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Pick your team: Midfielders

Jeremy Hill  January 24, 2016 2:00 PM

Which midfielders would you pick for Round 1?

Which midfielders would you pick 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 defendersfour 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 six midfielders.

Billy Hartung

Age: 21
Height: 177cm
Weight: 76kg
Games: 27

Playing 20 games in 2015, Hartung’s pace, endurance and skills add another dimension to the Hawthorn midfield. Was unlucky to miss out on selection for last year's decider and will be hungry to cement his place in 2016.

Bradley Hill

Age: 22
Height: 181cm
Weight: 78kg
Games: 75

Known for his damaging run and carry of the football and good disposal, Hill has been a major weapon for the Hawks on a wing, particularly over the past three seasons. 

Luke Hodge

Age: 31
Height: 185cm
Weight: 88kg
Games: 271

An inspirational captain, Hodge continues to elevate his status as one of the great modern-day leaders. Enjoyed stints in all areas of the ground in 2015 and led from the front with his skills and hardness, including a memorable boundary-line goal in grand final.

Will Langford

Age: 23
Height: 187cm
Weight: 83kg
Games: 33

After a strong start to 2015, injuries limited Langford's involvement at AFL level in the second half of the season. However his hardness, competitiveness and love of the contest endears him to all brown and gold supporters. 

Jordan Lewis

Age: 29
Height: 186cm
Weight: 86kg
Games: 240

Lewis backed up an outstanding 2014 season with an equally impressive 2015 campaign which saw him become a four-time premiership player. Leads from the front as vice-captain with his toughness and neat skills. 

Kieran Lovell

Age: 18
Height: 174cm
Weight: 84kg
Games: 0

Recruited by Hawthorn with pick 22 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft, Lovell impressed many with his efforts in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships for Tasmania. Possesses elite endurance and ball-winning ability in tight spaces.

Sam Mitchell

Age: 33
Height: 179cm
Weight: 83kg
Games: 285

Mitchell showed no signs of slowing down in 2015, earning his third All-Australian guernsey on the way to becoming a four-time premiership Hawk. Renowned for his agility and skills on both sides of the body, Mitchell continues to cause plenty of headaches for opposition teams.

Jonathan O’Rourke

Age: 21
Height: 184cm
Weight: 80kg
Games: 11

O’Rourke has continued to develop since crossing from GWS Giants at the start of 2014. The 21-year-old played two games in 2015 and will be out to grab a permanent spot in the Hawthorn midfield this year, although competition for spots is bound to be fierce. 

Liam Shiels

Age: 24
Height: 183cm
Weight: 84kg
Games: 124

Having evolved from a run-with player into an inside midfielder, Shiels continues to quietly go about his work but has made a big impact. Led the way for tackles at the club last year while winning plenty of the ball, especially in contested situations.

*Note, Liam Shiels is also able to be picked in the medium/small forwards category.

Isaac Smith

Age: 27
Height: 188cm
Weight: 81kg
Games: 111

One of the elite run-and-carry players in the AFL, Smith's ability to break the lines with leg speed or by foot causes plenty of headaches for opposition teams. A goal-kicking wingman, Smith was at his brilliant best in last year's grand final.

*Note, Isaac Smith is also able to be picked in the medium/small forwards category.

Kade Stewart

Age: 19
Height: 180cm
Weight: 67kg
Games: 0

Stewart joined the Hawks with pick 36 in last year's rookie draft. The left-footer is known for his foot skills and attack on the ball, and will be looking to add size to his frame in his first year at the club.

Alex Woodward

Age: 22
Height: 181cm
Weight: 78kg
Games: 2

Fate cruelly struck again in 2015 with Woodward forced to undergo a third knee reconstruction after an injury VFL level. Placed on the rookie list at the end of last season and is progressing strongly with his recovery.