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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

Ty's turn for the better

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Hawthorn v Geelong

Ty Vickery was impressive in the JLT2 match against North Melbourne, gathering 17 disposals and kicking two goals.

Following his off-season departure from Richmond, Hawthorn recruit Tyrone Vickery has a new-found sense of excitement as the 2017 season approaches.

Speaking to Matt Thompson from afl.com.au, the former Tiger said he feels reinvigorated after being exposed to a fresh system, despite Richmond coach Damien Hardwick being a former assistant to Vickery's new head coach, Alastair Clarkson.

"I'm sure every football club differs in varying ways. (Hardwick and Clarkson) have a few different philosophies on football and training. It's been really refreshing, having spent eight years in the one system, to have a complete change," Vickery said.

Despite leaving one success-starved club for a team that has won three of the last four premierships, the 2008 number eight draft pick...


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Burton's big break

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - North Melbourne v Hawthorn

Ryan Burton says he is focused on having "more of an impact on the opposition in terms of tackling and pressure".

After a horrid run of injuries, Ryan Burton looks set to enter the 2017 season in the best shape of his short AFL career.

“The body is feeling good,” says the young forward.

“I’ve had more of a pre-season this year which is great. It’s put me in pretty good stead leading into Round 1, and I’m feeling a lot better than I was last year.”

Selected with Pick 19 in the 2015 National Draft, Burton overcame a badly broken leg to make his AFL debut in Round 21 last year. He showed plenty of promise, stringing together four consecutive games before a calf injury early in the qualifying final prematurely ended his season.

Burton’s potential was certainly not lost on Hawthorn officials however, with the club entrusted him with the iconic number five guernsey late last year.

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Hawks earn 'Top 50' nod

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Roughead & Hodge Highlights Following the news that Jarryd Roughead and Luke Hodge have been included in the players top 50 list, we thought why not remind you of their two most recent seasons.

 

35. Jack Steven

St Kilda
Midfielder
Last year's ranking: 45
Official AFL Player Rating: 14
Debut: 2009
Games: 134
AFL Fantasy value: $630,000

One of the game's top midfielders, Steven won St Kilda's best and fairest in 2016 for the second year running after his best season. The 26-year-old has the ability to win the contested ball and burst from stoppages, averaging 5.5 clearances a game last year and 5.3 inside 50s. Though Steven has earned the players' nod with an 11-spot jump in the AFL Players' Top 50, his defensive game remains underrated. He ranks well above the AFL average with 5.6 tackles a game

34. Jarryd Roughead

Hawthorn
Forward
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A to Z of Hawks: X, Y, Z

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'Y' is for Youren Hear Colin Youren speak passionately about the Hawks' successful 1961 season.

We're going through the alphabet one letter at a time categorising our Hawthorn players by not just their talent, but their surname too.

We have considered premierships, accolades, and the number of games played, to come up with a select and prestigious crop of Hawks from throughout history.

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Colin Youren

Youren was a significant contributor to Hawthorn's first ever VFL premiership in 1961. Over an eight year career with the Hawks, the product of Scotch College in Melbourne developed a strong reputation with his pace and penetrative kicking from the wing position. Youren's 135 games for the club also included being in the losing side of the 1963 grand final. Youren was chosen to represent the state VFL side on five occasions.

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No knee-d to worry

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - North Melbourne v Hawthorn

O'Meara says he feels confident that his troublesome knee will hold up.

Hawthorn recruit Jaeger O'Meara is optimistic his troublesome knee will hold up for his debut season at the Hawks after two impressive outings in the JLT Community Series.

The former Gold Coast midfielder missed all of the past two seasons battling serious knee injuries but has started his career at Hawthorn in strong form.

He racked up 22 disposals, seven clearances and kicked a clever goal in the Hawk's pre-season loss to North Melbourne on Sunday to further press his claims to be ready for the club's round one clash with Essendon.

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The 23-year-old said he was hopeful of playing in the Hawks' final pre-season hit-out and that he had faith in his body.

"It felt good, obviously it was my second hit-out so I blew out some more cobwebs. It's good to get some...


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Weekend Wrap: JLT2

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Marc Pittonet of the Hawks had his work cut out for him against North ruck duo Braydon Preuss and Todd Goldstein.

Mitchell amasses

In his first outing as a Hawthorn player, the former Swan showed his new fans exactly what they can expect from their new ball magnet. Gathering a team-high 26 disposals and nine contested possessions, the 23-year old said he was very excited to have a competitive hit-out after a long pre-season.

"To finally play a game together was good to get some exposure and work together. We obviously have a lot to work on but it was reasonable start," Mitchell said post match.

Comeback kids provide strong returns

On the back of their exciting returns to the field last week, Jarryd Roughead and Jaeger O'Meara delighted Hawks fans again as the pair excelled against the Kangaroos. Both enjoying large stints in the midfield, O'Meara had a team-high seven clearances...


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A to Z of Hawks: W

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'W' is for Wallace Hear about Terry Wallace's Hawthorn career from the man himself, on Fox Footy's Open Mike.

We're going through the alphabet one letter at a time categorising our Hawthorn players by not just their talent, but their surname too.

We have considered premierships, accolades, and the number of games played, to come up with a select and prestigious crop of Hawks from throughout history.

Your vote counts.

Terry Wallace

Nicknamed "Plough" for his tough, crashing playing style, Wallace carved out a nine-year career with the Hawks, playing 174 games. A leading midfielder of his time, Wallace, whose original club was Camberwell in the VFA, became a dual All Australian in the brown and gold. A three-time premiership player, Wallace also won two Peter Crimmins Medals, including one in the premiership year of 1983.

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Match report: JLT2

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NORTH Melbourne's historic return to Arden Street proved fruitful after a 21-point win over Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon. 

After an injury-plagued pre-season, North would have been chiefly relieved to see Todd Goldstein (ankle), Robbie Tarrant (back), Scott Thompson (adductor) and Majak Daw play their first games of 2017 and emerge unscathed. 

Meanwhile Hawthorn had its first glimpse of its three boom recruits Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O'Meara and Ty Vickery playing together on Sunday and Hawks fans would have loved what they saw in the 0.13.17 (95) to 0.11.8 (74) result.

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Midfielders O'Meara (recruited from Gold Coast) and Mitchell (Sydney) were both prime movers for the Hawks against North, with O'Meara's run and contested work particularly impressive, while he added a brilliant goal in the second quarter with an around-the-body set shot. 

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Issie impressed by young Hawks

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Hawthorn v Geelong

While Smith was happy to get away with the win, he says to team have plenty to work on.

Hawthorn sealed its first JLT Series win on Friday night, holding off the fast-finishing Cats to stay four points ahead at the final siren.

Isaac Smith had a successful outing, mustering 21 touches and kicking an important goal in the last quarter.

While Smith is satisfied the team was able to get the job done (largely thanks to an on-the-siren goal by Kade Stewart), he admits there is plenty to work on in the week ahead.

“We know that in JLT it doesn’t really matter if you win or lose, you just want to achieve the goals you set as a team before the game.”

“We obviously played really well in the first half, but in the second quarter they came out firing.”

“They got a run on, and we just couldn’t win the ball around stoppages, and it took until three quarter time for us to reassess and get back to...


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Is it Teia's turn?

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AFL 2017 JLT Community Series - Hawthorn v Geelong

Miles was particularly impressive in the first half, finding plenty of the football.

In Hawthorn’s nail biting four-point win against Geelong on Friday night, several young Hawks stepped up to the plate and staked their claim for regular senior selection.

Teia Miles was among them. The versatile defender managed 17 disposals for the game, with nine of them coming in a busy first quarter.

Though Geelong managed to claw back a 41-point lead to hit the front deep into the third quarter, Miles was happy to get away with the win.

“We want to taste that winning feeling.

“Hopefully we’ll be winning lots of games during the season, and there’s no better time to start than in the JLT series.”

Fresh off a successful season with Box Hill in which he finished third in the VFL side’s best and fairest award, Miles is experiencing his best pre-season campaign to date.

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Hawks take Tassie 2.0

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Hawthorn will return home to Waverley on Saturday evening, having completed their Australia Post AFL Community Camp in Launceston.


Aside from training commitments and their first JLT encounter against Geelong on Friday night, the Hawks have been making the most of their Tassie time by visiting schools to support the ‘Looking After ME’ program and getting involved in other community initiatives.


Josh Gibson and Hawthorn staff visited the Prospect Hawks women’s side on Thursday afternoon to offer advice to the aspiring athletes hoping to make it at AFL level.

While a short hiatus was taken on Friday so the team could focus on the JLT match, the boys were straight back into it on Saturday morning, competing in an entertaining ‘sell off’ at the local harvest market.

James Sicily spent his morning zip lining 20 metres above ground at the Penny Royal Adventures park, while several of the...


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Will Hodge play on?

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DESPITE everything pointing in that direction, Luke Hodge is not yet fully convinced this will be the 17th and final season of his illustrious 284-game career at Hawthorn.

It has all the hallmarks of a farewell season for the 32-year-old.

He has handballed the captaincy to Jarryd Roughead after a six-year stint that included four Grand Finals and three premierships. 

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson has given him the freedom to spend more time away from the club this year, pursuing business interests and to develop his burgeoning media career, with more match day appearances for Channel Seven and Triple M.

But in an exclusive interview with AFL.com.au at Hawthorn's community camp in Tasmania, Hodge looks and feels invigorated.

"It's funny," he said on Thursday, as he pulled up a chair in an office ahead of a meet and greet at the Lilydale District School, located about 20 kilometres...


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Match preview: JLT 1

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SUMMARY


Hawthorn and Geelong have each shown an eagerness to get their years off to a positive start, with both teams selecting strong line-ups to kick off their respective 2017 campaigns. Hawthorn have named 14 of their premiership players in the side that will travel down to Tasmania, while Geelong have included reigning Brownlow Medallist Patrick Dangerfield, as well as fellow big names Tom Hawkins, Harry Taylor and Andrew Mackie. This clash marks just the second time these premiership contenders have met in Tasmania, the other occasion in 2007 when the Hawks edged the Cats by four points in a round four match-up.

WHERE AND WHEN: University of Tasmania Stadium (formerly Aurora Stadium), Friday, February 17, 7.40pm EDT

TV AND RADIO: 

TV: Live on Fox Footy

Radio: SEN, K-Rock and AFL Nation

WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME
Qualifying Final: Geelong 12.13 (85) d Hawthorn 12.11 (83) at MCG

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Community Camp Day 1

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Taylor Duryea Press Conference The doc spoke with the media in Tassie today about all things Roughead, 2017 season and community camp.

The Hawks are currently in Launceston completing their Australia Post AFL Community Camp.

On Day 1 of camp, the boys travelled to several local primary schools to address the students involved in the Looking after ME program and discuss healthy living.

Spreyton, Perth, Exeter, Hagley Park, Ravenswood Heights, Sacred Heart, West Launceston and Montello Primary Schools were just a few of the destinations on Hawthorn's map today, as the boys mingled with the kids, took photos, and soaked up the Launceston community spirit. Earlier in the day, several of the players also lent a helping hand by helping to serve breakfast at both the City Mission and the Luke Batty Breakfast.

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JLT 'juggling act'

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AFL 2017 Media - Hawthorn Hawks Team Photo Day

While it looks like O'Meara will don the brown and gold for the first time this Friday, Mitchell will have to wait at least another week.

Hawthorn has announced its 29-man squad to take on the Cats in Round 1 of the JLT Community Series, with Jarryd Roughead headlining a number of big name inclusions.

GM- Football and Operations Jason Burt says that while a close eye will be kept on Roughead, he believes the new skipper is ready for the challenge.

“There aren’t any restrictions on Rough in terms of how long he plays for,” said Burt.

“We’ll just see how he handles the loads. He’s been out of the game a long time, but he’s fit and well and ready to go.”

Teia Miles and Dallas Willsmore are two young Hawks that are yet to make their senior debut, but have impressed coaching staff enough across the course of the pre-season to warrant their selection.

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"We're not deteriorating" - Duryea

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AFL 2016 NAB Challenge - Hawthorn v Carlton

Taylor Duryea says the Hawks are "optimistic" about the season ahead.

Hawthorn has touched down in Launceston ahead of Friday’s JLT Community Series match against the Cats.

According to Hawks’ defender Taylor Duryea, the boys are looking forward to the challenge of facing a strong Geelong outfit.

“Apart from [the absence] of a few notables, they’re looking really strong so it’s great for us to have a hit out against such a high profile opponent.”

“We’ve had great battles with them in the past, so to [be up against] a team like Geelong in the first JLT match is really good for us.”

Though the Hawks have experienced significant change in personnel since their last AFL encounter, Duryea believes the new look playing group is as strong as ever.

“We’re optimistic about this year.

“We don’t feel like the group is deteriorating or on the way down, so we’re quite buoyed by what 2017 can...


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A to Z of Hawks: L

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'L' is for Langford Catch the moment when Chris Langford raises his Hawks guernsey with pride following the club's Round 22 victory against Melbourne in the 1996 'merger game'.

AFL 2013 Toyota Grand Final - Hawthorn v Fremantle

Brian Lake winning his Norm Smith Medal at the 2013 grand final.

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We have considered premierships, accolades, and the number of games played, to come up with a select and prestigious crop of Hawks from throughout history.

Your vote counts.

 

 

Chris Langford

Chris Langford began his career in 1983, playing on the wing and as a pinch-hitting second ruckman when required. It wasn’t until the 1985 retirements of both David O'Halloran and Peter Knights, that Langford was chosen to fill the massive voids left by the two great Hawk defenders. Two years later, Langford won All...


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Roughy's return

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AFL 2017 Portraits - Hawthorn

Jarryd Roughead is set to return to football on Friday night against Geelong.

This week our new captain and favourite son Jarryd Roughead will make an emotional comeback to the football field. We thought we would have a look at what has happened since Roughy played his last game, and just how much he means to the Hawks fortunes.

The last game that Roughead played was the 2015 Grand Final against the West Coast Eagles. Roughead was hugely influential, helping the Hawks complete the threepeat with his 26 disposals, nine marks and one goal. His 26 possessions was his seventh highest career disposals tally.

Season 2015 was one of Roughead's better seasons. Throughout the year the superstar recorded four of his five career highest disposal counts, including two 30 possession games, as he made the most of receiving an up-tick in midfield time. This also created his career highest season...


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29-man squad announced

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Jarryd Roughead headlines a number of inclusions in the Hawks' 29-man squad.

Jarryd Roughead is set to make his highly anticipated return to football in Round 1 of the JLT Community Series, with the Hawks naming the new skipper in their extended 29-man squad to face Geelong.

The team will head to Launceston on Wednesday afternoon to complete their Australia Post AFL Community Camp, before meeting the Cats at UTAS Stadium on Friday night.

Another talking point is the inclusion of boom recruit Jaeger O’Meara. Following two years of ongoing knee injuries, O’Meara looks set to pull on the brown and gold guernsey for the first time since being traded from the Gold Coast Suns at the end of the 2016 season.

Ty Vickery is also likely to run out with his new teammates for the first time, with the Richmond free agent also named in the Hawk’s extended squad.

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Quick look at the Cats

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AFL 2016 Second Qualifying Final - Geelong v Hawthorn

This Friday's pre-season encounter will be the first time Hawthorn meet Geelong since their narrow qualifying final loss last year.

In the lead-up to the pre-season opening clash against Geelong on Friday, we take a look at how the Cats have been faring this pre-season and who is putting their hand up to take their game to the next level. 

Key forward Tom Hawkins has made a rapid return to full fitness, with the Cats believing he could play the pre-season opener against Hawthorn in Launceston. The 28-year-old only joined full training in mid-January after having a knee operation in October last year. In 2016, Hawkins was the Cats' leading goal kicker for the fifth year in succession, booting 55 goals to bring his career tally to 387. 

The Cats are likely to trial occasionally throwing reigning Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield forward throughout the JLT Community Series. After...


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