Hawke was a centre half forward and first played with North Adelaide in the 1927 season. The next year he moved to a farm on the Yorke Peninsula to work and over the coming years only played for North Adelaide on occasions, such as playing finals football in 1930 and 1931. He managed a full season in 1937 and ended up winning the Magarey Medal. Despite playing in eleven different seasons he finished his SANFL career with just 70 games, as well as representing South Australia at two interstate carnivals. He is a half forward flanker in North Adelaide's official Team of the Century.