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Pick your team: Ruckmen

Jeremy Hill  January 22, 2016 12:00 PM

Which ruckmen do you want to see in the brown and gold for Round 1?

Which ruckmen do you want to see in the brown and gold for Round 1?

THERE’S bound to be plenty of competition for senior spots at Hawthorn over the next two months as the team ramps up preparations for the 2016 season. 

But who do YOU think should line up against Geelong Cats in our season opener on Easter Monday at the MCG?

We want to know what you think – and based on the structure of last year’s premiership team, you can vote for your best 22.

Pick the three key defenders, four medium/small defenders, two ruckmen, six midfielders, four medium/small forwards and three key forwards you want to see run out in the brown and gold in Round 1.

Head to the bottom of the page to cast your votes for your two ruckmen.

Ben McEvoy

Age: 26
Height: 200cm
Weight: 102kg
Games: 123

An elite endurance athlete for his size, McEvoy partnered David Hale in the ruck department for most of the 2015 season, playing an important role on grand final day against Eagle Nic Naitanui.

Jonathon Ceglar

Age: 24
Height: 204cm
Weight: 98kg
Games: 31

Ceglar has continued to develop into a very good ruckman in his time at Hawthorn, and will be determined regain a place in the side with the retirement of David Hale, while adding to his 14 games played in 2015. 

Jack Fitzpatrick

Age: 24
Height: 200cm
Weight: 94kg
Games: 22

Fitzpatrick joins the Hawks after six years at the Demons. Used mainly as a ruckman and key position player, Fitzpatrick is versatile enough to play at either end of the ground and add depth to Hawthorn’s ruck stocks. 

Marc Pittonet

Age: 19
Height: 202cm
Weight: 101kg
Games: 0

Taken in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft, Pittonet spent the 2015 season honing his craft with VFL side Box Hill. Already tipping the scales at 101kg, the 19-year-old will look to continue his strong progress in 2016. 

Luke Surman

Age: 18
Height: 197cm
Weight: 97kg
Games: 0

Surman was Hawthorn’s first selection in the 2015 rookie draft. One of seven youngsters on the Hawks' rookie list, the 18-year-old will be looking to hone his skills as a ruck/key position player in 2016.