By the time the Hawks take to GMHBA Stadium, it will be 82 days since their previous outing.

That previous outing was a win, by the way, over the Brisbane Lions. 

If you're the type that can barely remember what you had for breakfast, then this article should help you refresh on how Round 1 went down. 

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Firstly, and most importantly, Hawthorn currently sit inside the top four after its win over the Lions. 

The game highlighted the greater emphasis the Hawks had placed on the offensive side of their game over the summer, scoring 90 points - a feat they were able to better only three times in 2019. 

Shaun Burgoyne, Chad Wingard and Luke Breust were all key contributors in this area, all contributing with three goals, while Jonathon Patton also showed promising signs as the focal point of the Hawks attack, booting his first major in his new colours. 

Tom Mitchell was also a cause for excitement for the Hawks, making a successful return after spending the entirety of the 2019 season on the sidelines.

The 2018 Brownlow Medallist collected a team-high 25 disposals, including an impressive nine clearances.

Some things don't change.

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One noticeable difference though from the previous season came from the Hawks' ruck set-up, with Jon Ceglar assuming the primary ruck role while Ben McEvoy ably joined the backline division. 

Ceglar clearly won the ruck battle, with his 27 hit-outs clearly overcoming the 23 taps that Lions pair Stefan Martin and Oscar McInerney could manage.

Skipper Ben Stratton was also an important piece in the Round 1 victory, keeping Lions barometer and reigning All Australian forward Charlie Cameron to just nine possessions. 

So, in short, it was an exhilarating season opener for the Hawks, with many strong indications that the club could make a return to finals action in 2020. 

Now, 82 days later, the Hawks will look to restart their campaign with just the same momentum they left it with.