Star Geelong forward Tom Hawkins is shattered his family won’t be able to attend Friday night’s qualifying final in Adelaide for his 300th match as he hunts down the third premiership of his illustrious career.
He will be in home quarantine with wife Emma and daughters Arabella and Primrose from 6pm Tuesday until the Cats leave for Adelaide on Thursday to spend the finals series on the road.
Hawkins said he understood the reality of the situation, but it did not stop his initial disappointment at not being able to carry his two children out on to the ground for the milestone match.
“They’re not going to be able to come across and I’m going to be away for a bit which, to be honest, I was shattered about early,” Hawkins said
“I would’ve loved to have taken my two girls out and have [wife] Emma in the race and have my immediate family and my friends to the game to watch me play.
“I take solace in the fact that I’ve got my teammates there who are the other part of getting me to where I am today. That’s life, I’m only going to play 300 games once and I understand the situation, but it is a bit disappointing.”
The 33-year-old has played in 26 finals in his career, earning three All-Australians, a Coleman Medal and two flags since making his debut in 2007. He believes he can keep on playing for two or three more seasons as the Cats continue to chase the flag that has eluded them since 2011.
He has played in five qualifying finals since that premiership, when he came of age with a match-winning performance in the grand final against Collingwood. He becomes the sixth Cat to reach 300 games, joining Corey Enright, Joel Selwood, Ian Nankervis, Jimmy Bartel and John Newman.