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.
Kayo Sports, Foxtel and Foxtel Now broadcast all AFL fixtures besides the grand final both live and on demand. If you don't want to get pay TV, Kayo Sports is a great choice, with subscriptions starting at $25 a month. That buys you access to more than 50 sports, a user-friendly interface and exciting features like SplitView and Interactive Stats.
New users get a 14-day free trial to give the platform a try. There are no contracts involved, so you can cancel your subscription anytime. If you're still undecided, our Kayo vs Foxtel guide should help you figure out which service works best with your viewing habits.
For more in-depth information, our guide on how to stream the 2021 AFL season features a breakdown of providers that will come in handy.
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|
Hawthorn Hawks squad
|Player Number||Name||Position||Career Games|
|18||Jonathon Ceglar||Forward, Ruck||76|
|45||Will Golds||Midfield, Forward||0|
|17||Daniel Howe||Defender, Midfield||62|
|1||Harry Morrison||Midfield, Forward||31|
|11||Conor Nash||Forward, Midfield||19|
|23||Tim O'Brien||Defender, Forward||62|
|25||Jonathon Patton||Forward, Ruck||89|
|20||Chad Wingard||Midfield, Forward||161|
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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