the Gold Coast trio of Noah Anderson, Izak Rankine and Matt Rowell will be hard to beat.
- Luke Breust topped Hawthorn’s goalkicking last year with 34 majors, but it will take a lot more than that to win the Coleman Medal. The big hope is Jonathon Patton, although the former GWS Giants forward has never booted more than 45 in a season.
Hawthorn players to watch in 2020
Mitchell’s return is a huge boost for Hawthorn. The former Sydney Swans midfielder is a stat machine who keeps things ticking all over the ground. His presence will also free up the likes of Jaeger O’Meara and James Worpel.
We all know Wingard is a rare talent, but the question is whether he can deliver the goods week in, week out. While he showed signs of promise in his first season at Hawthorn, fans will expect more from the former Port Adelaide star in 2020.
On paper, Patton is an ideal replacement for the retired Jarryd Roughead. His injury history is a big worry, but the 26-year-old forward is entering his prime years and will want to make an immediate impact at his new club.
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 (six) and Collingwood (two) for dead.