Below is the chronological list of indigenous players to have represented Hawthorn over the club's history, as well as a short list of players who have represented the club at Reserves/Box Hill level.
1 – Cyril Collard
Born September 20, 1934 – Died December 20, 2011
Debut Order 478
First game Round 1, 1957
Final game Round 8, 1958
Cyril Collard wrote himself into the Hawthorn Football Club’s history books when he made his debut in Round 1, 1957 as the first indigenous player to represent the Hawks.
Originally from Western Australia, Collard began his football career as a very quick and creative wingman for the Subiaco Football Club. He soon established himself amongst the better players, coming third in the Best & Fairest award in 1954 and second in 1955. He headed to Victoria in 1956 and trained originally at Collingwood for five weeks. However, when Hawthorn official, Arthur Ramsay arranged a job for him at Pelaco Men’s Wear, he decided to throw his lot in with the Hawks.
Subiaco refused to give Collard a clearance, forcing him to stand out of football for a year. After his appeal to the Australian National Football League was successful, he was able to resume his career in 1957. Despite not being able to play in 1956, he attended every Hawthorn match and training session, winning lots of fans with his obvious enthusiasm.
Fitness was considered a personal responsibility for players of that era. To help develop their stamina and application to running, teammate, Phil Hay formed, for three seasons, a Pro Running Relay Team, which included Cyril Collard, Geoff Wilson and Billy Cocks. Wearing their Hawthorn guernseys, they competed at the Professional Athletic Meetings that were very popular in the 1950s. Some of the venues they ran at were South Melbourne, Tullamarine, Northcote. They won the 1956 Gift at Lilydale.
After his year out of football, Collard’s Round 1 1957 debut was eagerly anticipated. One report of the game at Carlton described Collard as “fearless and determined” and prophesied that he “should do well”. Collard played ten of the first eleven games of the 1957 season, only missing Round 2 through injury. He managed two further Senior appearances in Rounds 5 and 8, 1958.
The main features of Collard’s game were electrifying pace and an excellent stab pass. He developed the former skill by training at Central Park, Malvern, where he met John Landy and Herb Elliott. Collard decided to give up football and focus on professional running, where he was good enough to make three Stawell Gift finals.
Returning to football, Collard played nine games for Camberwell in the VFA in 1962. He lived in Noble Park for many years and worked in the Metropolitan Fire Brigade between February 1958 and June 1988 reaching the rank of Senior Fire Fighter.
2 – Percy Cummings
Born September 5, 1946
Debut Order 541
First game Round 13, 1964 v Carlton
Final game Round 15, 1965 v Fitzroy
Reserve 18 Most Improved Player 1964
Percy Cummings’ grandfather, Joe Johnson was recognised as the first Indigenous Australian to play in the VFL/AFL when he made his debut in Round 1, 1904 with the Fitzroy Football Club. Percy made his Hawthorn debut in Round 13 as 19th man and went on to play five games. In 1964, Percy’s son Trent played 27 games with Fitzroy (1994-96) and then 2 games with the West Coast Eagles (1997) before retiring with a knee injury. An older brother, Robert played 1 game with Fitzroy in 1990. In later years, Cummings returned to Hawthorn as a member of the recruiting team and regularly attends reunions with the Past Players and Officials Association.
3 – Chance Bateman
(First indigenous player to play 100 games, play in a premiership, to receive HFC Life Membership)
Born June 21, 1981
Debut Order 795
First Game Round 3, 2000 v Brisbane Lions
Final Game Round 21, 2012 v Gold Coast
Premiership Box Hill 2001
Best Clubman 2008
Life Member 2010
Bateman learnt his football during his formative years in York and then with Perth in Westar Rules. He was an Under 18 All-Australian and in the squad for the Westar state side in 1999.
Drafted by Hawthorn at pick 48 in the 1999 draft, the Hawks considered themselves lucky as he was thought to have been an early pick. His light frame made him a longer-term prospect as he would require further physical development. His early career was interrupted by a variety of injuries. Each time he bounced back and became a key member of the team.
Bateman said the true sense of worth for Aboriginal players was founded on their family's values and strength and that fact provided him with his toughest times when he lost his sister Candace in a tragic train accident in 2001. He was desperate to return home to be with his parents and was shattered when he could not work a trade with West Coast or Fremantle.
"I'd stay at Hawthorn for as long as they'd have me, they've been fantastic for me. You don't really think too much about the milestones as they're coming up, but as you pass them you sort of look back with a bit of pride. I'm our first indigenous life member and to have had a small part in the club's history is pretty special."
In 2006 he managed to play 21 games and came 12th in the Best & Fairest award. Bateman was known for his trademark dreadlocks. He developed into one of Hawthorn's most valuable players, his speed and hardness at the ball while playing on the wing allowed the team to play a free-flowing brand of the game. Bateman averaged 20 possessions in his 21 games in 2006 and was hitting top form just before the 2007 season. His elite speed was recognised, and he was named in the 2006 International Rules side to tour Ireland.
Bateman said a major career highlight was when he captained the Hawks in an indigenous round victory over West Coast at Launceston in 2007 when the Eagles were led by David Wirrpunda.
Bateman kicked Hawthorn's first goal in the 2008 Grand Final. He had his dreadlocks cut off for charity after the Grand Final victory. The money was donated to the Rioli Fund, set up to improve Aboriginal health throughout Australia.
Along with captain Sam Mitchell, Bateman was the only player to play in all games in 2009. Bateman was put on Hawthorn's veterans list in 2011 and played his last game in Round 21, 2012 when he announced his retirement.
4 – Mark Williams (first Indigenous player to top the club’s goal kicking award, 2005)
Born April 13, 1983
Recruited South Fremantle
Debut Order 808
First game Round 1, 2002 v Melbourne
Final game Round 13, 2009 v West Coast Eagles
Leading Goalkicker 2005, 2006
Drafted by the Hawks at pick 43 in the 2000 AFL Draft, Mark Williams made his debut in 2002 as a small forward. He came of age in 2005 when he moved to full forward where his 63 goals made him the leading goalkicker of the Club. Somewhat of a cult figure, he was renowned for his pace and skill and a trademark celebration of the "shotgun" after kicking a goal.
Williams finished 2006 with a total of 60 goals and again was the leading goalkicker at the Hawks. A knee injury cut short his 2007 season after only four games.
In the 2008 Grand Final, Williams and Stuart Dew kicked four goals in three minutes to put Hawthorn in a winning position late in the third quarter. Williams' three goals were the most by any player during the Grand Final.
In 2009, Williams injured his knee and missed almost half of that season's games. The 2009 post-season trade week saw Williams traded to Essendon. In the twilight of his career, Williams was unable to gain senior selection and played with Essendon's VFL affiliate the Bendigo Bombers until his retirement, which was announced in July 2011.
Williams later played with Ballan in the Central Highlands Football League for 2012 and 2013. He was the inaugural coach of Western Region Football League club, Newport Power at the end of 2015. In his first season in charge, he steered the club to premiership success.
5 – Lance Franklin (first Indigenous player to win the Peter Crimmins and Coleman Medals)
Born January 30, 1987
Recruited Perth (WA)
Guernsey 38 (2005), 23 (2006-2013)
Debut Order 826
First game Round 1, 2005 v Sydney
Final game Grand Final 2013 v Fremantle
Premierships 2008, 2013
Peter Crimmins Medal 2008
3rd Peter Crimmins Medal 2009
Coleman Medal 2008, 2011
Life Member 2012
Franklin was born in Perth, Western Australia, into a family of Indigenous Australian Noongar-Wajuk heritage, and grew up in Dowerin, supporting the Melbourne Football Club. At the age of 15, he won a sports scholarship and boarded at Wesley College, WA. He played one senior game for the Perth Football Club in 2004 and represented Western Australia at the 2004 AFL Under 18 Championships.
After attending draft camp and showing promise, Hawthorn selected Franklin with their second pick, number five overall, in the 2004 AFL Draft. Franklin made his debut in Round 1 of the 2005 season against Sydney and showed a strong presence up forward throughout the year, kicking 27 goals in 20 games.
In 2007, Franklin finished the home-and-away season with 63 goals, finishing third in the Coleman Medal. Franklin's tally included a career-high nine goals against Essendon in Round 6. He was instrumental in Hawthorn's elimination final win over the Adelaide Crows, kicking seven goals in his finals debut, including the match-winning goal from outside fifty metres, with seven seconds remaining in the game. Hawthorn was eliminated from the finals the following week by North Melbourne.
In 2008, Franklin established himself as one of the elite players in the competition in what proved to be his career-best season, winning his first Coleman Medal with 102 goals. He kicked his 100th goal against Carlton in Round 22 at Etihad Stadium, becoming the first player to kick 100 goals in a season since Tony Lockett in 1998 and the first Hawthorn player since Jason Dunstall in 1996. Franklin was the first player of Aboriginal descent to achieve this feat. He then added to his tally by kicking another eight goals in the qualifying final against the Western Bulldogs, equaling Dermott Brereton’s record for the most goals kicked by a Hawthorn player in a finals match. Franklin kicked just one goal against St Kilda in the preliminary final, before Hawthorn went on to win the premiership. He was named as full forward in the 2008 All-Australian team. Franklin won the Peter Crimmins Medal, and also played for the Dream Team in the AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, kicking four goals.
In 2010’s Round 13, Franklin effectively dragged Hawthorn over the line for a win against their arch-rival in Essendon. He kicked five goals for the match, but his last two were inspirational, the final one, a goal from the boundary line on a tight angle after having run from half-back, which was later chosen as Goal of the Year. He was named as centre half-forward in the 2010 All-Australian team, his second selection.
Franklin had a consistent start to the 2011 season. In Round 8 against the Sydney Swans at the SCG, Franklin kicked his 400th goal for Hawthorn in a six-goal outing as the Hawks beat the Swans by 46 points. He continued his consistent goalkicking form for the remainder of the year, including a season-high eight goals in a club-record 165-point win against a young Port Adelaide side at the MCG in Round 21. Franklin went on to win his second Coleman Medal that year with 71 goals, despite spending a significant amount of time further up the ground. He was named in the 2011 All-Australian team, his third selection and second as full forward.
Come Round 10 of the 2012 season, Franklin kicked a career-high thirteen goals in a 115-point drubbing of North Melbourne at Aurora Stadium. He played a minor role in the finals series that year, but kicked a goal in the last quarter of the preliminary final against the Adelaide Crows which sealed the game, allowing them to qualify for the Grand Final against the Sydney Swans, where Franklin kicked three goals in a losing side.
Franklin played in the 2013 AFL Grand Final in which Hawthorn defeated Fremantle; this was the second time that he had played in a Hawthorn premiership-winning side. Despite this, his season was dominated by media speculation over his contract situation.
Franklin played in two premierships, he gained four All-Australian selections, two Coleman Medals and a Peter Crimmins Medal in his time at Hawthorn. He was Hawthorn's leading goalkicker for six consecutive seasons prior to his final season at the Club in 2013, and also kicked the AFL Goal of the Year on two occasions, 2010 and 2013. He received a nomination for the 2005 AFL Rising Star award in Round 4 of that season. After winning his second premiership at Hawthorn in 2013, Franklin moved to Sydney via free agency on a nine-year, $10 million deal, before representing Australia in the 2013 International Rules Series.
6 – Harry Miller
Born June 11, 1985
Recruited Port Adelaide
Debut Order 478
First game Round 1, 2005 v Sydney
Final game Round 15, 2006 v Adelaide
Harry Miller was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and was selected at pick 25 in the 2003 AFL National Draft. Miller was a small forward who played 14 games in the 2005 season, and another four in 2006. He kicked four goals in the narrow loss to Richmond near the end of the 2005 season. Earlier that year, he had his most productive match statistically, with 19 disposals in Hawthorn's comprehensive win over Brisbane. Miller was delisted at the end of the 2006 season and returned to the South Australia to play with the Port Adelaide Magpies. He is the cousin of the Burgoyne brothers, Peter and Shaun, and Daniel Wells.
7 – Cyril Rioli
Born July 14, 1989
Recruited St Mary’s (NT) / Scotch College
Debut Order 849
First game Round 1, 2008 v Geelong
Final game Round 4, 2018 v Melbourne
Premierships 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
Norm Smith Medal 2015
2nd Peter Crimmins Medal 2009
Best First Year Player 2008
Life Member 2015
Born to Cyril Jr. and Kathy in 1989, Rioli comes from a bloodline of talented footballers. His father Cyril Jr. was a champion footballer in the Northern Territory and the brother of the late Richmond Norm Smith Medalist, Maurice Rioli. Cyril Jr. played for Northern Territory Football Club, St Mary’s where he won 12 premiership medallions and the 1995-96 Nichols Medal as the league's best and fairest player. His mother Kathy is the sister of Essendon two-time premiership player and 1993 Norm Smith Medalist, Michael Long. Another former footballer, Dean Rioli is his cousin. After the 2015 season, his nephew Daniel was drafted to the Richmond Football Club.
He spent the first eight years of his life in the Tiwi Islands before moving with his family to Darwin in the Northern Territory, playing his younger years at St Mary's.
Rioli moved to Melbourne in 2004 as a 14-year-old, where he attended and boarded at Scotch College for four years while playing for the school's football team. He was a standout performer in the 2007 AFL national under 18 championships, becoming the only Northern Territorian to earn All-Australian honours following a seven-goal performance in a match against Queensland.
The Hawks used their first-round draft pick to claim Rioli. Just four days after being drafted, Rioli attend the club's trek of the Kokoda Track. He made his AFL debut at the MCG in Round 1, 2008. Rioli built a reputation with his ability to chase and pressure the opposition as they attempted to rebound from the forward line. In Round 6, he was nominated for the AFL Rising Star Award, after his display against Richmond, he received a nomination for Goal of the Year.
Rioli appeared in every game in his debut season, including an inspirational performance in Hawthorn's defeat of Geelong in the 2008 AFL Grand Final. His game was described as instrumental in the Club's first premiership since 1991. After the game, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said, "We knew Cyril was a beauty, but you just never anticipate that they're going to play every game of the season and be able to play in a grand final”. With nothing but praise for Rioli, Clarkson also made mention of his achievements in 2008, "He's got a premiership medal now, but he's been in contention for mark of the year, goal of the year and the rising star and he's been very, very consistent. He's a 15-possession, five-tackle a game player with a goal or two – he's been a sensational acquisition to our club.
In February 2009, Rioli was selected for the Indigenous All-Stars team that played a pre-season match against Adelaide. At the end of 2009, he was awarded the AFL Coaches’ Association award for Best Young Player, covering his first two years in football. He also received the Phil Manassa Medal (Goal of the Year award) for his Round 7 effort against Essendon and came second in the Peter Crimmins Medal behind the club's captain, Sam Mitchell. When Rioli kicked the goal of the year, commentator Bruce McAvaney described him as a "delicious young footballer" and the description "delicious" has become strongly associated with both Rioli and McAvaney.
In 2014, Rioli had hamstring issues and missed most of the season, he was a surprise selection for the Grand Final, his ability to act as a decoy helped his teammates kick a winning score. In 2015, Rioli was part of the Hawthorn three-peat success. The Grand Final crowd chanted ‘Cyril, Cyril, Cyril’ after the final siren in recognition his outstanding game and was rewarded with the Norm Smith Medal.
2018 would be his last season, he had an interrupted pre-season as Cyril asked for and was given leave to visit family in the Northern Territory as his father had been very ill. On July 4 2018, Rioli announced his retirement from football effective immediately and that he would be moving back to Darwin to be with his family.
8 – Cameron Stokes
Born July 2, 1989
Recruited Darwin (NT)
Debut Order 850
First game Round 1, 2008 v Melbourne
Final game Round 8, 2010 v Richmond
Stokes was recruited to the Hawks via the 2007 AFL rookie draft, selected at pick 54. He made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2008 AFL season, alongside fellow Northern Territorian, Cyril Rioli. Stokes played all his junior football with the Darwin Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League. He is a former captain of the Northern Territory under-age state team.
Stokes relatives are his father's maternal cousin, Andrew McLeod and his father's paternal cousins Greg, Gilbert and Adrian McAdam. His father Steven and great-uncle Don Stokes are both former Nichols Medal winners, the best and fairest award in the NTFL.
After playing nine games in 2008, including the qualifying final, he missed out on the preliminary and Hawthorn's 2008 Grand Final victory due to a hamstring injury. Stokes played 10 games in 2009 but again had hamstring and shoulder problems and then ruptured his ACL at the end of the year with Box Hill. He was in rehab for most of the 2010 season, and subsequently delisted at the end of 2010.
9 – Shaun Burgoyne
Born January 29, 1978
Recruited Port Adelaide
Guernsey 9, 67 (Round 10, 2017)
Debut Order 866
First game Round 8, 2010 v Richmond
Final game Round 23, 2021 v Richmond
Premierships 2013, 2014, 2015
3rd Peter Crimmins Medal 2016
Best Player in Final 2016
Most Consistent Player 2014
Life Member 2017
One of only five players to reach the 400-game milestone, Burgoyne retired a four-time premiership player. He was a member of Port Adelaide’s maiden premiership team in 2004 and also collected three premierships with the Hawks in the famous 3-peat of 2013-2015. He was a key contributor to the successes of both clubs, playing 157 games with the Power and 250 games with the Hawks for a total of 407 AFL games, the record for an Indigenous player. Burgoyne ranks third behind Brent Harvey 432 games and Michael Tuck 426 games.
Burgoyne is the younger brother of former Port Adelaide player Peter Burgoyne and the son of
former Port Adelaide (SANFL) player, Peter Burgoyne Snr. When Hawthorn announced Burgoyne’s retirement, the Club’s Head of Football, Rob McCarthy thanked the 38-year-old for his services to the game:
“I know I speak on behalf of everyone who has crossed paths with Shaun over his football journey in saying that it is an honour to work alongside a man of his character and skill. He is the epitome of what we value at Hawthorn, with his immense commitment to family values whilst also possessing a relentlessness to constantly strive to get the best out of himself as well as those around him. He is an incredible father and husband, and on behalf of the Hawthorn Football Club, I wish to wish Shaun, Amy and their four children, Ky, Leni, Percy and Nixie, all the best in the next chapter of their lives.”
Burgoyne made his AFL debut in Round 3, 2002 with Port Adelaide. He had been a steady contributor across the forward line for the Power, before becoming a rebounding defender to great effect. Burgoyne gained Port immortality as a member of their maiden Premiership team in 2004 when they defeated the Brisbane Lions by 40 points.
In 2009, Burgoyne requested a trade to Hawthorn. He was allocated former club champion Shane Crawford's No. 9 guernsey. After surgery on his knee during the off-season, which delayed his preparation for the 2010 season, Burgoyne suffered a broken jaw while playing for Box Hill. He made his debut against Richmond in Round 8, 2010. Burgoyne played the last sixteen games of the season.
In 2013, Burgoyne gained added fame. In the Preliminary Final against Geelong, he kicked the goal that put the Hawks back in front late in the fourth quarter. The photo of him with arms outstretched, celebrating the goal has become one of the definitive, iconic images of AFL football. The game ended the 11-game losing streak against Geelong, in effect since the 2008 Grand Final win. With Hawthorn's victories in the 2014 and 2015 Grand Finals, Burgoyne became a quadruple Premiership player.
On 24 May Round 10, 2017 it was announced that Burgoyne would wear number 67 on his guernsey, rather than his usual 9, for the Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Sydney. This was to commemorate the 1967 referendum, which recognised Indigenous Australians in the census.
Off the field, Burgoyne has become an important representative for the indigenous Australian sporting community. Tracing his ancestry to the Kokatha clan, he was an inaugural member of the Indigenous Players Advisory Board when it was established in 2011 and was appointed Chair of the Board in 2016. He is also a regular guest on The Marngrook Footy Show.
10 – Rhan Hooper
Born January 8, 1988
Recruited Mt Gravatt (Qld) / Brisbane Lions
Debut Order 862
First game Round 1, 2010 v Melbourne
Final game Round 22, 2010 v Collingwood
In the 2009 National Draft, Hawthorn used pick 58 to snare former Lion, Hooper. He would play six games for the Hawks and kick seven goals, showing impressive signs of brilliance, in particular in Round 22 against Collingwood where he single-handedly kept the Magpies game-breaker Dale Thomas to five disposals and he also kicked a very valuable goal in the final quarter to win by three points. Despite the resurgence of his career, on 6 October 2010, Hawthorn announced Hooper had quit the club and returned home to Queensland to start a family. Hooper is now a senior player at the Springwood Pumas A.F.C, south of Brisbane.
11 – Carl Peterson
Born July 3, 1987
Recruited St Mary’s (NT)
Debut Order 863
First game Round 1, 2010 v Melbourne
Final game Round 22, 2010 v Collingwood
Peterson was born in Meekatharra, Western Australia and moved to Kununurra when he was two. He moved to Perth to study Year 12, where he played football with the Clontarf Football Academy. He was then recruited by Claremont in the Western Australian Football League. Peterson played five games for Claremont in 2006, including two finals.
Peterson was originally drafted by Richmond in the 2006 AFL Draft. He was a fourth-round pick, but he was delisted by the Tigers at the end of the 2007 without playing a game. Following this, he joined St Mary’s in the Northern Territory Football League and was in the Saints' 2007/08 premiership side. He was then redrafted into the AFL by Hawthorn with the 61st pick of the 2009 Rookie Draft.
He made his AFL debut in the opening round, 2010 and performed well, kicking a goal, and gathering 15 disposals before copping a heavy knock early in the second half. He played 17 games fo Hawthorn, all in the 2010 season. In 2012 he signed to play for the VFL team, the Northern Blues.
12 – Bradley Hill
Born July 9, 1993
Recruited West Perth
Guernsey 32 (2012), 10 (2013-2016)
Debut Order 879
First game Round 4, 2012 v West Coast Eagles
Final game Semi Final 2016 v Western Bulldogs
Premierships 2013, 2014, 2015
Hill was drafted to Hawthorn with the 33rd selection in 2011 AFL draft from West Perth in the WAFL. He is the younger brother of Fremantle’s Stephen Hill, and the second cousin of former West Coast forward, Josh Hill. He made his debut for Hawthorn against West Coast in Round 4, 2012. Hill was the substitute player and replaced David Hale in the final quarter. Hill kicked 3 goals in his 5 matches for the year.
In 2013, Hill switched to the number 10 guernsey and cemented his spot in the starting line-up, playing 24 out of 25 games and kicking 18 goals. The performance that won him a 2013 AFL Rising Star nomination was his 17 disposals and two goal effort in the Hawks’ thrilling win against the Crows at AAMI Stadium in Round 6.
Hill's good form continued, and he gained selection in the team for the 2013 AFL Grand Final at the M.C.G. in front of 100,007 people. In the first quarter, Hill passed the ball from the boundary to Jack Gunston in front of goals, who then kicked the first goal of the game. He then repeated the trick in the 3rd quarter for Gunston to kick his 4th goal, which re-established Hawthorn's lead going into the final stanza. Hill kicked the sealer halfway through the final quarter, running into an open goal, thus giving the Hawks a 5-goal lead that Fremantle could not overcome. The Hill brothers, Stephen and Bradley, became the first brothers to play against each other in a Grand Final since the 1912 VFL Grand Final.
He went onto play valuable roles in the 2014 and 2015 Premierships, becoming a member of the now famous 3-peat. In mid-2016, Hill asked to return home to play with his brother at Fremantle. Hill continued his outstanding form, winning the 2017 Doig Medal Fremantle's best-and-fairest award, in his first season at the club. Hill returned to Victoria in 2020 to play with St Kilda.
13 – Jed Anderson
Born February 2, 1994
Recruited Greater Western Sydney
Debut Order 880
First game Round 1, 2013 v Geelong
Final game Round 6, 2015 v GWS
Premiership Box Hill 2013
Anderson was pre-listed by Greater Western Sydney and traded to Hawthorn for 2008 premiership player Stephen Gilham. He made his senior debut for the Hawks in Round 1, 2013 against Geelong. Anderson was the Round 3 AFL Rising Star nominee for 2013 following a performance against Collingwood in which he kicked his first goal. After an injury layoff, he played for Box Hill until improved form saw his return to the Senior line-up in Round 22. He played as the substitute and kicked a vital goal against Sydney in both Round 23 and the qualifying final. Anderson achieved some promising success when he was named in the Best Players in the Box Hill 2013 Premiership.
Anderson had a delayed start to the 2014 pre-season after contracting pneumonia while on end of season leave in Darwin. He had been wading at Howard Swamps, southeast of Darwin, in search of geese. He resumed training with the club in January. In the first game of the VFL season against Williamstown, Anderson hurt his shoulder. That was eventually operated on and he was out for the rest of the season. Anderson, who was contracted until the end of 2016, requested a trade, moving to North Melbourne to get more opportunities for regular senior football.
14 – Derick Wanganeen
Born February 5, 1991
Recruited Mallee Park via Port Adelaide
Debut Order 890
First game Round 1, 2014 v Brisbane Lions
Final game Round 1, 2014 v Brisbane Lions
Premiership Box Hill 2013
Drafted via the 2011 Rookie Draft, he was unable to find consistency as a small forward in his early career. He found his niche with a late switch to the backline and showed a natural ability to read the play and to set up teammates with his disposal. Wanganeen spent the maximum three years on Hawthorn’s rookie list but had to be delisted at the end of the 2012 season and then re-selected via the Rookie Draft at number 33.
He spent 2013 developing in the VFL and was rewarded with a Box Hill Premiership. His development as a player was noticed by the Hawthorn coaching staff. After an impressive pre-season, he was upgraded onto the primary list in place of the injured Brendan Whitecross. Wanganeen made his AFL debut in Launceston against the Brisbane Lions but was delisted at the end of season 2014.
15 – Kieran Lovell
Born May 16, 1997
Recruited Kingborough (Tasmania)
Debut Order 903
First game Round 6, 2016 v GWS
Final game Round 7, 2016 v Richmond
Kieran Lovell initially played for the Kingborough Tigers in the Tasmanian State League. He had a successful 2015 season, winning the Tasmanian MVP and All-Australian Under-18 honours after impressive performances in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships. Lovell spent three years on Hawthorn’s list, making his senior debut for the Hawks against GWS Giants at Spotless Stadium, Round 6, 2016. He garnered 6 kicks and 5 handballs, but the Hawks lost by 75 points. Lovell suffered a shoulder injury, which required surgery at the beginning of the 2017 season. He was able to return to senior football with Box Hill and helped them play in the finals. He was delisted at the end of season 2018.
16 – Jarman Impey
Born July 9, 1995
Recruited Port Adelaide
Debut Order 918
First game Round 1, 2018 v Collingwood
Most Consistent Player 2019
Originally from Shepparton, Impey played for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup and represented Victoria Country at the 2013 AFL Under 18 Championships.
Impey was drafted by Port Adelaide with their first selection, pick 21, in the 2013 AFL draft. He made his AFL debut against Carlton in the first round of the 2014 season and developed into a reliable back pocket player with a shutdown role on small forwards. In 2016, Impey moved to the forward line where he excelled with his explosive attack at the ball.
Wanting to return home to Victoria to support his sister, he was traded to Hawthorn at the end of the 2017 season. He was selected to play his first game with the Hawks in Round 1, 2018 and did not looked back, playing the next 34 games consecutively, either forward or back. In Round 19, 2019, Impey suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury against Geelong, ending what was his best season to date, winning the club’s Most Consistent Player Award that year. Impey returned to the fray in Round 9, 2020 only to receive a serious ankle injury in Round 14, 2021.
17 – Chad Wingard
Born July 29, 1993
Recruited Port Adelaide
Debut Order 925
First game Round 3, 2019 v North Melbourne
Wingard was born in Murray Bridge, South Australia. His father Trevor is part of the Indigenous Australian Kaurna people, and his mother Julie is Irish. At the age of 16, Wingard was a member of Murray Bridge's 2009 Imperial Football Club team that won the River Murray Football League premiership. In that game, he kicked five goals. Wingard also played basketball and was the captain of South Australia's Under-16 basketball team.
He was the Power’s first pick at the 2011 national draft. An exciting midfielder who always looked to be unfazed on the field and got better every week. In 2013, he achieved a sustained level of excellence and played a superb year, winning the John Cahill Medal (Best & Fairest) and earning All-Australian selection.
At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Wingard requested a trade to Hawthorn. Hawthorn traded their first-round pick and promising youngster, Ryan Burton to gain Chad Wingard. During the pre-season Wingard developed the calf complaint that forced him to miss all the warm-up games and the first two regular games of the 2019 season. He made his debut for his new club against North Melbourne and kicked three goals to help win the match. Wingard had his best season to date with the Hawks in 2021, coming fifth in the Peter Crimmins Medal.
18 – Tyler Brockman
Born November 22, 2002
Recruited Subiaco Colts
Debut Order 939
First game Round 1, 2021 v Essendon
Pick 46 in the 2020 National Draft, Tyler Brockman expressed surprise when selected by the Hawks. An explosive small forward who possesses elite speed and agility, Brockman played 10 games in the WAFL Colts competition in season 2020. He joined the Hawks from Subiaco, where hen averaged 4.7 tackles per game for the Lions in his under 18s year, demonstrating his ability to apply pressure to complement his offensive skills. This young Indigenous Hawk is an excitement machine and is one player Hawks fans should keep their eye on.
Indigenous Players who played HFC Reserves / Box Hill (2000 onwards)
- Willie Rioli 1991 Reserve Games 17
- Djaran Whyman (Rookie listed 2002, returned to country football later that season)
Later played 3 AFL Games, North Melbourne Kangaroos 2007
- Amos Frank (Rookie listed 2011, returned to South Australia after two seasons)
Box Hill Games 21, Box Hill Reserves 4
- Dayle Garlett (National Draft 2013, returned to Western Australia early 2014)
- Mathew Walker (National Draft 2018) Box Hill Games 4
Two Indigenous Players, the Saunder brothers played with the U17s / U19s in 1973 / 1975