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Fans' verdict: Boom and bust for Hawk recruits

Lose a star to get in the draft, Hawks We dissect the high and lows of Hawthorn's 2017 in The Wash-Up

AFTER tasting life without finals for the first season in eight years, Hawthorn fans have voted boom recruit Tom Mitchell their team's shining light.

Mitchell captured 75 per cent of the vote as the club's player of the year as fans gave their end-of-season verdict on the Hawks in an AFL.com.au survey.

Ben McEvoy (10 per cent) and gun first-year defender Ryan Burton (seven per cent) rounded out the top three.

But while Mitchell's arrival was a roaring success, it's been a year from hell for fellow recruit Ty Vickery.

The former Tiger struggled to break into the senior line-up and dealt with off-field issues, being arrested in a mid-year police probe before being released without charge.

Forty per cent of fans voted Vickery Hawthorn's most disappointing player.

Here are the full survey results, plus a selection of Hawk fans' moments to remember and forget.

 
 
 

What was the moment you'll remember?

Luke Hodge and Bob Murphy embracing at the start of their final game. Showed what sportsmanship is about.
- John McGeary, Brookfield Vic

Beating Adelaide in a tight contest at Adelaide Oval, capped by Burton's two goals. Huge win, invaluable for player development.
- Michael J Campbell, Dubai UAE

Burgoyne and Roughead securing the first win against Sydney and getting our season somewhat back on track.
- Todd Pickering, Hawthorn Vic

Roughead leading the team onto the field in round one.
- Andrew Clarke, Oakleigh Vic

What was the moment you'd rather forget?

The first half against Port Adelaide. Kicking 0.3 is unforgivable. Absolutely terrible.
- Joe Martin, Fairfield Vic

Losing to Gold Coast twice. Just stupid.
- Paul Jeffery, Fremantle WA

Isaac Smith's miss on the siren against Geelong.
- Sandon Perkins, Herston Qld

Patrick Dangerfield.
- James Barr, Croydon Hills Vic

Hawk fans' season rating

5.7/10

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Season review: Hawthorn

More season reviews at the Wash-Up

The 2017 AFL.com.au Fan Awards, as voted by you

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