SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Hawks players show their dejection as they leave the field during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at Spotless Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall says the Hawks cannot win a historic fourth consecutive flag.

The Hawks are currently 4-2 after the opening six rounds and suffered a thumping 75-point loss to GWS at Startrack Oval on the weekend, prompting Dunstall to declare the Hawks’ premiership dominance over.

“I think they’ll play finals this year but I can’t have them in my premiership considerations,” Dunstall said on Fox Footy’s On The Couch on Monday night.

“They’re getting soundly outplayed. Last year they started the year 3-3 at a percentage just under 140.

“They’re 4-2 with a percentage of 91.

“There are a lot of issues underneath that … and Alistair Clarkson’s been very open in saying the last few weeks that they’ve been lucky to win.

“He knows there’s problems, they are battling.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30:  Hawks players show their dejection as they leave the field during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at Spotless Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 30: Hawks players show their dejection as they leave the field during the round six AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at Spotless Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Dunstall also criticised Hawthorn’s reliance on former skipper Sam Mitchell.

“They’re not even getting close to winning their share of contested possession,” he said.

“The midfield is under all sorts of pressure, Sam Mitchell is battling one-out there at the moment and you can’t expect one bloke to carry a midfield, there’s got to be six or seven of them running through there.”

Hawthorn take on Richmond at the MCG on Friday night.

92 COMMENTS

  1. Not a hawks fan but pretty sure that was said after losing to West Coast in first week of finals. Probably even before that. Lost to Port twice last year also.

  2. Not looking like the same team from previous years. Still a very good and dangerous side which could prove people wrong. If say it’s unlikely though

  3. They got smashed by Adelaide in 1991 and still won the flag , Geelong also lost to Collingwood in 2008 by 86 points and almost won a flag , Hawks also lost to Richmond by 41 points in 2013 and still won a flag , so it’s still a chance and it’s any ones game at the moment

  4. Really why the expectations for 4 in a row Hawks have already done it all nothing else to prove
    Champion side regardless
    Hawks alway!!!!

  5. Has a good point sam is only guy doing anything in the middle cant reley on one thats the problem cats had with only joel being a lone solider look where it got us nowhere

  6. Dunstall isn’t stupid, he knows what to say to get a reaction from the players, probably a bit pissed that he’s need to make comments this early in the season but the club legend will have hit a nerve and there will be a response

  7. There’s about 6 teams that could win it! Geelong, Adelaide, north, Hawks and GWS after the weekend. Even west coast of they manage a home final……. Maybe

  8. Considering they were 4-4 at the start of last year I can’t see why not. Good teams find a way to win and when it comes to grand finals the Hawks find a way.

  9. Perfect way to take the pressure off. They stay out of the media every year until the big dance.
    Meanwhile in the West they go on and on and on about how great the Eagles are.
    It’s terrible to live in WA if you go for anyone else. It really is sickening.

  10. People also said hawks had no chance of winning in 08. I also recall in the 90’s, experts saying ‘too old too slow ‘ 😂😂😂 haters gonna hate. “Too old too slow, too bloody good!”

  11. Not on the performance against GWS they showed all the other teams how you take Hawthorn down? I don’t even think they will be in the 8 when whips are cracking!

  12. Players getting on over 30 injuries hodge doesn’t look like having a good year. They played a lot off footy maybe a hint there % is not good saying it’s ok same as last year not last year will they win the flag no!

  13. the bookies still have them as favourites , that speaks volumes more than jason who talks them down every single year, with all the equalisation methods winning 2 in a row is not supposed to happen so the chances one would expect not but they are still the best team just not playing very well so far, premierships are not won in april

  14. in all fairness to hawthorn at the start of the year they’d lost..brian lake,(full back).. roughead..(full forward)..hale(top ruckman) lose your three better players,from any team,and your in trouble,not to mention,age (yes, their all a year older) and injuries now.. doesn’t help..’big’ mission to win a 4th flag this year…don’t forget the brisbane lions fell over at the last hurdle…melbourne F.C also missed out in 1958,on winning 4 in a row…’hard gig’?

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