AFL 1998 – Twenty Years On: Hawthorn Hawks (13th)

The Hawks had staved off a merger but they could hold back the ravages of mediocrity as they limped through most of 1998, until, as the Record noted, they avoided the spoon with a withering final charge.


They crept up the table in the ensuing seasons, losing a prelim final narrowly in 2001, with 20 of their top 21 players (by games played that year) in this 1998 roster. Quite remarkable really.


Apart from Shane Crawford, the 1999 Brownlow winner and Jason Dunstall, this crop is a comparatively anonymous lot, many of them having avoided major drug charges or accusations of fraud in their post-footy lives.


Crawford and the not at all aforementioned Trent Croad were members of the Brown and Gold’s surprisish 2008 flag, both playing their final games on that day. Daniel Chick found success etc at West Coast in the mid 2000s.


If you’ve had any early morning Crown Casino sightings, bible reading conversations or been awarded a Bertocchi ham by one of these fellows, let us know below.



AFL Debuts 1998: Trent Croad, Matthew Dennis, Haydon Kilmartin, Brad Lloyd, Christopher Obst, Nathan Thompson, Nathan Turvey, Richard Vandenberg

Kept Under Wraps 1998: Marcus Baldwin, Kris Barlow, Glen Bowyer, Hayden Burgiel, Jason Daniltchenko, Paul Sharkey, Joel Smith, Phillip Smith

Never Heard of Him: Nathan Turvey

Delisted at end of 1998: Randall Bone, Justin Crawford, Kane Fraser, Haydon Kilmartin, Paul Sharkey, Phillip Smith, Glenn Bowyer

Traded at end of 1998: nil

Retirements at end of 1998: Jason Dunstall, Darren Kappler, Stephen Lawrence


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About Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt

Saw my first SANFL game in 1967 - Dogs v Peckers. Have only ever seen the Dogs win 1 final in the flesh (1972 1st Semi) Mediocre forward pocket for the AUFC Blacks (1982-89) Life member - Ormond Netball Club -That's me on the right


  1. george smith says

    Darren Kappler was part of the trade that brought Greg Williams to Carlton. Started at Fitzroy, spent time at Sydney, somehow made it to Hawthorn. Seemed to be a “confident” Fitzroy midfielder, Micky Conlan style.

    Nathan Thompson of the film star looks could have been anything until depression took hold, ended up a commentator at channel 9. I wish him all the best.

  2. Speaking of casino sightings: wasn’t Justin Crawford arrested at Crown Casino for urinating at a black-jack table? Allegedly.

  3. Turvey briefly bobbed up in the SANFL at some stage.

    See Jono Robran at Walkerville Footy Club occasionally, his son goes around in the Under 12s Bs – playing in a Grand Final this weekend.

  4. There’s been a few chaps who’ve played VFL who also played first class, or test cricket but Stephen Lawrence is an interesting one.

    His father Godfrey Lawrence played 5 tests for South Africa in the early 1960’s. Stephen himself was born over in that neck of the woods.

    They reckon footy was quite popular in South Africa at the turn of the 20th century. It was introduced by Australians,some who fought in the Boer war, others were miners looking for their fortune. The game then withered away. i’d like too know more about it.


  5. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Thanks again George. Kappler went ok at the Panthers, along with his brother David. Thompson seems a good ‘un.

    He was my inspiration for that bit Smokie.

    If only Vale Park had a footy team Dave.

    Thanks for that Glen. Wouldn’t be too many with that kind of pedigree.

  6. Mark Duffett says

    Luke McCabe returned to Central District for premiership glory in 2005 and 2008.

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