Tom Hawkins (born July 27 1988 in Finley, New South Wales), the son of former Geelong Cats player Jack Hawkins, is a budding key position prospect eligible to the Geelong Cats under the father/son draft rule.
With an impressive 198cm and 97kg frame, Hawkins boasts an extraordinary leap, which many concede he inherited from his footballing father. Also a talented high jumper and cricketer, Hawkins has decided to concentrate on football, and follow his father's footsteps to the highest level of competition.
After tasting Private School football in 2004, Hawkins burst on to the scene in 2005, holding down the all important position of centre-half forward for Melbourne Grammar, with the occasional pinch hits in the ruck. With his impressive frame, Hawkins dominated as a power forward, often forcing opposing teams to double and triple team him in contests. Here, he managed to boot 22 goals from the seasonal 9 games, a healthy return of just over 2 goals a game. Hawkins' reputation as the dominant big man of the competition was recognised late in the season, when he was selected in the Associated Public School (APS) team to play the Associated Grammar School (AGS) selected football team - an all-star clash of sorts between selected players from opposing school associations. Rucking for most of the game, Hawkins helped the APS side establish a 68-point win, booting one goal on the way to being named best-on-ground for his performance.
Tom ended his '05 campaign with 3 games for his regional Sandringham Dragons side, again averaging just over 2 goals a game, including a 5 goal outing against the Bendigo Pioneers, in the toughest junior league in Australia, the TAC Cup Competition.
Having captured the attention of junior scouts and talent recruiters, Hawkins was one of 30 recipients awarded a AIS/AFL Academy Scholarship as part of the 9th intake. The scholarship, awarded to outstanding young athletes entering the last year of their junior football development, saw Hawkins participate in several training camps before completing his summer training with a week down at the Geelong Football Club.
Tom has nominated that he would like to be drafted by the Geelong Cats via the father/son rule in the 2006 National AFL Draft. He will be on the Geelong senior list next year and with his impressive frame, it won't be long until he debuts in the AFL