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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

One year on: The 2016 draft class

A detailed assessment of how last year's draft crop and rookies performed in 2017

Pick 15: Jordan Gallucci 
Made his AFL debut in the Crows' round nine win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, gathering 11 possessions and kicking a goal. It was his only senior appearance of the season as the midfielder spent the rest of the year in the SANFL where he played 13 games. The Victorian is yet to sign a new contract beyond the end of 2018.

Pick 44: Myles Poholke 
Played 16 games in the SANFL alternating between the midfield and half-forward. Has the physical attributes for senior football already, but needs to improve his tank, ball use and defensive responsibilities to take the next step. Rewarded with a two-year extension until the end of 2020.

Pick 51: Elliott Himmelberg 
Looks like a solid key position prospect after kicking 19 goals in his 13 games in the SANFL. However, a foot...


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Potential Round 1 blockbusters

Get to know Jarman Find out all about our newest player Jarman Impey.

THE 2018 AFL fixture hasn't quite been set in stone, but it is being passed around the various stakeholders for their final approval.

>>The full home and away fixture will be released on October 31

For now, it is shrouded in secrecy, which leaves us to have a stab at what would like to see when the season opens on March 22.

Remember, the emphasis is on 'like to see'. We've loaded the marquee attractions all into the opening weekend and we know the League will string out the big games and the grudge matches over the first few weeks.

But one can hope.

MARCH 22

THURSDAY NIGHT

Richmond v Carlton (MCG) 7.40pm AEDT
One opening-round match-up we can predict with absolute conviction is the traditional Tigers-Blues clash. And if you still think Richmond winning the flag is some sort of dream/nightmare from which you are...


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The ones that got away

Last week, we put together Hawthorn’s Team of Trades - the best 22 men who started their careers elsewhere before donning the brown and gold.

This week, we’re focusing on the ones that got away.

With 13 premierships from the last 56 years, we certainly wouldn’t change a thing. But that’s not to say we don’t occasionally wonder about the ‘what ifs’ had some of the men of this calibre stuck it out in the brown and gold. 

Some hit their peak at Waverley, some soared at their second homes, some…TBC.

Here are the best 22 players who started AFL life as a Hawk, before switching stripes and continuing their careers elsewhere.

 

Luke Hodge – The ‘Hodge’ story is fresh in all footy fans’ minds, after only last month watching the Hawthorn great backflip on retirement to continue his career with the Lions. 

While Hodge’s career in the maroon, blue and gold is yet to transpire, the former...


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Post-trade line ups

THE 2018 Trade Period saw 31 trades completed and a host of players and draft picks switch clubs.

Consensus seems to have the Bombers and the Power as the big winners from October's swapfest, but who traded for depth and the long-term, and who traded for the here and now?

Our reporters give their take on each club's best 22 after all the trades have been done.

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

NOTES: Bryce Gibbs slots straight into the side and bolsters the Crows' midfield. He can also fill-in across half-back with Brodie Smith set to miss most of the season. North Melbourne veteran Sam Gibson provides extra...


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Post-trade line ups

THE 2018 Trade Period saw 31 trades completed and a host of players and draft picks switch clubs.

Consensus seems to have the Bombers and the Power as the big winners from October's swapfest, but who traded for depth and the long-term, and who traded for the here and now?

Our reporters give their take on each club's best 22 after all the trades have been done.

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

NOTES: Bryce Gibbs slots straight into the side and bolsters the Crows' midfield. He can also fill-in across half-back with Brodie Smith set to miss most of the season. North Melbourne veteran Sam Gibson provides extra...


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Post-trade line ups

THE 2018 Trade Period saw 31 trades completed and a host of players and draft picks switch clubs.

Consensus seems to have the Bombers and the Power as the big winners from October's swapfest, but who traded for depth and the long-term, and who traded for the here and now?

Our reporters give their take on each club's best 22 after all the trades have been done.

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

NOTES: Bryce Gibbs slots straight into the side and bolsters the Crows' midfield. He can also fill-in across half-back with Brodie Smith set to miss most of the season. North Melbourne veteran Sam Gibson provides extra...


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Out-of-contract Hawks

Wright on Hodge and Hartung List Manager Graham Wright spoke to HawksTV to give an update on Luke Hodge and Billy Hartung during the trade period.

Out-of-contract Hawks Jono O'Rourke and Kade Stewart won't know their playing fates until after this week's NAB AFL Trade Period. 

They are two of four Hawthorn footballers still seeking a contract for 2018, along with Billy Hartung and Kurt Heatherley.

The O'Rourke camp is confident the No.2 pick in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft will remain at the Hawks next year as a rookie at minimum. 

The former Greater Western Sydney midfielder didn't play a senior match for the first time in his five seasons on an AFL list as he again dealt with hamstring issues.

O'Rourke, 23, scattered 18 games across his previous four years, including nine in his first two seasons for Hawthorn after the Hawks traded picks 19 and 43 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft to the...


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Out-of-contract Hawks

Wright on Hodge and Hartung List Manager Graham Wright spoke to HawksTV to give an update on Luke Hodge and Billy Hartung during the trade period.

Out-of-contract Hawks Jono O'Rourke and Kade Stewart won't know their playing fates until after this week's NAB AFL Trade Period. 

They are two of four Hawthorn footballers still seeking a contract for 2018, along with Billy Hartung and Kurt Heatherley.

The O'Rourke camp is confident the No.2 pick in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft will remain at the Hawks next year as a rookie at minimum. 

The former Greater Western Sydney midfielder didn't play a senior match for the first time in his five seasons on an AFL list as he again dealt with hamstring issues.

O'Rourke, 23, scattered 18 games across his previous four years, including nine in his first two seasons for Hawthorn after the Hawks traded picks 19 and 43 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft to the...


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A letter to members

AFL 2014 Toyota Grand Final - Sydney v Hawthorn

"I have inherited a club in a very different position than I did in 2005."

Jeff Kennett has penned the following letter to members following Tuesday's announcement of Hawthorn's new CEO.

Read: Hawks announce CEO

Good afternoon Hawkers,

I just thought I would give you a brief update on the things that have kept me busy on your behalf since I resumed the presidency of our great club two weeks ago today.

Firstly, I have met with all the senior executive team on a one on one basis, not only to re-introduce myself, but to bring myself up to speed on what they have been doing, where they are at, and their future aspirations.

I have got to say, but am not surprised, that the quality of the club’s senior executives is first class. Not only their personal values and commitment to Hawthorn, but their level of professionalism.

While other things may have been distracting the Board and the...


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A letter to members

AFL 2014 Toyota Grand Final - Sydney v Hawthorn

"I have inherited a club in a very different position than I did in 2005."

Jeff Kennett has penned the following letter to members following Tuesday's announcement of Hawthorn's new CEO.

Read: Hawks announce CEO

Good afternoon Hawkers,

I just thought I would give you a brief update on the things that have kept me busy on your behalf since I resumed the presidency of our great club two weeks ago today.

Firstly, I have met with all the senior executive team on a one on one basis, not only to re-introduce myself, but to bring myself up to speed on what they have been doing, where they are at, and their future aspirations.

I have got to say, but am not surprised, that the quality of the club’s senior executives is first class. Not only their personal values and commitment to Hawthorn, but their level of professionalism.

While other things may have been distracting the Board and the...


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Hawthorn's team of trades

It is certainly a risk when a player opts (or is told) to change their colours midway through their AFL career.

Some of these risks flop. Some don’t show their true worth until years down the track.

Some pay off in spades.

Today we’re focussing on the latter, as we put together Hawthorn’s best 22 players who spent time at other clubs before moving to Waverley and finding (or continuing) career best form. 

Here we go…

Josh Gibson: Selected with Pick 7 in the 2005 Rookie Draft, an afro-haired Josh Gibson notched up 65 (somewhat modest) games as a Kangaroo, before requesting a trade to the Hawks. 

Hawthorn saw untapped potential in the 25-year-old defender and, early on Day 1 of trade period, Gibson was exchanged for picks 25 and 41.

Three premierships, two Peter Crimmins Medals and an All Australian selection later, Gibson is considered one of Hawthorn’s best bargains in trade...


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Hodge officially a Lion

Hodge's farewell speech Luke Hodge said he will be Hawthorn Always as he said goodbye to the Hawks at the 2017 PCM.

Hawthorn Football Club has today received picks 43 and 75 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft from the Brisbane Lions in exchange for Luke Hodge and pick 44.

Hodge informed the Hawthorn Football Club of his desire to play for the Lions earlier this month, with both clubs keen to facilitate his request.

Hawthorn Recruiting and List Manager Graham Wright said:

“While we were hoping for a slightly higher draft pick, we are pleased a deal was able to be reached which allows Luke to take up this new opportunity with the Lions,” Wright said.

“Luke has been an outstanding servant of this football club over the last 16 years and we understand the personal development opportunities involved with his decision.

“We wish Luke, Lauren, Cooper, Chase and Leo all the best as they embark on...


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Behind the Hodgey trade

AFL 2017 Round 23 - Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs

"Whenever you leave the football club, it's got to be in a better position." - Hodge.

Hawthorn great Luke Hodge is officially a Brisbane Lion and set to play for two more seasons, with his decision to turn his back on retirement complete.

The 33-year-old leaves Waverley Park as a four-time premiership player – three of them as captain – dual Norm Smith medallist, triple All Australian and dual club best and fairest.

Read: Hodge traded to Lions

Robbie D'Orazio, of Connors Sports, told reporters the Hodge deal was a win-win situation. Hodge is likely to move into coaching at the club once his playing days end.

"It's a great story for footy that Hodgey gets to play for another two years," D'Orazio said.

Hodge, the No.1 pick in the 2001 'super draft', announced his retirement in July ahead of his 300th match and finished the season on 305 games.

But speculation about his future had...


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The 2017 trade wrap

In: Bryce Gibbs, Sam Gibson, picks 12, 39, 77, 2018 first-round pick (Melbourne), 2018 second-round pick (Carlton), 2018 third-round pick (Carlton) and 2018 fourth-round pick (Melbourne)

Out: Charlie Cameron, Jake Lever, Harrison Wigg, picks 16, 36, 54, 73, 91, 2018 second-round pick, 2018 third-round pick and 2018 fourth-round pick

Win: Bolstered the midfield

Lose: A pair of gun youngsters 

2017 draft picks: 12, 39, 77, 109

What they couldn't get done: The Crows were linked with contracted Bomber Aaron Francis, but declined to make a serious play for the South Australian.

Nick Bowen's verdict: The Crows were put on the back foot before the trade period when Jake Lever and Charlie Cameron requested trades. They made the best of a bad situation, getting a deal done early for Lever that netted them two first-round picks and gave them time to get trades done for Bryce Gibbs and...


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Live pick trading predicted for 2018

Wright sums up our 2017 trades Graham Wright spoke with HawksTV to discuss the trades that he made during the recent trade period and where that leaves the Hawks for the upcoming draft.

Hawthorn List and Recruiting Manager Graham Wright has hinted at the possibility of live pick trading on draft night, which could be initiated as early as 2018. 

“I think it’ll come in next year, that’s my understanding,” Wright said, following the conclusion of the 2017 trade period. 

“It hasn’t been fully tested, or [we haven’t been told] how it would work and where we’d all be, whether all the clubs would be at our home bases or actually in one venue.” 

“But my opinion is it’ll come in next year, which will be exciting.” 

The concept would allow clubs to swap picks in real time on draft night - a tactic that is already a central element to sport in America, including NBA and NFL.

Read: A full...


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Post-trade draft order

Below is the indicative order of selection for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following the trade period.

The draft will be held in Sydney on Friday, November 24. 

Rookie list promotions are included among the compulsory minimum of three selections that each club must have at the draft, but the names of these players will not be formally read out at the draft.

Read: Live-trading draft picks - could we see it in 2018?

Each pick is given a points value as part of the AFL's bidding system for father-son and academy prospects.

Note: Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for the loss of Jackson Trengove, after later taking in Tom Rockliff and Steven Motlop as a free agents.

Indicative draft order

ROUND ONE
BL 1. Brisbane Lions
FREM 2. Fremantle (received from Gold Coast via Lachie Weller trade)
CARL 3. Carlton
NMFC 4. North Melbourne
FRE 5. Fremantle
COLL 6. Collingwood
STK 7. St Kilda...

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Indicative draft order: Post free agency

Schoey 'I love this club' Ryan Schoenmakers reflects on the year and where he feels the team is going as it approaches another break before starting pre-season.

Below is the indicative order of selection for the 2017 NAB AFL Draft following the 2017 premiership season.

The draft will be held in Sydney on Friday, November 24. The order is subject to change throughout the NAB AFL Trade Period and will be updated on this page.

Rookie list promotions are included among the compulsory minimum of three selections that each club must have at the draft, but the names of these players will not be formally read out at the draft.

Read: Hawks nab Port speedster

Each pick is given a points value as part of the AFL's bidding system for father-son and academy prospects.

Note: Port Adelaide will not receive any compensation for the loss of Jackson Trengove, after later taking in Tom Rockliff as a...


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Draft steals in the 60s

More Impey to get excited about With the news that Jarman Impey is coming to the Hawks, it's time to get aquatinted with the new guy in town.

After receiving Pick 68 as part of the exchange that saw Jarman Impey make his way to Waverley, we thought we’d look to previous drafts to see what a pick in the 60s could potentially uncover.

Read: What the draft order currently looks like

While many budding young talents are snapped up during the first handful of selections on draft night, there are often plenty of diamonds who slip through the cracks and are ripe for the plucking when teams enter the fourth round of selections.

You need only look as far as Hawthorn’s current starting 22 for evidence. Triple-premiership forward Paul Puopolo, dual-premiership defender Taylor Duryea and promising youngster Kaiden Brand all found their way to the Hawks via a pick in the 60s. 

Together, they...


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Trade flashback: the Greene machine

1980's VFL - Hawthorn v Fitzroy

Russell Greene went on to become a three-time premiership player with Hawthorn during the 1980s.

The year was 1980. 

Russell Greene was midway through his seventh season as a Saint. 

In the years before drafts and free agency, it wasn’t unheard of for players to change clubs midway through the season. 

The St Kilda midfielder trained at Moorabbin as usual on the Thursday night ahead of the Round 9 clash against Footscray two days later, and was told by then-St Kilda Coach Alex Jesaulenko he’d be lining up against in-form wingman Doug Hawkins.

When Greene returned home, there was a phone message waiting for him from Hawthorn captain Don Scott.
 
36 hours later, he was running out to play for Hawthorn against North Melbourne at Waverley. So left in the dark were his new teammates that a few of them saw him in the car park before the game and assumed he had driven to the wrong...


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Trade talk: Hodge and Hartung

Wright on Hodge and Hartung List Manager Graham Wright spoke to HawksTV to give an update on Luke Hodge and Billy Hartung during the trade period.

It is still unclear how Luke Hodge will make his way to the Lions, with the two clubs yet to reach an agreement midway through the trade period.

“The Lions are going to come back to us later in the week, so probably Wednesday or Thursday,” List and Recruiting Manager Graham Wright said on Monday afternoon.

“We’re hopeful of having something done during that time.” 

Wright says the delay isn’t a matter of either party playing hardball, but rather a waiting game to see how other trades play out. 

“I think there’s goodwill on both sides to try and get something done so we’re waiting to see what that is.”

If a deal doesn’t get completed before the 2pm cut off on Thursday, Hodge will need to nominate for the 2018 pre-season draft, for which...


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