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2022 Season Review - Hawthorn

Welcome to the 6th 2022 AFL Season Review for Hawthorn. The Hawks have a clear direction and surpassed my expectations but like Adelaide, hindsight makes them seem kind of low with the list they had.


Overview

Ladder Position: 13th

Wins: 8

Percentage: 89.8%

Grade: C (close to B)


The Highlights

James Sicily provided another very strong year in defence, coming second in the league in intercept possessions and was solid defensively. Jai Newcombe had a huge season in the guts playing like an absolute bull. The old boys continuously still prove to be very good players, with Ben McEvoy, Jack Gunston and especially Luke Breust all being big contributors. Dylan Moore had an amazing first half of the year and is becoming one of the best smaller forwards in the comp. I would keep him there as opposed to the guts. Josh Ward had a terrific second half of the year after a slow start to the season. Mitch Lewis looks a very promising key forward and will lead their forward line for the next 10 years. The Hawks have a seriously good forward line as it stands, let down by a lack of supply.


The Lowlights

A few of their older players all had down years. Mitchell does not appear to provide much impact at all anymore nowadays. Jaeger O'Meara was alright but had drop offs in most major stat categories. Worpel looks to be on the outer nowadays. Wingard was good as a forward when he played but did not get on the park enough (probably should not be classified as a lowlight). Tom Phillips is not becoming the player he was at Collingwood. There are not too many lowlights, just a below average young side which is a fine place to be with a clear direction.


The Offseason

I would say the Hawks should hit the draft for another young midfielder. Grundy would help their midfield immensely but there is nothing wrong with being patient and waiting your turn in footy and I do not believe the Hawks are a right club to chase him. Amon is a solid player that should provide some quality on the outside but if the reports are true. 3.5 million over 5 years is well overs. A ruck might also be a requirement from somewhere as well and Nick Bryan could be a left-field play that fits their timeline.

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