2020 AFL preview: Hawthorn Hawks team guide

The return of Tom Mitchell may help the Hawks exceed expectations in 2020.


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Hawthorn Hawks

The Hawthorn Hawks dropped out of the finals in 2019, finishing ninth on the ladder. They only recorded 5 wins in their first 14 matches, but eventually recovered to win 6 of their last 8 games. Ultimately, they finished with a 11-11 win-loss record, proving they still have the capacity to surprise.

A lot of Hawthorn's early troubles had to do with the fact that star Tom Mitchell suffered an injury and had to sit out the entire season. After a painstaking rehabilitation he's ready to return to the field, which may give Hawthorn the morale boost they need to start the 2020 AFL season on the right foot.

How to watch Hawthorn Hawks AFL matches

AFL fans can watch a limited number of fixtures live and free on Seven Network. That being said, Channel Seven 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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Alternatively, fans can also watch AFL games with AFL Live Pass, although live streaming is limited to a seven-inch display size. In other words, you can't watch live on the big screen. AFL Live Pass is available for free for selected Telstra customers. Non-Telstra users can purchase a weekly, monthly or season pass from the AFL live app.

For more in-depth information, our guide on how to stream the 2020 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 the Hawks action. Check out our article on how to stream the 2020 AFL season from overseas for more details.

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When do Hawthorn Hawks play next?

Their first fixture in the 2020 AFL season will be against the Brisbane Lions on 22 March. Here's the upcoming schedule for the Hawthorn Hawks. You can see the complete AFL draw here.

Round Day Date Match Stadium Kick-off (AEST) How to watch
Round 1 Sunday 22/3/20 Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions MCG, Vic 3:20 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 2 Friday 12/6/20 Geelong Cats vs Hawthorn GMHBA Stadium, VIC 7:50 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 3 Thursday 18/6/20 Richmond vs Hawthorn MCG, Vic 7:40 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, Channel 7
Round 4 Sunday 28/6/20 Hawthorn vs North Melbourne Marvel Stadium, VIC 6:05 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
Round 5 Sunday 5/7/20 GWS Giants vs Hawthorn Giants Stadium, NSW 6:05 PM Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass

Hawthorn Hawks squad

New Hawks players include Sam Frost and Jon Patton. Here's how the squad looks ahead of the 2020 AFL season.

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 Hawthorn 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 the semi-finals to the Western Bulldogs in 2016 and the Melbourne Demons in 2018.

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 Hawks team website

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