2020 AFL preview: Hawthorn Hawks team guide
The return of Tom Mitchell may help the Hawks exceed expectations in 2020.
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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.
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/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 and enjoy everything it has to offer, no strings attached. 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.
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?
|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|
|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 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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