Doug Hawkins

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Doug Hawkins
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-05-05) 5 May 1960 (age 56)
Original team(s) Braybrook
Height/Weight 180 cm / 79 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1978–1994
1995
Total
Footscray
Fitzroy
329 (216)
021 0(11)
350 (227)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
Victoria ? (?)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights

Douglas James Hawkins (born 5 May 1960) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL. He ran for the Senate, as a member of Palmer United Party, in the 2013 Australian federal election.[1]

Early career[edit]

Hawkins hailed from the industrialised, working class western suburbs of Melbourne, and although he was a North Melbourne supporter in his youth, competition zoning rules in effect prior to the adoption of a national draft, dictated that Hawkins' rights were 'zoned' to Footscray, given his suburb of residence was nearby Braybrook. He got his wish, making his VFL debut for Footscray in 1978 as a teenager.

Football career[edit]

Footscray[edit]

Hawkins made a name for himself over the ensuing years as one of the finest wingers the game has ever seen, so much so that at the team's home ground, the Western Oval, one of the wings of the ground was named the "Doug Hawkins Wing". Much has also been made about his rocky relationship with coach Mick Malthouse during the 1980s, but during Hawkins' Australian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2004, Hawkins played this down. In 1994, Hawkins broke Ted Whitten's long-standing club record of 321 games for Footscray, and Whitten was on-hand to congratulate him.

Fitzroy[edit]

However, after playing 329 games and kicking 216 goals for the Bulldogs, Hawkins' contract was not renewed, and so he moved to the financially strapped Fitzroy Football Club for one last season in 1995. He played 21 games and kicked 11 goals for the club before announcing his retirement.

Statistics[edit]

[2]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1978 Footscray 7 18 11 7 157 84 241 65 N/A 0.6 0.4 8.7 4.7 13.4 3.6 N/A
1979 Footscray 7 22 17 13 279 106 385 64 N/A 0.8 0.6 12.7 4.8 17.5 2.9 N/A
1980 Footscray 7 12 5 7 138 81 219 38 N/A 0.4 0.6 11.5 6.8 18.3 3.2 N/A
1981 Footscray 7 21 12 11 219 189 408 73 N/A 0.6 0.5 10.4 9.0 19.4 3.5 N/A
1982 Footscray 7 16 5 5 198 132 330 48 N/A 0.3 0.3 12.4 8.3 20.6 3.0 N/A
1983 Footscray 7 19 6 6 254 179 433 74 N/A 0.3 0.3 13.4 9.4 22.8 3.9 N/A
1984 Footscray 7 22 9 13 290 156 446 99 N/A 0.4 0.6 13.2 7.1 20.3 4.5 N/A
1985 Footscray 7 24 7 8 349 182 531 172 N/A 0.3 0.3 14.5 7.6 22.1 7.2 N/A
1986 Footscray 7 16 2 4 198 98 296 92 N/A 0.1 0.3 12.4 6.1 18.5 5.8 N/A
1987 Footscray 7 12 6 2 144 90 234 72 8 0.5 0.2 12.0 7.5 19.5 6.0 0.7
1988 Footscray 7 20 7 3 198 161 359 90 22 0.4 0.2 9.9 8.1 18.0 4.5 1.1
1989 Footscray 7 20 8 4 266 206 472 127 33 0.4 0.2 13.3 10.3 23.6 6.4 1.7
1990 Footscray 7 21 28 12 248 145 393 101 16 1.3 0.6 11.8 6.9 18.7 4.8 0.8
1991 Footscray 7 22 38 33 248 119 367 116 20 1.7 1.5 11.3 5.4 16.7 5.3 0.9
1992 Footscray 7 23 42 22 254 155 409 123 26 1.8 1.0 11.0 6.7 17.8 5.3 1.1
1993 Footscray 7 20 6 11 200 156 356 88 21 0.3 0.6 10.0 7.8 17.8 4.4 1.1
1994 Footscray 7 21 7 8 143 88 231 53 23 0.3 0.4 6.8 4.2 11.0 2.5 1.1
1995 Fitzroy 3 21 11 3 180 162 342 68 32 0.5 0.1 8.6 7.7 16.3 3.2 1.5
Career 350 227 172 3963 2489 6452 1563 201 0.6 0.5 11.3 7.1 18.4 4.5 1.1

Career highlights[edit]

Playing career:

  • 1978–1995 (Games: 350, Goals: 227)
  • Footscray 1978–1994 (Games: 329, Goals: 216)
  • Fitzroy 1995 (Games: 21, Goals: 11)

Player honors:

  • Foots/WB Team of the Century
  • Foots/WB Hall of Fame
  • AFL Hall of Fame

Media career[edit]

Off the field, Hawkins was known as an old-fashioned Aussie larrikin, someone who himself acknowledged he was not one of the smartest people going around, but was always up for a laugh. As a panel member of the Nine Network's The Footy Show during the mid-1990s, he was often portrayed as the show's court jester.[3] In 1998, Hawkins moved to the Seven Network and appeared on a Wednesday night rival to The Footy Show, Live and Kicking.

Politics[edit]

Hawkins is standing as a candidate for a Victorian Senate seat in the 2013 Australian Federal Election as a member of Palmer United Party.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hawkins is married to Raelene, who appeared on Fox Footy's Living with Footballers before it was axed at the end of 2004. They have three children – a son and two daughters. Doug currently resides near Bacchus Marsh and has served as a coach of the Bacchus Marsh Football Club.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AFL Legend Doug Hawkins stands for Palmer United Party". The Age. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  2. ^ Doug Hawkins' player profile at AFL Tables
  3. ^ Lane, Patrick (12 June 2013). "Doug Hawkins tired of court jester label". 

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