#7   Hawthorn

Age: 30yr 4mth Games: 168 Born: Jul 11, 2020
Height: 200cm Weight: 102kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Facing a challenge from Vickery as No. 1 ruckman. At the moment it’s his but landscape could change.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 Ess Even battle in ruck with McKernan, whose athleticism troubled him at stages. Pushed forward for two handy goals though. 6
2 Adel Big man couldn’t get near it in opening stanza and was well beaten by Jacobs in the head-to-head duel. 3
3 GCS Out rucked by Witts. Not a massive presence around the ground either. 4
4 Geel Game 150 ended badly. Actually one of the Hawks’ best but the effort mattered little as side crumbled around him. 7
5 WCE Sensational in third term and ran the game out well opposed to Vardy. Marking was back to its best. 8
6 StK Snuck forward a couple of times on Longer to kick two goals. One of the few Hawks who can hold head high. 7
7 Melb Able to use his height to create havoc up forward with two first half goals that proved crucial; 11 hit-outs to advantage. 6
8 Bris Beaten in the ruck by Martin but as always, made himself a target inside 50. 5
9 Coll Continued his good season. Only two kicks but got involved tackling (seven) and managed a goal. 5
10 Syd Continued fine season in the ruck with 40-odd hitouts and helped get team off to a fast start. 7
11 Port Got hammered in the ruck by Ryder and just battled. Couple of nice marks but that was about it. 3
12 GCS Struggled early but last 45 minutes was really solid. Kicked a goal and had 32 hit-outs and two clearances. 6
13   Shoulder.  
14 Adel Came out even with Jacobs, neither ruckman dominated. 5
15 Coll Inform ruckman took it to Grundy. Won some key taps to set up team early in final term; 9 possessions. 6
16 GWS 53 hitouts, five marks and a couple grassed. Missed a set shot in the fourth quarter he should have nailed. Beat Mummy though. 8
17 Geel Rucked well in what was a great battle with Smith; 14 hit-outs to advantage and 10 possessions. Did his job. 6
18 Frem Would have liked a better performance against Darcy. But kicked a goal. 6
19 Syd A good night for Big Ben who was also in the physical wars, 23 hit outs and 16 disposals. 7
20 Rich Quiet early and theme continued for the day in what was one of his few bad ones for the year. 2
21 NM Directly assisted Bruest for three of his goals and kicked one of his own. Solid in the middle. 6
22 Carl Great battle with Kreuzer. Worked hard around the ground and kicked a goal when drifting forward. 7
23 WB Rucked pretty much all night and took some timely marks all over the ground. Won the centre clearance battle. 7

2016 Season

1 Geel The better of the two rucks, but unable to go with Smith around the ground. 4
2 WCE Started in ruck and kicked first goal. Naitanui had his measure in hitouts but battled hard. 5
3 WB His two goals, including one late, put the cream on a good game in the ruck. 7
4 StK Steady ruck effort against former club. Strong body in contest at times was handy. 5
5 Adel Strong game in ruck and chipped in with a goal. 5
6 GWS Found the ball well in early passages and ruckwork was just fair. 5
7 Rich Good in the ruck, but Ceglar did more in attack. 5
8 Frem Did plenty of heavy work in packs and generated moves. 6
9 Syd No impact in first quarter but clawed his way back into contest. 5
10 Bris Played his role up forward and in the ruck. Took three marks inside 50 and kicked 3.0. 6
11 Melb Took one strong mark but that was about it. Not a day for big men. 3
13 NM Stats don’t show it but his bullocking work around the ground was useful. 6
14 GCS Rotated ruck/forward but was hardly sighted. Two kicks, three marks. 3
16 Port Great double act with Ceglar, combined the ruck duties with resting up forward well. 6
17 Syd Thrashed by Swan duo. Didn’t take a mark and managed two kicks. 2
18 Rich Seven marks and one goal. Handy without going overboard. 5
19 Carl Clunked some telling marks and kicked an important goal late in the game. 5
20 Melb Got out under Gawn spell and struggled to impact. Two marks and four kicks. 2
21 NM Couldn’t get into the game to any great degree in ruck or up forward. 3
22 WCE Couldn’t stop Naitanui from giving the Eagles first use. 4
23   Back.  
QF Geel On top in ruck duels and brought ball to ground but not as influential around field. 5
SF WB Nine hit-outs to advantage, took a few marks and roved his own work at times. 6

2015 Season

1 Geel Goal late in second term and kicked another which was a highlight. 4
2 Ess Rotated through ruck/forward then shifted to defence to mind Carlisle. Did OK. 5
3 WB Played his role in ruck with time in attack and also prepared to work back. 5
4 Port Got caught out on Schulz when Lake was subbed out. 4
5 NM Deputised for Ceglar in ruck and spent time in a few other roles. Solid. 5
6 GWS Found it tough to get into the game and was subbed out late in the third quarter. 3
7   Hamstring.  
8   Hamstring.  
9   Hamstring.  
10 VFL Spent time in ruck and attack. 21 hitouts and a goal.
11 VFL Bye.
12 VFL 31 hitouts and a goal. Had a big impact in first half.
13 VFL Hawks’ best in ruck/forward. 16 possessions, 49 hitouts.
14 VFL 43 hitouts and a goal but didn’t totally dominate as expected.
15 Frem Strong return to senior lineup. Solid in ruck and pressed forward to be a target. 6
16 Syd Used ruck/forward and rewarded with two goals. Ball use brilliant. 6
17 Carl Two goals and some handy work all over ground. Working well with Hale. 6
18 Rich Two marks and one kick not enough for the big man. Didn’t hit scoreboard. 3
19 WCE Rucked strongly. Gave Hawthorn first use of the ball. 7
20 Geel Not as good as Hale in the ruck but better around the ground. 5
21 Port Comprehensively beaten by Ryder in ruck but took a few grabs. 4
22 Bris The best of the Hawks’ rucks and pushed forward for a good mark and goal. 7
23 Carl Did some good work in ruck but wasn’t a big factor around ground. 5
QF WCE Tried hard to counter Naitanui. Gave all he could and not the worst. 4
SF Adel Modest stats but in context of the game it mattered little. Needs to lift. 3
PF Frem Solid and stood up late when the game was on the line. One critical goal. 6
GF WCE Honest reliable display in ruck and plucked a couple of telling marks. 6

2014 Season

1 Bris Shaded Leuenberger in his Hawk debut. A good start to the season. 6
2 Ess Looked a little out of touch at times but had eight hit-outs to advantage. 4
3   Calf.  
4   Calf.  
5 Geel Subbed out at three-quarter time after one goal. Beaten in the ruck. 3
6 Rich Toiled honestly and fired out plenty of handballs from inside packs. 6
7 StK Solid game without dominating. 5
8 Syd Worked into contest after slow start – eight hit-outs to advantage. 5
10 Port Subbed out of the game with a corked leg. 2
11   Hamstring.  
12   Hamstring.  
13 VFL Struggled early but had a hand in things late.
14 VFL Beaten in the ruck but drifted forward to kick five goals.
15 VFL Bye.
16 VFL Dominated the ruck against Bellchambers in return to form.
17 Adel Two goals, 24 hit-outs and three clearances. 7
18 Syd Rucked solidly opposed to Pyke and got involved in transition from defence. 6
19 WB Terrific first half and marking was excellent. 6
20 Melb Had 22 hitouts working in tandem with Hale. OK but not yet at his best. 5
21 Frem Beaten by Sandilands. Not much around the ground. 4
22 VFL Even battle with Warnock in ruck, but two goals in attack.
23 VFL Controlled the ruck and pushed forward for four handy goals.
SF VFL Came to the fore when team needed after a controversial week.
PF   Senior emergency.  
GF Syd Used experience to great effect and work around the ground excellent. 6

2013 Season

Played for : St Kilda

1 GCS Big bloke won ruck duels but had huge workload when Hickey went off. 5
2 Rich Took the honours over Maric in one of his best games for Saints. 8
3 GWS Dominated ruck early and set the tone. 7
4 Ess Continue good form in the ruck and ran himself to a standstill. 6
5 Syd Handled all ruckwork on his own early and was outnumbered. 5
6 Coll Solid in the ruck. Seemed to have trouble with handling early, but OK. 6
7 Carl Strong around the ground and took telling marks all night. Big presence. 8
8 Adel Beaten by Jacobs but entitled to a downer after good recent form. 3
9 WB He and Hickey were conclusively outpointed by Minson in ruck duels. 4
10 NM Started in attack. Not the usual aerial force. 4
11 WCE Just going at the moment but battled on. 5
13 Melb On top in ruck taps early until concussed from with Spencer and subbed off. 2
14 Rich Struggling and looks like he is carrying an injury. 3
15 Frem Marked strongly and regained some form. 6
16 Carl Solid toiling game but shaded overall by Kreuzer. 5
17 Port Marked strongly in the ruck and kicked three goals. 6
18 Geel Didn’t impact the game as coach would have wanted given Simpson went off. 3
19 Bris Beaten overall by Leuenberger. 4
20 Haw Solid night pitted mainly against Hale. 5
21 Syd Struggled and lacked zip. Looked injured and was subbed out. 2
22 GCS Most of his best work was in ruck duels, 5
23 Frem Battled on valiantly against Sandilands. 5

2012 Season

Played for : St Kilda

1 Port Saints timed his use with others doing early ruck work. 6
2 GCS Strong work in the ruck all day. 6
3 WB Lowered his colours to Minson in ruck. 4
4 Frem Tough task against monolithic Sandilands. 4
5 Melb Beaten by Jamar in ruck contests but did a few things around ground. 4
12 Adel Rusty after a long absence and will be better for the run. 2
14 NM Marked strongly although beaten in ruck contests by Goldstein. 6
15 Ess Great anticipation of where to place himself around the field. 6
16 Bris Took important marks and read play well around the ground. 6
17 Syd Strong game overall but Pyke didn’t let him dominate after Mumford went off. 6
18 WB Durable effort in the ruck. 5
19 Coll Jolly beat him and was better equipped on the big ground. 3
20 Melb Had the upper hand in ruck duels without big influence around ground. 6
21 Geel Marked strongly around ground but didn’t make enough of ruck work. 6
22 GWS Giles outdid him in ruck duels. Took a spectacular mark. 5
23 Carl Worked hard around ground but beaten in ruck contests. 5