AFL games: 13
Disposals per game: 10.3
Marks per game: 3.7
Maginness has established a name for himself as one of the premier run-with midfielders in the competition in 2023. The 22-year-old has produced some terrific jobs this year, including hounding Collingwood star Nick Daicos in Round 21 in a monumental upset win and blanketed Josh Kelly earlier in the year. His concentration and huge fitness base worked wonders and he was also able to impact games offensively, averaging 10.3 disposals at 75.4 per cent efficiency.
Best AFL game:
It’s hard to go past Finn’s impact in Hawthorn’s huge win against Collingwood. Daicos was blanketed by the Hawks tagger, with Maginness restricting the Brownlow Medal favourite to a career-low five disposals – albeit a game he was unable to finish due to a knee injury – marking just the third time in his career that he has had fewer than 20 disposals in a match.
How the coaches saw him:
“Finn’s back half of the year has been really strong. I think everyone – even rival clubs – know the job that he can do and once he forced himself into the side mid-year, some of the scalps he has taken have been really encouraging. Similar to Ned Long, he is a real professional who works hard and wants to get the best out of himself. Some of the roles he does for the team are really invaluable. If we continue to work on not only his defensive side of his game, which is really good, but his offensive output as well as a midfielder that will be the next progression for Finn. He always attacks the pre-season with good vigour, so I expect him to improve again next year.” – David Hale