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.
Now that the likes of Lance Franklin, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and Jarryd Roughead have moved on, the Hawks are in the midst of a rebuild. There are some promising signs, however, with youngsters such as Jacob Koschitzke and Will Day showing great potential.
How will Alastair Clarkson’s flock fare this season? Let’s see how the AFL betting markets for 2021 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|
|2021 ladder finish:||15th (7-13-2)|
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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.
|2021 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$67||$7||T Mitchell $11||J Koschitzke $31||L Breust $41|
|Apr||$101||$11||T Mitchell $13||J Koschitzke $23||L Breust $41|
|May||$151||$23||T Mitchell $15||J Koschitzke $26||L Breust $67|
|Jun||$501||$67||T Mitchell $18||J Koschitzke $31||L Breust $101|
|Jul||$1,001||$81||T Mitchell $26||J Koschitzke $41||L Breust $501|
|Aug||–||–||T Mitchell $34||J Koschitzke $67||–|
Best Hawthorn bets for the 2021 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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- The premature retirements of Jonathon Patton and Tom Scully have pushed Hawthorn firmly into ‘rebuild’ mode. There is no way the Hawks can win the AFL Premiership in 2021.
- The Hawks dropped away badly in 2020, and it is hard to see them turning it around this year. With James Sicily out for most of the season as he recovers from an ACL tear, Hawthorn will struggle to keep opposition forwards under wraps. Bottom four is likely, while the wooden spoon is not out of the question.
- He might not have been at his brilliant best in 2020 after returning from a broken leg, but Tom Mitchell will start the season among the contenders in the Brownlow Medal betting. He has won it before, so there his no doubting that his best footy will grab the umpires’ attention.
Hawthorn players to watch in 2021
Now that he has a year of footy and a strong preseason under his belt after returning from a broken leg, Tom Mitchell looks poised for a big year in the Hawthorn midfield. The former Swan is a stat machine who keeps things ticking all over the ground, and his presence also frees up the likes of Jaeger O’Meara and James Worpel.
We all know Chad Wingard is a rare talent, but the question is whether he can deliver the goods week in, week out. While he showed glimpses of his best during his first two seasons at Hawthorn, fans will expect even more from the former Port Adelaide star in 2021.
With Jon Patton and Ben Stratton retiring and James Sicily set to miss most of the season, the Hawks are crying out for tall timber at either end of the field. If Jacob Koschitzke picks up where he left off in the preseason, he could emerge as a genuine contender for the 2021 Rising Star.
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.