Phew! Just when you were wondering how your team’s backline was going to cope with the Hawks’ forwards, D Mac now throws the spotlight onto their rucks.
For many years, this area has been one where the Hawks have been deficient either through injury or incompetence or both. The addition of Hale last year proved very fruitful and Roughie’s move into the ruck was a revelation.
From a SC perspective, here’s who D Mac recommends you give consideration to:
Max Bailey – $394,100, 72, 13
I love the man & his courage to stick at footy when it looked like it was almost over for him but not a great SC scorer. Avg may increase from last year with more games under his belt but nothing to warrant selection.
David Hale – $406,600, 75, 17 (Forward)
Used mainly as a fwd target & pinch hitting in the ruck, his numbers are almost identical to Max Bailey. Had an interrupted year with injury, should improve his numbers but not greatly.
Luke Lowden – $113,200
Moved up the Hawks ruck order after Brent Renouf moved to Port. On the senior list but hasn’t debuted yet. Could come in for “Bails” if he goes down with injury. Played 13 games with Box Hill last year, avg 13 disposals & 17 hit outs.
* NB: Roughead was covered in the Forwards post.
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