Shaun Burgoyne has become the first Hawk to play in three draws.
He has featured in Hawthorn’s three 21st century draws against St Kilda (2010), GWS (2017) and Melbourne last Saturday night.
It was the second Hawthorn draw for Liam Shiels, Luke Breust, Ben McEvoy, Tim O’Brien, Daniel Howe and Tom Mitchell. McEvoy also played in Hawthorn’s 2010 draw, but for the St Kilda opposition, and he actually kicked the goal which levelled the scores in the dying stages.
Hawks’ legend Graham Arthur was a bit unlucky not to play in three draws. He played in a draw in his second season, 1956, and one in his final season,1968, but he missed the mid-career draw against Geelong in 1963 due to a rib injury. What made this particularly unlucky was that it was the only game he missed in the 1963 season.
The Hawk with the most games without playing in a draw is Kelvin Moore (300 games), followed by Robert Dipierdomenico (240), Michael Moncrieff (224), Alan Martello (223) and Geoff Ablett (202).
At the other end of the scale, the shortest Hawthorn career to include a draw was Bert Amey’s. He had a draw and two defeats in his three games in 1944. Both Denver Grainger-Barras and Ned Reeves have currently had a draw in three game careers, but they will undoubtedly add to their games’ tallies.
Denver Grainger-Barras has experienced all three results – win, loss, and draw – in his first three games, becoming the fifth Hawthorn player to do this.
The previous four all did so in 1968, when a draw against South Melbourne in Round 2 was sandwiched between a Round 1 loss to Essendon and a Round 3 victory over Footscray. Both Norm Bussell and John Fisher played in these three matches, while Paul Tolson played in the loss and the draw before next appearing in a Round 10 win. Rochford Devenish-Meares debuted in the draw, played in the Round 3 win and then in a Round 4 defeat.
Hawthorn has now been in 17th position on the ladder for 11 consecutive rounds, its longest sequence in the one position since being in first place for 12 consecutive weeks from Round 12 to Round 23 of 2013.
Hawthorn’s longest sequence on top of the ladder was 20 rounds from Round 4 1989 to Round 1 1990, while the longest sequence on the bottom was 23 rounds from Round 15 1949 to Round 18 1950. The longest sequence in a position, other than top or bottom, was 14 rounds spent in 10th position from Round 5 to Round 18 in 1930.
Hawthorn has won 11 of its last 13 games against Adelaide, the only blemishes being at the MCG in 2017 and Adelaide Oval last season. Prior to the 2017 defeat, the Hawks had won the previous seven games, beginning with a 56-point victory in Round 3 2012 and including two thrillers - the five-point win in the 2012 Preliminary Final and the Paul Puopolo inspired three-point win in 2016.
There was another thriller in Round 6 this season, with the Hawks coming from behind to record a three-point win in Launceston. In total, the Hawks and Crows have played 44 times, with Hawthorn holding a 24-20 advantage.
The two clubs have never previously played a home and away game at Docklands, but they did play a memorable Elimination Final there in 2007. Hawthorn won by three points – 15.15.105 to 15.12.102 - with Lance Franklin kicking seven goals, including the match-winner with just seconds remaining.
Hawthorn has played 57 games in Round 19, recording 32 wins and 25 losses. Hawthorn won five consecutive Round 19 games from 2014 to 2018, however, the sequence was broken with defeat by Brisbane Lions in Launceston in 2019. There was no Round 19 last season.
10 years ago, in Round 19 2011, Hawthorn defeated Fremantle by 51 points at Subiaco – 13.17.95 to 6.8.44. The Hawks got on top early with a 6.3 to 0.2 first quarter and went on from there. David Hale kicked three goals, while Sam Mitchell and Brad Sewell led a dominant midfield.
20 years ago, in Round 19 2001, the Hawks responded to their shock loss to the Dockers the previous week with a thumping victory over Melbourne at the MCG. Hawthorn’s most dominant quarter was the second when it added 8.6 to 1.0 on the way to an 85-point win – 24.12.156 to 10.11.71. Trent Croad booted five goals, while both Kris Barlow and Ben Dixon contributed four. Shane Crawford received the three Brownlow votes.
40 years ago, in Round 19 1981, an inaccurate Hawthorn defeated Footscray by 21 points at Princes Park – 15.21.111 to 13.12.90. Oddly, the Hawks began the game with an extremely accurate opening term, kicking 8.1 to 1.2, but for the rest of the match could only add 7.20. Leigh Matthews was best-on-ground with 32 disposals and three goals.
50 years ago, in Round 19 1971, Hawthorn thrashed North Melbourne by 92 points at Glenferrie – 23.16.154 to 9.8.62. The star of the day was Bruce Stevenson, who played a career-best game, with 33 disposals and 14 marks.
Jason Dunstall holds the Hawthorn individual goal-kicking record against Adelaide, kicking nine goals on three separate occasions – in 1993 and 1994 (both at Football Park) and in 1996 (at Waverley). Dunstall also holds the individual goal-kicking record for Round 19, setting it in 1996 when he kicked 14 against Footscray at Waverley on a Saturday night.