Hawkins earns two-year AFL deal at Cats

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has the chance to reach the magical 300-game AFL milestone after inking a two-year contract extension.

This year, Hawkins became the first Cat since Gary Ablett Snr in 1995 to win the Coleman medal, booting 42 goals during the 17-game regular season.

The 32-year-old, who debuted for the Cats in 2007 and has since racked up 277 games, has booted 603 goals – the third most in club history.

He led the AFL in both goals and goal assists in 2020, en route to his first Coleman medal and third All-Australian selection.

Only four other players in Geelong’s history have made it to 300 games and Hawkins is on track to become the fifth.

“Tom’s form line is ascending and we believe he will continue to improve as a player,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

“Tom is a team-first player who looks to bring his teammates into the game and create opportunities for others as well as himself.

“He is a leader both on and off the field and cares deeply about his teammates and all at the club.”

Hawkins helped the Cats win premierships in 2009 and 2011, and won the club’s best and fairest award in 2012.

His father, Jack, played 182 games with Geelong. His grandfather Fred Le Deux played 18 matches while his uncles Michael (two games) and Robb (three games) also featured for Geelong.

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Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall reveal $3m plans for northern beaches home

Jennifer Hawkins and husband Jake Wall have revealed plans for their new home. Picture: Dylan Robinson

Just 10 weeks after buying their latest building project, Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall have lodged the arch­itectural plans for their new northern beaches oceanfront home.

They intend spending $3.03 million on the home on the 3300sqm Whale Beach block they bought for $6.95 million through David Edwards, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach. Rocca Bella, the former time-warp 1950s oceanfront estate of the late Dame Joan Sutherland, appears set to be demolished.

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The couple spent nearly $7m on the property.

It last traded in 2015 when investment banker Lorraine Tarabay, wife of Rare Infrastructure fund manager Nick Langley, paid $6.9 million for the clifftop ­estate, five years after the death of the soprano. Tarabay had approved $3.6 million Campbell Architecture plans, but opted not to proceed so the estate remains as the opera world’s La Stupenda left it. It appears the couple have opted for their own plans which don’t reinstate the overgrown tennis court but propose a half-sized basketball court.

Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall on their babymoon on Hamilton Island. Source: Instagram jenhawkins_

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The plans will surely take advantage of the view.

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Rayner Rd’s latest sale sees the ANZ chairman David Gonski and his wife Orli Wargon sell their weekender for $5.9 million.

The Andrew Coomer-designed home was last sold in 2009 for $5.1 million by the lawyer Tony Bancroft and his wife Cassandra. On the beach, jewellery ­designer Sybella Morris splashed out in July to secure the Alex Popov-­designed residence The Hutt at Whale Beach for $10.3 million

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AFL 2020: Gary Rohan, Amie Rohan split, Geelong rumours, Tom Hawkins

Geelong star Gary Rohan’s marriage with wife Amie is reportedly over after the couple separated this year.

Rohan and Instagram influencer partner Amie are reported to have gone their separate ways when the Cats star left Victoria with his teammates in July when the NSW border was about to shut.

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The Herald Sun first reported the break-up on Friday night, revealing the split occurred just a few months after the couple celebrated the birth of their third child Sadie Rose in March.

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It comes as Amie Rohan this week posted a cryptic, inspirational message to her 35,000 Instagram followers — prompting a flow of support messages from high-profile figures in the Australian sports industry, including Channel 9 star Erin Molan and Abby Gilmore.

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Geelong Cats forward Tom Hawkins wants the cream again

At the Cats, Hawkins is everyone’s favourite big brother, an avuncular figure who is simply regarded inside the football club as the nicest guy going around.

That doesn’t mean he is perfect. The misplaced aggression that sidelined him for last year’s preliminary final became just one of a number of badly timed brain fades that have led to reports for relatively minor incidents in recent years.

But this competitor without a selfish streak has improved with age, maturing and feeling comfortable within the game and outside it on his 62-hectare farm in the Barrabool Hills near Geelong.

Whether this season has been his best is up to others to decide, says Hawkins, in his unhurried, R.M. Williams drawl, but he admits he has found himself in a sweet spot after years of hard work and in a grand final again, 3312 days after he announced himself in the 2011 decider.

“I do feel really confident in my body and just the way I am able to prepare,” Hawkins said.

“My attitude and professionalism towards the game has changed as well. I am really confident in all facets of my life, and in particular football, so I think that is helping me play well.”

He even puts his ability to control boundary throw-ins – where he looks more and more threatening every week – down to work that started 10 years ago when he was trying to find a spot in the team and played in the ruck.

“I have always said that the body work I learned on the ruck helped me as a key-position forward,” Hawkins said.

“Our midfield and stoppage coach Matty Knights has been awesome and they have given me a licence to have a go in there. I have certainly had games this year where it hasn’t gone my way but it is nice to work with players on the ground as well.”

He’s grateful, too, for the family support, not only from his wife in Queensland, but from his brother Charlie and sister Jane, who have looked after the farm while they have been away.

Hawkins describes himself as a hobby farmer, well aware that whenever he is described as a farmer it gives his cousins back in Finley, where he grew up, a good laugh.

“I have been very fortunate. Being three months away, there are some tasks [on the farm] that need to be done,” Hawkins said. “It has made my task a lot easier.”

That’s a relief because on Saturday night he faces a difficult task against Richmond, who have beaten the Cats in five of their past six encounters with Hawkins kicking 10 goals in the five games he has played against the Tigers in that period.

Noah Balta, who emerged like a shark tooth to replace Alex Rance on the last line of defence, is likely to have the big job on Hawkins, who is as focused on winning the flag as he was when the team packed their bags for Sydney in July.

“We went away still thinking it was an opportunity for there to be a 2020 premier and that was firmly in our sights right back then,” Hawkins said.

“There is a large task in front of us to topple Richmond. We can’t wait for the challenge.”

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Geelong Cats’ Tom Hawkins all clear for game v Richmond Tigers

Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins admits the thought of what would have happened if the minor sore throat he contracted early in the week was the forerunner of a COVID-19 diagnosis on the eve of the 2020 grand final briefly ran through his mind.

But after easing the anxiety of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan by testing negative to the coronavirus, the 32-year-old joined teammates at Southport for their main training session on Wednesday afternoon and is certain to play against Richmond on Saturday.

Tom Hawkins had a scare when he was isolated after reporting a sore throat earlier this week.Credit:Getty Images

“I did think briefly [about COVID-19] but the symptoms of just a sore throat were pretty isolated,” Hawkins said on Wednesday. Queensland had one case of COVID-19 diagnosed in the past 24 hours and has five active cases in the state.

“There was a never a chance I had contracted COVID-19 unless I had got it off a staff member somehow, but it was a little bit laughable. I am fine now and looking forward to getting into the week.

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Tom Hawkins tests negative for COVID-19 and given all-clear, says AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

McLachlan disclosed Hawkins’ test result, but wasn’t sure if he was supposed to do so.

“100 per cent [Hawkins has tested negative for COVID-19]. That was last night,” the CEO said.

“You didn’t know that?

“I don’t know if I should have told that … things get out, but people having runny noses every day … you get used to it, that’s life.”

After a tumultuous season, McLachlan said he had always believed the AFL would make it to the grand final.

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AFL 2020: Tom Hawkins, illness, AFL COVID-19, Geelong vs Richmond, grand final teams, AFL 360, Joel Selwood

Geelong captain Joel Selwood has played down concerns over star forward Tom Hawkins, saying he’ll be “absolutely fine” to take part in what could be his third premiership-winning side.

Hawkins has been forced to isolate from his teammates just four days out from the grand final, after the Coleman Medallist reported experiencing a sore throat.

Speaking on AFL 360, Selwood said there was no cause for alarm, regardless of how little training he may do this week.

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Tom Hawkins misses Geelong Cats training with sore throat

The Cats said Hawkins had been required to isolate in what was just a routine measure under AFL protocols.

“I’m not too concerned. I think it might have been a bit overblown,” Dangerfield said.

Dangerfield was speaking ahead of his first grand final just hours after the AFL confirmed the allocation of grand final tickets made available to the public had been snapped up in just 20 minutes with 30,000 spectators able to attend the Gabba on Saturday.

Hawkins is a key to Geelong’s premiership chances and has family with him on the Gold Coast after they joined him in August. having spent two weeks at the AFL’s quarantine hub in Palm Meadows.

He attended Sunday night’s Brownlow Medal at Metricon Stadium with his wife Emma and teammates and their partners where they were isolated from other attendees.

All people staying in the hub with Richmond and Geelong are subject to regular COVID-19 tests and must adhere to AFL protocols with Hawkins staying with his family at Royal Pines.

The 32-year-old missed last year’s preliminary final against Richmond due to suspension but rebounded with one of the best year’s in his outstanding career to lead the AFL’s goalkicking with 48 goals.

If he kicks two goals in the grand final he will kick 50 goals in a season for the seventh year in a row, having had his breakout game nine years ago in the 2011 grand final when he booted three goals to help the Cats defeat Collingwood.

Richmond have no injury concerns ahead of the match with their only potential decision being whether to play two rucks. But with the Cats using Rhys Stanley and Mark Blicavs in the ruck they are more likely to stick with the model they used in the semi and preliminary final.

Toby Nankervis was outstanding in the ruck for Richmond in the last quarter against Port Adelaide as he took several telling marks deep in defence.

Key forward Tom Lynch, who missed the opening final as he recovered from a hamstring injury, said on Monday his body was fine and he was in good shape heading into his second grand final.

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Geelong’s Tom Hawkins misses training session with sore throat ahead of grand final

Geelong insists Tom Hawkins will be fit to play in the AFL grand final against Richmond despite the Coleman medallist missing Tuesday’s training session through illness.

Hawkins, who kicked two goals in the Cat’s 40-point win over Brisbane in last Saturday night’s preliminary final, was instructed by club officials to stay away from teammates after feeling unwell.

The power forward has a sore throat, an ailment believed to have been passed on by one of his children.

The Cats said he was required to isolate under COVID-19 protocols.

The Cats will hold their main training session in Southport on Wednesday ahead of Saturday night’s grand final at the Gabba, and Patrick Dangerfield said he expected Hawkins to take part.

“I haven’t seen him (Hawkins) today but I’m not too concerned,” he said.

“We all trained in separate groups today but our main session is tomorrow night and I’m sure he’ll be out there.”

Hawkins kicked two goals in the Cats’ win over the Lions in the preliminary final.(AAP: Dave Hunt)

Geelong players trained in small groups on Tuesday in what was termed a “craft session”.

Hawkins’s young family is staying with him at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast, where a small group of Geelong players with families are based.

The majority of the Cats’ travelling party is based a few kilometres away at a hotel next to their Southport Sharks training ground.

Meanwhile, Matt Stevic, Simon Meredith and Craig Fleer have been selected as the field umpires for the grand final.

Stevic, a 400-match veteran, will officiate his eighth grand final and his fifth in a row.

Meredith will umpire his sixth season decider and Fleer will make his grand final debut.

Boundary umpires Michael Marantelli (three grand finals), Ian Burrows (eight), Matthew Konetschka (two) and Matthew Tomkins (three) all have experience in officiating grand finals.

Goal umpire Matthew Dervan will officiate his first grand final alongside Steven Piperno.


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AFL 2020: Brownlow Medal tips, dark horses, outside chances, leaderboard, best chances, odds, Taylor Adams, Tom Mitchell, Nic Naitanui, Tom Hawkins, Zach Merrett, Luke Parker

In a year like no other, it seems fitting that we’ll have a Brownlow Medal count to match.

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