2022 Pocket Profile: Hawthorn Hawks
In what has proven to be an interesting experiment with we let both of our resident Hawthorn tragics, Foz and Dyl, collaborate on the Hawks analysis…
It will be interesting see what we get from the Hawks in 2022, the beginning of their new era under Sam Mitchell.
James Sicily ($448,100 DEF)
I’m pretty bias here. Sicily would have to be one of my favourite players: he’s a gun and a pest at the same time.
The main appeal with Sicily is his high ceiling. Yes, he can have the odd stinker, but he can also go absolutely massive on his day.
In 2020, he averaged 102.9 (sixth best amongst defenders) and had a three-round average of 148+ between rounds 6-8, emphasising how he can really turn it on, on his day. The stinkers I am referring to – scores of 44 and 50. In 2018, he was more consistent and averaged 105.1, which included eight tons in 14 games.
He’s one of the competitions best kicks and is strong aerially. Fitness wise, he should be good to go – there was a chance he could play at the end of last year but given the state of our season, the coaching and fitness staff decided to put him on ice for the year.
I do think there’s a chance we see him forward if the coaching staff start experimenting, but for now, word is he will start in that intercepting defence role, which means SuperCoach points galore. – Dyl
Will Day ($354,700 DEF)
Day has already proven to everyone he is an absolute stud on the footy field, he just needs to get on it. Injuries have derailed progress in the past, but from all reports he’s back and is training well. He’ll probably sit on a wing, which is concerning, but he’s absolute class with the ball in hand and he’ll be a perfect option coming out of the backline and going forward.
Conor Nash ($310,300 MID/FWD) is a really rogue option because he’s not attractive enough at his price, but Mitchell loves him in the guts. He spent a large chunk of his Box Hill season in 2021 playing through the midfield, and when Clarko stepped down we saw Nash run through the guts a bit with some success. – Foz
Conor Nash ($310,300 MID/FWD)
Ok, ok, ok. Hear me out.
The Irishman hadn’t really found his feet at AFL level until a positional shift to the midfield, which was conjured up by then Box Hill coach Sam Mitchell, flicked a switch.In his final four matches of the season, Nash had scores of 82, 87, 44 and 99 for an average of 78. His large frame made him an enforcer in the midfield, often laying a big tackle to assert dominance early on.
Could Sam Mitchell be the key to unlocking this 23-year-old’s game? The glimpse we saw at the end of 2021 gives me hope. I’m not saying to pick him in Classic, because that is extreme, but he could be worth a look in SuperCoach Draft formats, given he can be selected as a midfielder or a forward. – Dyl
Josh Ward ($180,300 MID)
What do I have to say about this man? He is the exact type of player that Hawthorn has been crying out for all of the last 18-24 months. A smooth operator with the ball and a hard runner without it, he reminded me loads of Sam Walsh at the Knights, so if he can come close to replicating that I’d be so happy. Ward will be best 22 at the Hawks, will play midfield and my guess is he averages 80 points on about 16-22 disposals a game.
Connor MacDonald ($117,300 MID) is another who could play a fair bit next season, but he’s likely to play on a half forward flank rather than in the guts permanently. I guess it depends on how head-first Sammy Mitchell is going to go. – Foz
Jarman Impey ($494,500 DEF)
Impey was a popular selection last year, beginning the season at a bargain price of $212,800. Coming off the back of a serious ACL injury he suffered in 2020, Impey thrived off half back, his dash and dare providing a refreshing look to the Hawthorn side.
If you started Impey last year, you were duly rewarded with an average of 90.8 points, he even looked like a season long keeper before he went down with an ankle injury post Round 14. He scored 105+ in 42% of games he played too.
The reason I’ve put him in the avoid category is he isn’t as cheap as he was last year, plus he’s had a SuperCoach position change. He’s now a defender only and is priced at $494, 500. There’s far better value selections and therefore very little interest in the Classic format for me. There’s also a far greater depth in defences compared to forward lines it seems.
The make-up of the Hawks backline is still up in the air too, there is a decent chance we could see Impey used as a true utility, playing on the wing or forward throughout the season. – Dyl