Hawthorn had seven wins, two draws and 13 losses, finishing 14th, just behind Carlton on percentage, in season 2021.
The four matches ahead of us this weekend look set to provide everyone with a telling hint at what the end of the season may look like.
In Hawthorn versus Sydney, the two major premiership chances shape up in a game which may mean a lot come finals time. Gold Coast fight to keep their season alive against Brisbane while Collingwood and Adelaide play off for a spot in the top eight.
I’ll preview the big matches and give my tips.
Who wins out of the possible grand finalists?
This year may go down to the wire in the same fashion as 2012 did, as currently Hawthorn and Sydney look like the most possible teams to make it to that last Saturday of September.
The Swans have been flying ever since their last meet up with the Hawks, which they won, and are cruising at the top of the ladder as they sit comfortably as the premiership favourites. But Hawthorn sit in the top four, ready to build up a huge September assault.
They have gotten Josh Gibson back and will want to win this game to move up the ladder. I predict an extremely tight and brilliant contest. I generally am not sure who to tip, but I think Kurt Tippett being back for the Swans could just get them over the line. I will go against my greater instincts and tip Sydney. Swans by 3.
An early elimination final?
This game shapes up to be an absolute cracker. The Pies have come off a horrible last month and need to win this to make the finals. It would be hard to see Collingwood rebound and win enough games in a tough run home.
But Adelaide are inconsistent, but have shown good form over the past few rounds, nearly beating Hawthorn two weeks ago in a cracker of a match. I think that Collingwood will be better with Ben Reid and Jamie Elliot coming back, and will regain some form.
Scott Pendlebury and Dayne Beams can still lead from the middle and Reid and Elliot could prove to be keys either forward or back. Pies by 7.
Eagles by 21
Brisbane by 12
Swans by 3
Pies by 7