Hungry hawks get on with it
AFL: It was a disappointing exit from the finals for Hawthorn but forward Luke Breust says that's all in the past with the squad shifting their attentions to getting the most out of pre-season.
After winning 10 of their final 12 regular season fixtures, including a six-game winning streak, the Hawks were quickly knocked out with straight losses to ladder leaders Richmond and fifth-placed Melbourne in the finals series.
"Personally and collectively, it's very disappointing with the way we exited the season and to go out in straight sets is never a great result,” Breust said.
"(But) We addressed that and I think at the moment it's more about focussing on our preparation, having a really good training camp and working out how we want to play in 2019 and attacking that JLT series and then from there round one against the Crows.”
With some new faces in camp, Breust said it was exciting times for the club as they prepare to endure a muggy pre-season on the Sunshine Coast this week.
The club added youngsters James Worpel, Dylan Moore and Jackson Ross during the NAB AFL Draft along with signing experienced heads in Tom Scully and Chad Wingard.
"Our recruiting team did a great job this year and we've brought some really quality players into our group,” he said.
"Last few years we've had a little bit of change but at the same time it's exciting. We've had some great experience put into some young guys last season and great exposure to finals as well.
"More youth has been brought into the club this year so it's certainly a different feeling for some of us older guys but these (Coast camp) are times we actually get to know these guys and spend some really good time with them.”
Of the new additions, Breust was looking forward to linking with former GWS midfielder Scully on field in 2019.
He was hopeful, with a solid pre-season, that Hawthorn could enter the new year hungry and with a solid mindset to tackle the challenges that lay ahead.
"Last season we finished top four and we've got a really solid core group of players and then you add the Tom Scullys and the Windgards and guys like that who can add a bit of talent and some real quality to our group.
"So, looking forward to pre-season and I think that's where a lot of confidence can be built in to then take into the main season.”
Hawthorn arrived on the Coast on Thursday, and will spend the next week grinding away at Maroochydore Mutlisports Complex.
They'll be busy training at Mooloolaba Beach and will host an open training session at Fisherman's Rd for fans on Sunday from 8.30am.