The Hawthorn Spartans were forced to make 12 changes last week as injuries and players unavailable for selection made choosing a strong side from a shortened playing list difficult, however the coaching staff took this opportunity to uncover the real depth of this year’s team.

Despite fielding a depleted side, the Spartans produced a great game culminating in 35 scoring opportunities, with a number of players stepping up to and raising the bar as the Hawthorn boys dominated the second half of the game to run out comfortable winners by 57 points.

Final Score: HAFC: 20.15.135 Def. Kew: 12.6.78
Goal kickers: J. Bartzis (6), M. Wawrzynczak (3), G. Dellaportas (3), P. Doubakis (2), A. Mitropoulos (2), C. Terzoglou (1), D. Bubunaras (1), N. Criticos (1), G. Georgiou (1) Best Players C. Terzoglou, D. Bubunaras, J. Bartzis, G. Dellaportas, M. Wawrzynczak, N. Criticos
The Collingwood Football Club and Foundation last Tuesday invited the Hawthorn Spartans at the Westpac Centre for a two hour training session for 50 enthusiastic players which included a tour of the training facilities, bike program and skills session on the gym’s sprung floor. The player group also went through a recovery session which included ice baths, pool exercises and spa with the session finishing in the facility’s theatre where the Spartans’ watched edits of their last game.

Next Saturday 16 June the Hawthorn Spartans play the Richmond Central Snakes at Visy Park (Carlton Football Ground) starting at 9:00 am, followed by the Spartans attending the Beyond Blue mental health awareness luncheon.