#9   Hawthorn

Age: 36yr 3mth Games: 341 Born: Oct 21, 1982
Height: 186cm Weight: 89kg Position:

2017 Digest:   At 34 he led charge in opening JLT win over Cats, such is his professionalism. Defying age and getting on with it.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Ess Kept McDonald-Tipungwuti off the scoreboard then shifted into attack late. One of the Hawks’ best on the night. 7
2 Adel Veteran didn’t have the pop in his play required to rest the momentum off the Crows. Just another player today. 5
3 GCS Swung into attack to try and spark Hawks but the ball hardly got down there. 5
4 Geel Veteran playmaker tried his backside off in a handy display that featured six clearances and four tackles. 6
5 WCE Started forward and got a lot of ball then went behind the ball at stages too when required. Influential throughout. 7
6 StK Thrown around in a number of positions but didn’t have his normal influence. Made some uncharacteristic errors. 5
7 Melb Reason they call him “Silk”. Showed class each time he got it and one goal was an absolute ripper from 50 metres. 8
8 Bris His 19 possessions were almost all perfect. Business like performance going at 90 per cent efficiency. 6
9 Coll Half back with stints through the middle, but output a little flat (14 possessions). 3
10 Syd At his clutch best again. Two goals were huge in the context of the game, and rarely made an error. 8
11 Port Smooth mover rarely found the space to hurt Power and ended night with a total of 13 effective disposals. 4
12 GCS Battled hard both midfield and forward for 24 touches and four inside-50s. Handy but certainly didn’t star. 6
13 Bye.
14 Adel Old legs, quick brain and hands, hasn’t lost any of his footy smarts. 7
15 Coll Playing game 333 he again produced some highlights, including one goal that was like a chip over the goalkeeper. 8
16 GWS 23 disposals and seven clearances including four bursts out of the centre. Deserves to go on next year if he wants to. 7
17 Geel Veteran tried hard but not all went right for him; 19 disposals but no inside-50s and one goal. 5
18 Frem Took time to get into the game but when he did, he put his teammates into a good position. 5
19 Syd Constantly got forward of the Swans all night, another masterful performance against the red and white. 9
20 Rich Really quiet first half then found some form after half time. Ended with 21 disposals but only 12 effective. 5
21 NM Quiet day for Silk, but still impacted with two goals. 4
22 Carl Threatened to take the game away from the Blues with a strong last term. Always damaging. 7
23 WB Hit target with all 12 touches in first half and then effort petered out for 21 total possessions. Handy without starring. 6

2016 Season

1 Geel Played a role in dragging them back into the contest but gave away four frees. 6
2 WCE Got better as the game wore on at half back. Rarely wasted a possession as ever. 7
3 WB Worked hard with a game-high 10 tackles. As always, cool in a crisis. 7
4 StK A bit quieter this week but still influential when given space. 6
5 Adel In his 300th game the Hawk champ maintained high standard of pressure and output. 5
6 GWS Didn’t have his typical impact driving the ball forward. 4
7 Rich Lifted in strong second half and involved in plenty of attacking moves. 7
8 Frem Not a big game by his high standards. 4
9 Syd Can always be relied upon for a contribution and was handy down back. 5
10 Bris Solid in the backline and helped out in the midfield. Laid seven tackles, had five inside-50s. 7
11 Melb Quiet day at half back but did the right thing when needed. 4
13 NM Moved into middle to stem North’s early flow and did well. Went to Harvey later on. 7
14 GCS Veteran playmaker had a quiet one. Only goal came in final term. Two inside-50s. 4
16 Port Pushed forward late in the game for a great goal after some Rioli magic. 7
17 Syd Two brilliant goals in final term and nine clearances. A star who played like one. 8
18 Rich Used ball with care and iced game with four inside-50s and six tackles. 7
19 Carl Huge last term when the game up for grabs. Made all the right decisions. 8
20 Melb Among the better Hawks with his poise and two-way play. Six tackles. 7
21 NM Didn’t star but played his role from half back. Ball use superb throughout. 6
22 WCE Kicked 2.2 from 25 touches. Also laid seven tackles. 7
23 Coll Stepped it up when the game was on the line in the final term. Key player. 7
QF Geel Did the big things when it mattered – including big final term goal. All class. 6
SF WB Used the ball brilliantly and dangerous throughout. 8

2015 Season

1 Geel Really good when game was at its hottest and did his job with little fuss. 6
2 Ess Numbers look good but didn’t have his typical incisive touches going forward. 5
3 WB OK contributor. 5
4 Port Struggled to impose himself on the game. 5
5 NM Kept Nahas quiet and was effective when he had the ball. 6
6 GWS Used the ball beautifully out of the back half in a clinical display. 7
7 Melb Silky smooth in possession and never flustered. 7
8 Syd Poise and polish a highlight. One dash late in the game was all class. 6
9 GCS Handy player whose input never falls below a high level. 6
10 StK Kept a tight rein on Billings and sacrificed his own game. 6
12 Adel Continued to defy his age with another scintillating display. 7
13 Ess Apart from one dash he endured a quiet day. Rarely around the ball. 4
14 Coll On top of Fasolo in defence. 6
15 Frem Wasn’t asked to do a great deal across half back. Good in what he did. 5
16 Syd Used predominantly behind the ball effectively, particularly early. 5
17 Carl One of few Hawks to have a quiet one but contributed when needed. 5
18 Rich Stepped up to win plenty of the ball – six inside-50s and five clearances. 7
19 WCE All class and lifted when it really mattered. 6
20 Geel Handy but not at his line-breaking best. Only one inside-50. 5
21 Port Touches oozed class as always and drifted forward to be dangerous in attack. 7
22 Bris Did what he typically does. Classy with ball in hand and kicked running goal. 7
23 Carl Used in attack again and did a bit before being subbed out at half time. 3
QF WCE Two final-quarter goals but just four kicks in opening three quarters. 3
SF Adel More disposals in first term than he had in first three last week. Great response. 7
PF Frem Played back at times and got involved but not a huge influence. 5
GF WCE Finals master was uncompromising in defence and creative as well. 7

2014 Season

1 Bris Played a strong hand in the Hawks win, especially in the second term. 6
2 Ess Played predominantly forward and efficient with everything he did. 7
3 Frem Went to defence on Ballantyne. Did everything required as he usually does. 6
4 GCS Picked up heaps of the ball early in defence and went about his business. 7
5 Geel Steady without starring in variety of roles. Six tackles and one inside-50. 5
6 Rich In his 250th AFL game was his normal calm and efficient self. 7
7 StK Started in middle. Best on ground with totally polished display. 8
8 Syd Threatened to be the difference then Bird shut him out in final term. 7
10 Port Kept fighting til the end and produced two quality goals late in game. 7
11 GWS Quiet. Little or no influence. Only three inside-50s and no goals. 3
12 WCE Well contained, Had 18 disposals and six of them were in the first term. 5
13 Carl Key was fact he had seven of his 18 touches when game on line in final term. 6
14 Coll Switched between midfield and defence but struggled to make an impact. 6
15 GCS Skills came to the fore in trying conditions. 6
16 NM One of better performed Hawks and managed to break shackles. 5
17 Adel Planted himself at half back and pushed forward for a long goal. 6
18 Syd When it mattered he stepped up without being devastating. 6
19 WB Constantly slipped tackles and broke clear with good usage. 7
20 Melb Didn’t star but played his role and barely made an error. 6
21 Frem Used it well but drifted in and out of game. Lifted late. 7
22 Geel What he did had some polish about it but not a huge a game. 6
23 Coll Ball use and work-rate first class in a brilliant tune-up for finals. 7
QF Geel Not massive numbers but what he did do was influential – especially late. 7
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PF Port Began on Neade and although not a big game, did some telling things. 5
GF Syd Skill to pinpoint virtually every delivery that comes from five GFs. Massive early. 8

2013 Season

1 Geel Great opening half (16 touches) then fell away a little when Cats on top. 6
2 WCE Polished work in first term helped materially towards win 6
3 Coll Seven tackles and three goals a highlight of a solid, four-quarter effort. 8
4 Frem One of the Hawks best. Classy effort from a silky player. 8
5 NM Hard-working all day in midfield and was among best. 7
6 Adel Only three disposals until half time but responded well in the second half. 5
7 Syd Stout across half back without setting the world on fire. 5
8 GWS Plenty of the ball and generated constant drive. 7
9 GCS Most consistent Hawk for first three quarters then had quiet final term. 7
10 Melb Creative game when he was around the footy. A goal and two goal assists. 6
12 Carl Beaten in air a few times down back by Rowe. Not his finest performance. 4
13 WCE Used in variety of roles but work around packs first rate – three clearances. 6
14 Bris Matched on Rockliff for most of the day and contributed well. 7
15 Geel Really struggled. Just the eight effective disposals and only one inside-50. 3
16 Port Fired up his old team with a hip and shoulder on Logan. 6
17 Suspended.
18 Suspended.
19 Rich Battled hard in a variety of positions. Team-high seven tackles, five inside-50s. 6
20 StK Sunders lined up on him but he dictated terms. 7
21 Coll Tight rein on Blair and used ball well in limited touches. 5
22 NM Had hands full with Bastinac in third. Collected 20 disposals without starring. 5
23 Syd Prolific ball-winner from defence. 7
QF Syd Went forward in second quarter. Accomplished finals player and did it well. 6
PF Geel Brilliant at finish and was a major factor in win. 8
GF Frem Always had the clamps on Ballantyne and Pearce as well as creating himself. 6

2012 Season

1 Coll Really slow start but warmed up. Kicked huge 70-metre goal at key time. 4
2 Geel In backline early and won 10 touches by half-time. Strong last quarter. 7
3 Adel Quiet day by his standards. 3
4 WCE Used the ball well but didn’t have a huge impact. 5
5 Syd Flying start with five touches in first four minutes and had a good day. 6
6 StK Cool head under pressure on occasions. Doesn’t waste too many kicks. 5
7 Melb Steady game. 5
8 Frem De Boer matched up with him. Wasn’t a factor. 4
9 Rich Tigers matched a variety of players to him. Many of his disposals under duress. 6
10 NM Rebounded well from defence and did well in one-on-one contests. 6
11 Port Unjustly booed every time he collected a possession but it didn’t deter him. 6
12 Bris Raines tracked him early. Strong first half. 7
14 Carl Initially on wing against McLean then to Betts where he did a fine job. 7
16 WB Moved off Higgins after he kicked three goals. Not his greatest day. 4
17 Coll Quiet day for him but it mattered little. OK in a defensive forward role. 5
18 Ess Very low key deep in defence. 4
19 Geel Improved effort included two goals. Great final term nearly got side home. 7
20 Port Had 16 touches and was OK without having a huge influence. 5
21 GCS Picked up Ablett when the champ went into forward half 5
22 Syd Huge. Key goal late after grabbing 7 clearances and 16 contested possessions. 8
23 WCE Good form continues. Clean hands a feature, particularly down back. 6
QF Coll Gave zero in opening half (4 disp) then workrate lifted to help side get on top. 4
PF Adel Worked well down back and made crucial break from centre for late goal. 6
GF Syd Started on the much bigger Pyke. Excellent second half on ball. 6