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[caption id="attachment_369166" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Former Hawthorn Captain Sam Mitchell, one of the many legendary Hawks to have played in a winning grand final side.[/caption]

Originally posted September 2019

It’s September, and for many Melburnians (and footy tragics across Australia, for that matter), this time of year means one thing: the finals are upon us.

Uncharacteristically, one team that just missed out on making the final eight in the AFL this season is Hawthorn.

Despite the best efforts of Coach Alastair Clarkson, the family club (which won three consecutive premierships between 2013 and 2015) finished ninth. A preseason injury to Brownlow Medal-winning midfielder Tom Mitchell proved too big an obstacle in 2019.

Despite a disappointing season, off the footy field, Hawthorn remains in great shape.

Unlike many professional sporting teams around the world, Hawthorn is owned solely by its members. In 2019, the club signed up 81,130 paid supporters, setting a membership record for the 13th consecutive year. It remains on track to reaching its five-year strategic plan of 100,000…
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