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AFL: Hawthorn veteran Luke Hodge has copped a beating from the Geelong Cats during their clash on Easter Monday
THE Hawthorn era is officially over after four straight losses to start 2017, the last two consecutive 86 point thrashings.
There’s not much to be hopeful for if you’re a Hawks fan, but AFL legend Paul Roos sees a silver lining in all the chaos.
Roos believes Hawthorn now have the perfect opportunity to begin a rebuild and plan for the future.
“It is an end of an era now, we know that. That’s just the reality of where they are,” Roos told Fox Footy.
“I think for Alastair Clarkson it’s an opportunity to work out what your game style is going to look like, reposition some players, reshape your midfield — it’s a tremendous opportunity.”
Roos admits Hawthorn are not up to the class of the best sides in the AFL and they should waste no time in beginning their evolution as a football side.
“It doesn’t last forever and they’ve been an incredibly good team,” Roos said.
But now they’ve got about a quarter to a half of good footy in them and that’s been the consistent theme.”
The Hawks were decimated by a rampant Geelong side who kicked eleven second-half goals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Easter Monday.
Chris Scott’s team leapt into top spot on the ladder with the percentage-boosting win, knocking Adelaide into second and Richmond into third. The Hawks are winless after four rounds and anchored to the bottom of the ladder with a percentage of just 56.
The Cats have defied expectations and continued to remain a force in the AFL, despite going through their own rebuilding phase. They were a top-four side in 2016 and this season they sit on top of the table after four rounds.
Geelong premiership winner Cameron Mooney says Hawthorn should follow the Cats example to ensure they see similar results.
“I remember Geelong at the end of 2012 everyone said that was an end of an era,” Mooney said.
“So what they did they started shipping a lot of the old guys out and they started players guys like Motlop, Duncan, Guthrie, and all of these guys and started to give them some really good game time while they were still holding on to a few legends.
“Those guys were like Bartel and Kelly — they weren’t playing in the midfield. They were giving really good midfield time to Duncan and Guthrie and they’ve regenerated their list and regenerated their group over the last few years.
“It’s a great chance for Hawthorn to regenerate while they’ve still got some great players around to help these young players through. At some stage these great players are going to have to go.”
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