Tom Hawkins is set to become the 24th player in AFL history to play his 350th game when the Cats take on the Hawks this Easter Monday at the MCG. 

Ahead of his huge milestone, lets looks back at Hawkins' Top 10 most memorable moments.

Starting at Number 10, did we get it right?

10 - Where It All Began: Round 2 and 3, 2007

Seven Goals, 17 Disposals, 11 Marks. Geelong defeated Carlton and Melbourne

It was the much anticipated debut from the boy from Finley, the son of the famous “Jumping Jack” Hawkins. Tom kicked three in his debut game and four the week after against the Demons, showing that whilst it didn’t all come at once, there was a strong footballing future to be had in this heavily anticipated recruit.


9 - Hawkins Hectare: Round 12, 2020

Six goals, 10 marks, three Brownlow votes, one running bounce. Geelong Defeated Port Adelaide by 60 points.

A Marquee game in his Coleman Medal winning year. Hawkins was in prime form and took full advantage of Geelong’s quick ball movement to win repeated one-on-one marking contests to help blow Port out of the game.

8 - Shining Light: Second Semi-Final, 2014

Five goals, Five contested marks, 18 Disposals. North Melbourne Defeated Geelong by six points.

It was the beginning of Geelong’s trying era for one more taste of success and the Cats were jumped by North in the semi final. Hawkins put in a massive effort to drag the Cats back into the game but ultimately went down by 6 points. His tenacity and never say die attitude was a highlight and credit to him on the night.


7 - The Road To Glory: Prelim Final, 2009

Two goals, two marks, two goal assists, three tackles inside 50. Geelong defeated Collingwood by 73 points.

Whilst this wasn’t Tom’s greatest goals tally or biggest game, it was certainly one where he stamped his authority as a big man on the ground. With Collingwood kicking the first 2 goals, Hawkins set up 2 of Geelong’s own with clever taps and passes to Paul Chapman, before a brilliant tackle on Collingwood Skipper Nick Maxwell in the second quarter allowed him to convert the goal and Geelong never looked back, going on to win the flag the next week.

6 - Wet and Wild: Round 5, 2012

Six goals, 11 disposals, six marks, three Brownlow votes. Geelong defeated Brisbane by 38 points.

In some of the worst conditions that could be played in, Tom proved he could do it any time, any day. A 6 goal performance in the soaking wet was another massive highlight, as he kicked goals off the ground, from set shots and from around the corner. Who says big men couldn’t play in the wet?

5 - Reaching New Heights: Round 7, 2023

Eight goals, 12 marks, two goal assists, three Brownlow votes. Geelong defeated Essendon by 28 points.

In what was a down year for the Cats, Hawkins proved his post-30 career was still shining. With a magnificent performance against the Bombers on a sunny afternoon at the ‘G. 8 Goals is Hawkins highest ever tally, and one that he will look to break again this season.

4 - Worth The Wait: Grand Final, 2022

Three goals, 14 disposals. Geelong defeated Sydney by 81 points.

After years of trying and failing to win that ultimate prize, Geelong made the Grand Final in 2022 and Hawkins wasn’t letting it slip away. With a nervous opening period of play from both teams, Hawkins kicked the first goal from the ruck stoppage in Geelong’s forward 50, and not long after kicked a second from a similar situation. The Cats never looked back and Hawkins had settled the nerves and minds of Cats players and fans alike to set up a memorable victory.

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3 - Spark To Light The Fire: Round 18, 2018

Seven goals, 19 disposals, eight marks, Three Brownlow votes. Geelong defeated Melbourne by two points.

A dominant forward display that is arguably underrated seeing as this game’s prime moment was Zach Tuohy’s goal after the siren to win it. Tom Hawkins was immense in this clash. 3 goals in the last quarter and 8 goals from the Cats saw them creep closer to the Demons who looked to have the game all but won. Unstoppable on the night and dragged the Cats back into a chance to win which they took.


2 - The Cat Is Still On The Back: Round 19, 2012

Six goals, six marks, three Brownlow votes. Geelong defeated Hawthorn by two points.

Hawkins Signature Moment. It was the peak of the Kennett Curse rivalry and Hawk was prolific in this game kicking 5 goals to late in the piece. After the Hawks had come back and threatened to steal the win away from Geelong, Joel Selwood set up Hawkins for a shot at goal after the siren. With his 6th goal of the night, Tommy delivered a telling blow after the siren to go down in the history books.

1 - Who Is This Man? Where Has He Come From: Grand Final, 2011

Three goals, 19 Disposals, seven contested marks. Geelong defeated Collingwood by 38 points.

The day the boy became a man. Shrugging off the weight of expectation, Hawkins rose to full fledged champion with a dominant display in the second half of the Grand Final to rip away the result from the Pies. 3 goals in the 3rd quarter was complimented by his almost sudden ability to dominate a 1 on 1 contest and seemingly be unstoppable to defend.