2021 AFL preview: Hawthorn Hawks team guide

How long will it take the Hawks to find a way back to the glory days of their triple premiership from 2013–15?

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With just 5 wins from a wretched 2020 season, coach Alastair Clarkson must be dreaming of the days from 2008 to 2015 when the Hawks collected trophies for fun.

You could be forgiven for thinking Clarkson must have become a little jaded entering his 17th season as Hawks coach. But club president Jeff Kennett insisted in the pre-season his coach is fit and firing after a good break.

The absence of James Sicily (knee), Jack Gunston (back surgery), Tom Scully (retired) and Jon Patton (stood down) will seriously test Hawthorn's depth. But if anyone can lift them out of the cellar, it's Clarkson. For a club in a rebuilding phase, simply making the finals will be a huge achievement for the Hawks.

How to watch Hawthorn Hawks AFL matches

AFL fans can watch a limited number of fixtures live and free on the Seven Network. Channel 7 only broadcasts four matches per week, which vary from state to state. To watch all AFL fixtures you'll need to get a paid subscription.

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Watch Hawthorn Hawks matches overseas

If you travel outside the country during AFL season you can still keep up with your favourite team from afar. Watch AFL lets you stream fixtures online without breaking the bank, so you don't have to miss a minute of Hawks action. Check out our article on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas for more details.

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When do Hawthorn Hawks play next?

Their first fixture in the 2021 AFL season will be against Essendon on 20 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Hawthorn Hawks. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

Round Date Match Stadium Kick-off How to watch
Round 1 Saturday, 20 March Essendon vs Hawthorn Marvel Stadium, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 2 Sunday, 28 March Hawthorn vs Richmond MCG, VIC 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 3 Monday, 5 April Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn MCG, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 4 Sunday, 11 April Fremantle vs Hawthorn Optus Stadium, WA 5:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 5 Sunday, 18 April Hawthorn vs Melbourne MCG, VIC 4:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 6 Sunday, 25 April Hawthorn vs Adelaide Crows University of Tasmania Stadium, TAS 12:30 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 7 Saturday, 1 May St Kilda vs Hawthorn Marvel Stadium, VIC 4:35 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 8 Saturday, 8 May Hawthorn vs West Coast Eagles MCG, VIC 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 9 Saturday, 15 May Hawthorn vs North Melbourne University of Tasmania Stadium, TAS 2:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 10 Saturday, 22 May Carlton vs Hawthorn MCG, VIC 1:45 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 11 Saturday, 29 May Gold Coast Suns vs Hawthorn SCG, NSW 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 14 Sunday ,20 June Hawthorn Hawks vs Essendon Bombers MCG, VIC 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 15 Sunday ,27 June Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Hawthorn Hawks Spotless Stadium 1:10 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 17 Saturday ,10 July Hawthorn Hawks vs Fremantle Dockers MCG, VIC 12:00 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Round 18 Saturday ,17 July Melbourne Demons v Hawthorn Hawks MCG, VIC 7:25 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel

Hawthorn Hawks squad

Player Number Name Position Career Games
22 Luke Breust Forward 207
47 Keegan Brooksby Ruck 14
9 Shaun Burgoyne Defender 376
18 Jonathon Ceglar Forward, Ruck 76
46 James Cousins Midfield 19
30 Will Day Defender 0
12 James Frawley Defender 225
8 Sam Frost Defender 91
13 Conor Glass Defender 17
45 Will Golds Midfield, Forward 0
44 Damon Greaves Defender 0
19 Jack Gunston Forward 192
41 Oliver Hanrahan Forward 9
15 Blake Hardwick Defender 66
27 Michael Hartley Defender 44
31 Ricky Henderson Midfield 152
17 Daniel Howe Defender, Midfield 62
4 Jarman Impey Defender 116
39 Emerson Jeka Forward 0
29 Changkuoth Jiath Defender 2
40 Harrison Jones Midfield 0
34 Jacob Koschitzke Defender 0
2 Mitchell Lewis Forward 14
32 Finn Maginness Midfield 0
7 Ben McEvoy Ruck 206
38 Darren Minchington Forward 28
3 Tom Mitchell Midfield 111
36 Dylan Moore Forward 7
35 Josh Morris Forward 0
1 Harry Morrison Midfield, Forward 31
11 Conor Nash Forward, Midfield 19
23 Tim O'Brien Defender, Forward 62
10 Jaeger O'Meara Midfield 92
25 Jonathon Patton Forward, Ruck 89
42 Harry Pepper Defender 0
28 Paul Puopolo Forward 190
43 Ned Reeves Ruck 0
37 Jackson Ross Forward 0
14 Jack Scrimshaw Defender 14
21 Tom Scully Midfield 173
26 Liam Shiels Midfield 205
6 James Sicily Defender 82
16 Isaac Smith Midfield 200
24 Benjamin Stratton Defender 188
33 Mathew Walker Forward 0
20 Chad Wingard Midfield, Forward 161
5 James Worpel Midfield 33

Hawthorn Hawks history

The Hawks were founded in 1902 and are the youngest of the Victorian teams in the AFL. So far, they have won 13 VFL/AFL premierships.

The Hawks enjoyed a particularly successful run in the early 2010s, winning consecutive premierships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Since then, they've made the finals twice more but lost in the semi-finals to the Western Bulldogs in 2016 and the Demons in 2018. They finished 15th on the ladder in 2020.

The club's current home ground is the MCG. They also play four games per year at their second ground of York Park in Launceston.

Image source: Hawthorn website

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