A mature age draftee hailing from Norwood in the SANFL, the strong defender joined Hawthorn as pick 66 in the 2010 NAB AFL Draft. After beginning as a small back, Puopolo has developed into a defensive-style forward and become a fixture in the Hawks side. He kicked 24 goals in 2012 and was part of the club’s Grand Final side. Paul had a fantastic year in 2013 and was a key contributor in the Hawks Premiership Team. Season 2014 saw Puopolo have a career best year, playing every game including the Grand Final and finishing ninth in the club’s Best and Fairest. In 2015 he was another member of the Hawthorn list to play in his third premiership in a row.