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The Ultimate Trophy Cabinet: 7

Trophy Cabinet #7 Sam Mitchell Alastair Clarkson on Sam Mitchell.

Here at Hawthorn, we understand that AFL is a team game. Each player, coach and official is but a cog in the wheel of a well-oiled machine, chugging towards success.

But over the next 11 days, we’re forgetting about the team achievements and throwing the spotlight on individuals. 

Here’s the question; which Hawk has the most impressive trophy case of all time? 

Each accolade has been given a weighting (see bottom of page), and the numbers have been crunched to see who comes out on top. 

Follow along each day on hawthornfc.com.au, as we slowly reveal Hawthorn’s Ultimate Trophy Cabinet.

Catch up: The Ultimate Trophy Cabinet - No.8

7th

A key driver in Hawthorn’s incredible recent success, Sam Mitchell unsurprisingly boasts an almighty trophy cabinet.

Taken by the Hawks in the 2001 ‘super draft’, Mitchell began his collection of silverware early in his career after he was awarded the 2003 Rising Star award, becoming and remaining just the second Hawk to earn eight points in this area.

Recording the second-highest amount of points for Hawthorn best and fairest awards in this competition, Mitchell claimed the first of five Peter Crimmins Medals in 2006, with the midfielder sitting second behind only Leigh Matthews for the number of Hawks’ best and fairest awards won.

Beginning his three-year captaincy in 2008, Mitchell went on to win four premierships, four Peter Crimmins Medals, a Brownlow Medal and three All Australian honours over the next nine seasons for a total of 101 points over the period.

After reaching the 300-game milestone in his final year with the Hawks, there was little that Mitchell hadn’t achieve in his time in the brown and gold.

Points:

307 games (10 points)
Rising Star (8 points)
5x Peter Crimmins Medals, 1x 2nd, 3x 3rd (55 points)
4x premierships (20 points)
Brownlow Medal (12 points)
3x All Australian honours (27 points)
3 years as captain (6 points)

Trophy Cabinet key:

POINTS

 

ACHIEVEMENT

50

 

Legend AFL Hall of Fame

25

 

Legend Hawthorn Hall of Fame*

20

 

AFL Hall of Fame

18

 

AFL Team of the Century

15

 

Hawthorn Hall of Fame

15

 

401-450 Games played

12

Per

Brownlow

12

 

351-400 Games played

11

 

Hawthorn Team of the Century

10

Per

AFLPA Player of the Year

10

 

301-350 Games played

10

Per

Norm Smith Medal

10

Per

AFL Coaches Player of the Year

9

Per

Peter Crimmins Medal Winner

9

Per

All Australian team^

9

Per

Coleman Medal

8

 

Rising Star Winner

8

 

251-300 Games played

6

 

201-250 Games played

5

Per

Premiership**

4

 

Runner-up B&F

2

 

151-200 Games played

2

Per year as

Captain

2

 

3rd place B&F

2

 

100-150 games played

1

 

50-100 Games played

*Only award points if player hasn’t received AFL HoF

^Only award points if player is in final 22  

** Despite being a team achievement, we felt it was important to still include premierships, but with considerable less weighting than other individual achievements.

 

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs