Written by Rhys Knight & Jake Smith
In a lot of ways, there was a lot of encouragement to come out of the MCG but on the tails side of the coin, the disappointment in the scoreboard lingers on. The Hawks stood tough and gave the effort that was required for four quarters but how did each individual Hawk fare?
Harry Morrison – Oozed class with the majority of his touches, got the Hawks on the board with their first major and a classy snap. Had 15 touches and a dozen pressure acts in a solid return to form.
Mitch Lewis – Looked out of his depth on Jacob Weitering but worked his way better into the game as time went on. Kicked a goal but wasn’t a massive influence.
Tom Mitchell – It was a case of back to the old Titch with his pig snout out, getting 44 touches but the sideways target was back, to the chagrin of the fans. What was elite though was he tackled unted and came second for metres gained, which plays to his strength of taking territory.
Jarman Impey – Equal second in disposals with 24 but Jars was a real under the radar player on Saturday. Got the ball but was defensively fantastic as well, with six tackles and an unreal 25 pressure acts, in what is a consistently strong season.
James Worpel – Started slowly but came into his own with a dominant 13 disposal (six contested) and five clearance display. Finished with 24 and was the Worpedo of old.
Ben McEvoy – The skipper got some help and it was fantastic to see as he looked fresher, covered the ground better and threw himself into all of his contests. Had the 14 hitouts and his work behind the ball was a tick.
Sam Frost – Coming into the game, Frost had lost the least number of contests in a one-on-one sense in the league and didn’t have his colours lowered at all. Top five in metres gained was terrific to see but as per usual, no one knows where his disposal is going but shows all the heart you could ask for.
Jaeger O’Meara – Fingers crossed he’s okay after the Lachie Plowman hit that left him dazed but before the incident, Jaeger was okay without being spectacular. Had 22 disposals and 424 metres gained and was consistently around the contest.
Ollie Hanrahan – Best defensive performance by Ollie all year which was very encouraging. His pressure on Zac Williams led to the Hawks first goal but did fade in and out of the contest.
Jack Scrimshaw – Found plenty of the ball but had a large amount of laconic movement which was very out of character. Struggled to find the balance between taking that extra second to compose himself and then taking too long. Has had an excellent season.
Blake Hardwick – Topped the Hawks for metres gained and like 2018, will feature higher than most expect him to in the Peter Crimmins’ Medal. Continually composed and had six intercepts.
Chad Wingard – Another good performance by the Chad, who is a victim of being the cream on top of the cake but the Hawks’ cake is raw at the moment. Had 21 disposals and 426 metres gained but his ball use let him down at times.
Tom Phillips – Was quiet but kicked the ball plenty, with 14 amongst his 17 disposals. Used it well enough at 70% but didn’t stand out in any statistic and the eye test didn’t have him as a dominating force.
Luke Breust – Looked dangerous every time he went near the footy and amongst his baker’s dozen 13 touches (84% efficiency), he had six score involvements and was damaging around goals. Kicked three (all within 15 metres), laid three tackles in the forward half and had a couple of clearances.
Kyle Hartigan – Oh Kyle, one of the best four disposal games in recent Hawk history was marred by whacking Sam Walsh and with the bye, will miss a month of footy. Kept Harry McKay to pretty much irrelevant and got a horrible bounce that led to a goal but his attack on the ball was extremely positive.
Changkuoth Jiath – After a blistering start to the year, CJ’s handbrake has been pulled. Has had moments in each game but not the four quarter displays of the first month. Only the six kicks so hopefully more runs and penetrating kicks are to come, if he doesn’t need a rest. A couple of clearances was very pleasing to see also.
Damon Greaves – For the first ten minutes, Greaves was led to the ball and made silly around Eddie Betts but for the rest of the game, rivalled Ben Stratton’s esteemed history on the champion small forward. Looked composed and covered the ground well, with three inside 50’s and three rebounds.
Jacob Koschitzke – Continually proving himself to be the most dangerous tall in the Hawks’ arsenal and got on his bike a lot, but his teammates couldn’t hit him on a few occasions but he shouldn’t be discouraged by it. Kicked 1.2 and should’ve been four but is a shining light. Word to the wise Kosi, go back from the square but keep up the energy and the hands, ranking equal second for marks for the Hawks.
Dylan Moore – From leading goal-kicker to high half forward, Moore is adding more versatility to his game and the fans’ backlash is unfair. 19 disposals at 84% efficiency, took five marks, laid five tackles, had four inside 50’s and score involvements. Capped off his good work with a goal too.
Ned Reeves – From the tallest Hawk to the most encouraging Hawk as Reeves competed hard not only in ruck contests, but defensively, laying four tackles in a very promising performance. Got himself 21 hit-outs as well and three clearances. Big Boy finally got some help, celebration!