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100 up: Hawks reach percentage milestone

Hawthorn reached an unusual milestone late in Friday's win against the Swans - ${keywords}
Hawthorn reached an unusual milestone late in Friday's win against the Swans
JED ANDERSON'S fourth-quarter goal against the Sydney Swans on Friday night not only put the icing on a brilliant qualifying final win for Hawthorn, it also ensured the club reached an unusual milestone.

With the young midfielder's goal, the Hawks, for the first time in their 88-year VFL/AFL history, reached an all-time percentage of 100.

That is, for the first time ever, their all-time 'points for' tally was greater than their all-time 'points against' tally.

By game's end, Hawthorn had scored a total of 167,003 points since its introduction to the VFL in 1925, compared to 166,990 against – a percentage of 100.01.


The curious statistic comes about because the Hawks – or Mayblooms as they were known then – were so poor in their early years.

They conceded the first score in their very first VFL game – against Richmond at Glenferrie Oval – and have been behind on the ledger ever since.

In their first 28 years in the VFL, the Mayblooms collected 10 wooden spoons, and if they weren't last, they were invariably second-last.

It meant that by the start of 1957, the year Hawthorn first made the finals, it had conceded over 13,600 more points than it had scored (39,727 points for, and 53,347 points against).

Over the next five-and-a-half decades, that difference has been steadily clawed back, with the Hawks winning 10 premierships along the way.

At the start of this season the difference between 'for' and 'against' had been cut to 705 points, which has been whittled away to zero over the course of a 20-3 season to date. 

It is another milestone in a season of achievements for Alastair Clarkson's men.

They also compiled an equal-club record 12-game winning streak between rounds two and 14, and their 19-3 home and away season win-loss matched the efforts of the 1971, 1988 and 1989 Hawthorn teams.

In all three of those years, the Hawks went on to win the premiership.

VFL/AFL ALL-TIME LADDER
Current-day teams only. Ranked by percentage
CLUB GAMES W D L %
Collingwood 2419 1474 26 919 113.13
Carlton 2380 1397 33 950 110.58
Essendon 2344 1329 34 981 108.87
Geelong 2310 1242 21 1047 106.68
West Coast 635 348 5 282 105.68
Adelaide 533 279 1 253 105.26
Brisbane Lions 395 202 6 187 105.09
Hawthorn 1853 889 10 954 100.01
Richmond 2138 1073 22 1043 99.93
Port Adelaide 392 196 5 191 98.01
Sydney Swans 2306 1076 24 1206 97.4
Melbourne 2286 1036 21 1229 95.23
Western Bulldogs 1823 811 22 990 94.43
North Melbourne 1847 813 17 1017 93.87
Fremantle 427 185 1 241 92.57
St Kilda 2262 882 25 1355 88.93
Gold Coast 66 14 0 52 67.98
Greater Western Sydney 44 3 0 41 48.67