Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy says a tough internal review has been paramount to the club’s turn in fortunes 12 months on from their horror 0-4 start to 2017.
The Hawks have begun the 2018 season strongly, with last weekend’s loss to reigning premiers Richmond the only blip on the radar after strong victories against Collingwood and Geelong in the opening fortnight.
Their positive start has come as a surprise to many in the AFL world, with many experts tipping the Hawks to continue their struggles in 2018 as their list transition continues.
However McEvoy says they always had the belief that quick bounce back to finals contention was possible in 2018 after dissecting their poor start to last season.
“You’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt with a little bit,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“Last year we were certainly expecting to be more competitive than we were in the early parts of the year, but I think it was a blessing in disguise that we got hit between the eyes a little bit. We had a lot of injuries too, which made it tough.
“We had to have a good hard look at ourselves. We were able to reset and have a really strong second half of the year and at the same time get some experience which would hold us in good stead.
“From this time last year when we were 0-4, things have turned around pretty quickly, but we certainly always believed we could do that.”
The Hawks will aim to win their third game of the season and remain inside the top eight this week as they take on Melbourne in a big clash at the MCG this Sunday.