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Despite not entering the league until 1925, the Hawthorn Hawks have created one of the strongest histories of success in the AFL. They are best known in the modern era for winning four premierships in the 1980s, while also claiming three consecutive premierships between 2013 and 2015.
After managing a ninth-place finish in 2019 despite missing reigning Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell, his return – alongside the recruitment of Jonathon Patton and Sam Frost – was thought to put the Hawks back in the finals conversation.
However, despite a strong start, Hawthorn’s risky strategy of going all-in on their older list blew up in their face in 2020. They won just two matches after their 3-1 start and suffered the ignominy of being the first team to lose to Adelaide. Their 15th-place finish is an equal-worst under Alastair Clarkson.
Senior coach: Alastair Clarkson
2020 finish: 15th
2020 best and fairest: Jack Gunston
2020 leading goalkicker: Jack Gunston (31)
Premierships: 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
2020 Team List
Harry Morrison, Mitchell Lewis, Tom Mitchell, Jarman Impey, James Worpel, James Sicily, Ben McEvoy, Sam Frost, Shaun Burgoyne, Jaeger O’Meara, Conor Nash, James Frawley, Conor Glass, Jack Scrimshaw, Blake Hardwick, Isaac Smith, Daniel Howe, Jonathon Ceglar, Jack Gunston, Chad Wingard, Tom Scully, Luke Breust, Tim O’Brien, Ben Stratton, Jonathon Patton, Liam Shiels, Michael Hartley, Paul Puopolo, Changkuoth Jiath, Will Day, Ricky Henderson, Finn Maginness, Mathew Walker, Jacob Koschitzke, Josh Morris, Dylan Moore, Jackson Ross, Emerson Jeka, Harrison Jones, Oliver Hanrahan, Harrison Pepper, Need Reeves, Damon Greaves, Will Golds, James Cousins