Since the introduction of the mid-season break in 2011, no team has performed better following their respective bye than Hawthorn.

The Hawks have won seven of their eight games after a week off in the past eight seasons.

Alastair Clarkson has ensured his men have come out firing every year, with their average winning margin sitting at just shy of six goals.

Interestingly, the Hawks have faced either Adelaide or Port Adelaide following their bye in each of the past five years.

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This week the Hawks will face Essendon, a club that also enjoyed its mid-season rest in Round 12.

The Bombers have an up and down record in their past eight years, winning four and losing four of their eight outings after byes.

The Hawks and the Bombers entered their weekends off last week with similar moods about the opening halves of their respective campaigns.

Two finals hopefuls, both clubs recorded five wins from their opening 11 matches – with similar levels of inconsistency plaguing them.

Refreshed and ready, Friday night’s clash poses as a must-win for both sides as they look to hold contact with the top eight.


Hawthorn’s record following bye rounds

Round 13 2018

Defeated Adelaide by 56 points

Round 14 2017

Defeated Adelaide by 14 points

Round 16 2016

Defeated Port Adelaide by 22 points

Round 12 2015

Defeated Adelaide by 29 points

Round 10 2014

Lost to Port Adelaide by 14 points 

Round 12 2013

Defeated Carlton by 15 points

Round 14 2012

Defeated Carlton by 50 points

Round 18 2011

Defeated Melbourne by 54 points