Devonport – Tasmania
A standout running defender who can play on a variety of opponents, Grant Birchall has been a prime mover in one of the most successful periods in Hawthorn’s history. Selection 14 in the 2005 NAB AFL Draft, the Tasmanian was a NAB Rising Star nominee in his debut season.
Quickly finding his niche across half back and providing great rebound and ball use, Birchall became a Premiership player at just 20 years of age in the 2008 triumph.
Reaching 100 games in 2010, he helped the Hawks reach the a Preliminary Final in 2011, before recording a career best season in 2012. Named at half back in the All-Australian team and finishing third in the club Best and Fairest for the second straight year, Birchall’s skill propelled the Hawks to the minor Premiership and a Grand Final berth.
Two best afield performance early in 2013 kick stated Birchall and the Hawks season’s. A superb finals series was capped with a second a Premiership Medal, with Birchall one of the Hawks best in their win over Fremantle.
He continued on his good form in 2014 playing in another premiership. It wasn’t to end there as Birchall become a member of the triple premiership club at Hawthorn as a member of the 2015 Grand Final win.
At 25 and with a long term contract under his belt, Birchall will continue to be a important presence in the brown-and-gold. This extends off field, with Birchall the face of the club’s presence in his home state.