Written by Rhys Knight
What a win down in Tassie by the boys in brown and gold! The Hawks were ferocious at the contest, played with dash and class and hurt the Lions in transition. It is also fair to say the last quarter had Hawks fans trembling with conceding 8.2 but we got there. Here is your player review.
Competed in the air really strongly and was able to clunk the ball up the ground. He took three contested marks amongst seven clunks, kicked 1.1 and had seven contested possessions. Another good solid performance by the man in the number two.
Didn’t have to be best on ground and wasn’t but was still extremely effective which we at Talking Hawks have been crying out for. An elite 34 disposals (18 kicks) at 79% efficiency, eight clearances, six marks, six inside 50’s, five rebounds, five tackles, a set shot goal and four score involvements. Absolutely unbelievable!
Kicked the sealer and played with the ferociousness that we’ve cried out for here. Had 26, kicked that goal, had ten contested possessions, seven score involvements, seven inside 50’s, seven tackles, five clearances and that dog hungry attitude that we love.
Oscar McInerney was held to almost invisible by the skipper and Ned Reeves but the leader of the Hawks continues to cover the ground sensationally. 16 hit-outs, eight disposals at 87% was his day and did his job. Would love to see him hit the scoreboard as the second ruck.
One of his best games for Hawthorn and wasn’t really talked about by the commentary team. Frosty had 20 disposals and took seven marks but continually left his man to impact the contest. Had ten intercept possessions and 452 metres gained as well. Unreal from a fan favourite.
Silk had a moment or two but wasn’t spectacular. Wasn’t beaten on the day but wasn’t his usual brilliant self. A dozen disposals and four marks was his day but also had four clangers.
Brisbane had no answers and Hawthorn fans were left in awe as Jaeger had his performance of the year and the ‘don’t argue’ of the year! 35 disposals at 77% efficiency, 461 metres gained, 14 contested possessions, ten tackles, nine inside 50’s, six clearances, five marks , five score involvements and a goal. He is our best on ground and rightly so, bow down to Jaeger!
Was trialled as a big body midfielder and played as a big bodied midfielder! A career day for the big Irishman as he collected 23 disposals, had nine tackles, seven clearances, five score involvements and a dozen contested possessions. Cheers to you Conor with 365 metres gained also.
This man will forever be the reason you take punts on quality kids from other clubs dying for opportunities (Dylan Stephens anyone?). Scrimma took defensive mark after defensive mark to finish with 25 touches, four rebounds, three contested marks amongst eight grabs and 339 metres gained.
We at Talking Hawks identified Dimma as the man to watch after identifying he’d be a lockdown two way defender and although we picked Charlie Cameron as his opponent, he went to McCarthy and killed him. Had a ridiculous amount of spoils and gave nothing away. 284 metres gained from just eleven disposals is elite as well.
Hawthorn fans will lose it when he kicks his first goal for the Hawks but with two behinds, it wasn’t this day. However, he continuously took territory with 456 metres gained from 15 disposals is elite and 16 pressure acts is a big tick too. Love this young man.
His last few weeks have been less productive and wasn’t at his best, with a horror switch gifting Brisbane an easy goal but ended with 18 disposals, four tackles, four score involvements and three clearances. Wasn’t his best but was nowhere near terrible.
Was simply magic and could’ve had a bag if not for a couple of early misses. Showed maturity and class in a supreme 32 disposal, nine score involvements, seven marks, seven tackles, six inside 50’s, four clearances and 2.2. Add in his 503 metres gained (second to Titch) and he was ever so close to our best on ground.
Kicked a nice snag from his 15 disposals but wasn’t at his wonderful best. Still nearly averaged twenty metres per possession which is unbelievable and had four tackles but was a quiet one from Flip.
Was almost the best on ground until he went off with a hyperextended knee and fingers crossed that it is all good and we wish Punky all the best. Took Ryan Lester and Brandon Starcevich to the absolute cleaners for his 3.1, eight score involvements, three marks, three inside 50’s and 72% efficiency. Rest up Punky!
Took five marks amongst his 13 disposals and although the Hawks exploited the Lions’ lack of talls, there were some times where his role wasn’t defined but look no further than his set shot from 45 out. We know your name isn’t Dylan but we want more! Also had five score involvements and laid a couple of very nice tackles.
Pup went with Lachie Neale in the first quarter and kept him quiet and finished with 18 disposals at 88% efficiency and kicked a goal. Consistently found outside ball and had five score involvements, three tackles and three marks.
Kept Joe Daniher to basically invisible and was caught out by Dan McStay a couple of times but on the bulkier opponent in Joe, Hartigan dominated him. Took a couple of marks but his ball use left a little to be desired.
Came on for Punky as the sub and applied himself quite well. Considering he was on the ground for less than a half, he can get a thumbs up for his four touches and two tackles.
There’s something about a teen number of disposals and kicking goals that really appeals to Dyl and we here as Hawthorn fans are more than here for it! He kicked a couple and had 15 disposals at 86% disposal efficiency, had five score involvements, four marks and three inside 50’s. Seriously, how good is this young man?
A ruckman that tackles! Is this real life right now? He made Oscar McInerney look like a C Grade ruckman while Ned genuinely dominated! He had 31 hitouts, seven tackles, four score involvements, three clearances, three inside 50’s and was a Smokey for best on, he was unreal.
Our man will have an awesome chance to attack pre-season and be fitter and stronger because his ability to read the play is outstanding. Laid a fantastic half a dozen tackles and kept the resting ruckman (usually Tom Fullarton) quiet.
Brocky covered the ground as good if not better than he’d done since his return and had a dozen disposals (five contested), three marks, three tackles and went at 75% efficiency. Fingers crossed Brocky can hit the scoreboard in the coming three games.