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Clarkson hits out at draw as Hawks rue tough start

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Martin Blake, Launceston

Defeat: Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in action against the Swans yesterday. The Hawks have endured a tough start to the season but may have an easier road ahead.

Defeat: Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in action against the Swans yesterday. The Hawks have endured a tough start to the season but may have an easier road ahead. Photo: Getty Images

HAWTHORN'S tough draw to start the season has displeased coach Alastair Clarkson, who says the competition is compromising its integrity.

But Clarkson acknowledges he can't do anything about it. The Hawks are 2-3 after yesterday's defeat by the Swans and have what appears to be an easier road ahead after games against grand finalists Geelong and Collingwood, plus Adelaide, West Coast and Sydney to start the 2012 season.

''The one thing that we do compromise in our game is the integrity of the competition and that's because we compromise our draw,'' he said. ''But it is what it is. You can't do anything about it and we deal with what we have to deal with. All we know at this point in time is we've got a critical game against St Kilda next week.''

Adam Goodes of the Swans celebrates with coach John Longmire. Click for more photos

Swans stun Hawks

Sydney boots seven goals to two in the final quarter to over-run Hawthorn and honour record games supertsar Adam Goodes. Photo: Getty Images

The Hawks have St Kilda, Melbourne, Fremantle, Richmond, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Brisbane Lions in the run-up to the bye, all winnable games.

''Everyone knows that the draw's compromised,'' said Clarkson. ''We can't do anything about it. All we can do is try to win every game that we're capable of winning and see if we can get enough wins at the end of the year to finish in the finals and finish as high as [we] can to give ourselves a chance.''

The Hawks must play flag contenders Geelong, Collingwood, West Coast and Sydney twice. Of the teams not expected to get close to the finals, Hawthorn plays only Port Adelaide twice.

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold told The Age last week of his concerns about the fixtures and said his team had as tough a draw as any.

While fellow finals contenders North Melbourne and Adelaide play Gold Coast and GWS twice, the Hawks, along with the other top five teams of last season, play each of the new teams once.

Premiership favourite Carlton, meanwhile, only has to play Collingwood twice from last season's top four.

46 comments so far

  • Seriously, does Alistair Clarkson ever stop whinging??

    Last week he was bitching about the Eagles players shrugging tackles, conveniently forgot that if his team had of kicked a bit straighter they would have won...

    And now he's complaining about the draw, seriously, if you play soft teams in the lead up to the finals, you will be in for a nasty surprise come the business end of the season.

    Hawks are better than that, shut up Alistair and focus on coaching. You are starting to sound like that serial pin head Jeff Kennet.

    Commenter
    Lroy
    Date and time
    April 30, 2012, 9:02AM
    • couldn't agree more with Lroy. suck it up and get on with your job! that attitude is leaching into the team and it shows.

      Commenter
      bd
      Location
      sydney via perth
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 2:08PM
    • Lroy, you wouldnt be an Eagle supporter by any chance? Just seen you bragging about your mighty Eagles in the article about Hardwick. Maybe save your opinions for your own team. Sorry I forgot; you are not allowed to speak against the revered Eagles in the West..Shame! Maybe join a real Club like the Hawks where the members and supporters matter!!

      Commenter
      Liesa
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 5:27PM
  • Agree Lroy, Clarkson was outcoached by the Horse.The Ducks did their homework on Hawks mid-field and, ironically, led by a 'Kennedy' simply were better. In previous weeks Clarkson coaches in the box until 3/4 time then spends the last on the bench, Hawks haven't won a last quarter this year. What's he thinking?

    Commenter
    Glide By
    Location
    sth melbourne
    Date and time
    April 30, 2012, 9:22AM
    • Hey Clarko. seen Richmond's draw so far? Carlton, Geelong, Collingwood and Westcoast in first 5 rounds. Instead of sooking about ya draw, how about putting a rocket up Cyril Rioli and demanding he stands up for a whole game, not when it suits him. I'm not sure who's more overrated, Cyril or Campbell Brown

      Commenter
      Manny
      Location
      willowgrove sth
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 10:03AM
      • That's why the draw needs to be a little bit more even! 36 rounds starting ealry Feb, no pre season, each team plays each other twice.....BTW have you seen the awful draw Collinwood gets? THREE interstate games this year...awful I tell ya!

        Commenter
        shemp
        Location
        melb
        Date and time
        April 30, 2012, 1:54PM
    • Stop the presses. Clarkson whinges after another loss. As premiership favourites at the start of the season, they should be able to beat any team, anywhere. Particularly Sydney at their "home" ground in Tassie. Cop it on the chin Clarko...

      Commenter
      Nick
      Location
      Perth
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 10:22AM
      • Exactly right Nick. The constant complainant Clarkson whinges about the first 5 rounds...yet in the same breath states St Kilda, Melbourne, Fremantle, Richmond, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide and Brisbane Lions are all winnable games leading up to their bye. That's not too bad a draw then really...is it??? Every team has challenging draws at some stage...just get on with your job. I'm sick of hearing your name in the press...as I'm sure others are too!

        Commenter
        Coops
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        April 30, 2012, 2:49PM
      • I don't blame Clarkson for whingeing. I'd whinge too if I had to wear brown and yellow for a living...poos and wees.

        Seriously though - Mitchell and Franklin, your efforts on the weekend were terrible. You cost me terribly in Dream Team. Redeem yourselves. And Birchall, get out on the park.

        Commenter
        Julius Seizure
        Date and time
        May 01, 2012, 3:31AM
    • Gee Clarko, can you ever lose a game without making an excuse for it. You always did like to pot someone didn't you. If your side was any good, the draw would be irrelevant mate.

      Commenter
      azzaman
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 10:22AM

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