Coming back from their first September off in eight years, Hawthorn were one of many clubs that were hard to read in 2018, with pundits not game to tip consecutive bottom-ten finishes with master coach Alastair Clarkson at the helm. As such, the four-time premiership-winning Clarkson had his team sitting in fourth position after Round 7, but things quickly turned south when, after a three-game losing streak, Hawthorn found themselves outside of the top eight. With a favourable draw, the Hawks cruised to the end of the season, winning ten of their last 12 matches to not only return to finals action but also secure the double chance along the way. In a monster qualifying final clash, the Hawks were outclassed by Richmond before bowing out in straight sets to an in-form and confident Melbourne outfit a week later. Superstar midfielder Tom Mitchell capped off a brilliant season by not only taking out the Peter Crimmins medal from Blake Hardwick and Isaac Smith but also winning the … [Read more...] about Hawthorn 2019 season preview, best 22 and predicted finish
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size The three most successful teams of the last fifteen years, Hawthorn, Geelong, and Sydney, are finished – at least in the short term. In fact, all three will miss the finals in 2019. Hawthorn’s season is over before it even began. The Hawks have no replacement for Tom Mitchell, Tom Scully may or may not play this season, Chad Wingard hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in the last few seasons, James Sicily seems overrated – and last but not least, Shaun Burgoyne will be gone soon. Many think that Alastair Clarkson will somehow weave some magic and restore Hawthorn’s fortune. Those people are forgetting that Clarkson had perhaps the most talented playing group in football history. Even a master craftsman can only work with the material at their disposal. Sydney’s midfield is decrepit, with no A-grade candidates in sight. The Swans’ performance in their Elimination … [Read more...] about Is Hawthorn, Geelong and Sydney’s era of dominance finally over?
Opinion Alex Tettey leads Norwich City out at The Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion - with even bigger fixtures set to follow. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images ©Focus Images Limited www.focus-images.co.uk +447814 482222 When a draw feels like a win – Norwich City correspondent Michael Bailey delivers his six things learned as West Bromwich Albion push their Championship buttons hard. 1 – The size of the task is clear again Those opening 20 minutes at The Hawthorns should prove useful for Norwich City fans over the coming Championship weeks.It is eight months since West Bromwich Albion lost their Premier League status but the legacy was so fresh, off the pitch – and especially on it. Power, pace, reliability on the ball, quality with it. Mason Holgate’s loan from Everton came with a pretty penny in wages – and he looks a class addition.More on Albion later but the theme extends to the other contenders – and Saturday felt … [Read more...] about Michael Bailey: Krul kicks, Baggies baggage and a win for Norwich City underdogs – Six things learned from The Hawthorns
Norwich legend Wes Hoolahan started for West Brom in the FA Cup at the weekend and is set for contract talks ahaead of the Baggies clash with City Picture: Joe Giddens/PA PA Wire/PA Images Norwich City legend Wes Hoolahan could yet be facing an unexpected reunion with the Canaries this weekend. The Irish playmaker joined West Brom on a short-term deal in September but his time with the Baggies looked to be drifting to an end ahead of his contract expiring in January.However, the 36-year-old has reemerged for Darren Moore’s team in recent weeks and put in a man-of-the-match performance during a 1-0 home win over Championship rivals Wigan in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. Hoolahan had made just one appearance as a substitute in Albion’s last 14 games of 2018, not even being named on the bench for three games in December. But after coming on during a 2-1 loss at Blackburn on New Year’s Day the former Republic of Ireland international impressed Baggies fans in the … [Read more...] about Canaries legend set for West Brom contract talks ahead of Hawthorns clash
By Merrill Shindler | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 7, 2019 at 11:28 am | UPDATED: January 7, 2019 at 8:58 pm We live in a land of pupuserias. Yet for most gringos, the soul-satisfying cooking of El Salvador might as well be the cooking of Tibet — this is not food that’s eased into the mainstream. And yet, it sure is good stuff. And we’re blessed with more than a few pupuserias, especially in Hawthorne, where you’ll find pupusa destinations like Costa del Sol, Arsense, Rio Verde, Los Chorros, Nuevo San Miguel, Los Cocos — and my favorite of the bunch, Pupuseria El Cerro Verde. Not as many as you’ll find along the Salvadoran Corridor in Mid-City LA. But enough, easily enough. And on a Saturday morning, El Cerro Verde is packed from the minute it opens at nine, jammed with big family groups, holding down tables piled high with things fried and things baked — and a crowd waiting at the rear door near the parking lot for a table. The wait … [Read more...] about Tasty Salvadoran pupusas are the name of the game at Pupuseria El Cerro Verde in Hawthorne