Carey-Bunton Medal is for the best NSW player in the AFL, awarded each year.
The name Hawkins is synonymous with both the Finley and Geelong Football Clubs.
While Tom has been at the Cats since 2007 his father and uncles spent time down at Kardinia Park back in the 1970s and early 80s when his father “Jumping” Jack Hawkins carved out cult status as a high-flying, devil-may-care defender with his spectacular leaps.
Jack played 182 games for Geelong from 1973-81 until a knee injury curtailed his career; while his brothers, Mike (2 games in 1973) and Robb (3 games in 1984) only eked out a few games they had stellar careers for the Finley Cats in the Murray Football League.
Jack and Mike recently attended the reunion of the 1971 Finley premiership team that beat their arch-rival Deniliquin. It was the only premiership team that Jack played in as on his return from Geelong he played only one game before he again succumbed to the knee injury and retired.
Tom had another superb game for Geelong in round 16 of this AFL season and scored seven votes in the Cats’ 112-point win over North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium to move into equal fourth place with Swans star forward Isaac Heeney, on 22 votes, but trailing well behind long-time leader Callum Mills (Sydney Swans) on 48 votes.
He also booted six goals to establish a clear lead in the Mohr medal for the NSW leading goalkicker in the AFL this season. There is now a twelve-goal gap between him and Port Adelaide’s Todd Marshall, who was recruited from Finley’s strongest rival, Deniliquin.
Tom has now kicked 707 goals in 317 games. He won his first Coleman medal in 2020. Additionally, he played in the 2009 and 2011 premierships and has been All-Australian four times. Tom won the Carey Bunton medal for the best NSW player in the AFL in 2020.
CAREY BUNTON MEDAL
Votes Round 16
48 Callum Mills (Mosman Swans) – Sydney Swans
37 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide
33 Jarrad Witts (Sydney University) – Gold Coast
33 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin Rams) – Port Adelaide
22 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans
22 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (Rnd 16 – 7 votes v NM)
17 Lachie Schultz (Moama) – Fremantle
15 Matt Kennedy (Collingullie) – Carlton 27
11 Isaac Smith (Cootamundra) – Geelong
11 Isaac Cumming (Norths – Broken Hill) – GWS Giants
10 Elliott Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – Adelaide
9 Harry Himmelberg (Mangoplah CUE) – GWS Giants
8 Nick Blakey (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
6 Errol Gulden (UNSW-Eastern Suburbs) – Sydney Swans
6 James Peatling (Pennant Hills) – GWS Giants
5 Jeremy Finlayson (Culcairn) – Port Adelaide)
5 Harry Perryman (Collingullie) – GWS Giants
3 Dougal Howard (Wagga Tigers) – St Kilda
2 Charlie Spargo (Albury Tigers) – Melbourne
1 Matt Flynn (Narrandera) – GWS Giants
MOHR MEDAL (for highest goalkicker of NSW player in the AFL)
Goals Round 16
42 Tom Hawkins (Finley) – Geelong (Rnd 16 – 6 goals)
32 Todd Marshall (Deniliquin) – Port Adelaide (Rnd 16 – 1 goal)
30 Isaac Heeney (Cardiff) – Sydney Swans (Rnd 16 – 2 goals)
30 Taylor Walker (Norths – Broken Hill) – Adelaide (Rnd 16 – 2 goals)
26 Luke Breust (Temora) – Hawthorn (Rnd 16 – 1 goal)