HPNXmas – What happened to Jack Fitzpatrick in 2016?

The 12 days of HPNXmas is our way of giving back over the holiday period, and providing a place for some of our thoughts that didn’t get run for whatever reason during the year.

One of HPN’s favourite pieces of 2015 was the post evaluating the Jack Fitzpatrick trade to Hawthorn, in exchange for pick 94:


As Christmas is the season for giving, HPN thought that we’d provide a Jack Fitzpatrick update for the fellow FitzpatFREAKs out there.

Jacky Boy spent most of the year at Box Hill, where he played largely as a ruck/forward. Concussion curbed his contributions for much of the year, limiting Fitzy to just 8 games in the VFL.

Then Jonathon Ceglar wrecked his knee in round 22, giving Big Jack his chance in the spotlight. Which, ahem, he certainly took:

The Fitzer kept his spot in the team for the finals, in which Hawthorn were bounced in straight sets. Our man was the far from the worst for the Hawks, but that wasn’t enough to save him from the chopping block at the end of the season…


And so, all big and small fans of JackF shed a single tear for their fallen hero. Until, in late November, Jack McFitzson was told that there was another run in him yet.

Yes, Hawthorn re-drafted the Fitzmeister in the Rookie Draft, with pick 31 (about 30 picks too late in our humble opinions).

HPN believes that the list management decisions around FitzJack can be summarised…




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