After earning All Australian honours for the second time last week, is Tom Hawkins set to light up the AFL finals yet again this September, starting against the Pies on Friday night?

Tom Hawkins knows September better than most. When the two-time premiership player walks out onto the MCG on Friday night, it will be his 21st final in the navy and white hoops. And he goes into this September in particularly strong form, too. Last week, Hawkins was named at full-forward in the All Australian side after kicking 52 goals, securing the mantle as Geelong’s leading goalkicker title for an eighth straight year. It’s an impressing CV that he continues to build on.

The more pressing question is, though, how will be perform this AFL finals series for the Cats? And can he lead the club to a fourth flag in 13 years?

Crunching the numbers

Hawkins has averaged 2.4 goals a game this season, and in welcoming news for punters backing him to kick two or more goals, he has done so on 17 of 23 occasions in 2019. And when you delve a little deeper into the stats, he’d likely have more goals if he wasn’t so unselfish. Hawkins’ 24 goal assists this season puts him second in the competition, behind only GWS gun Harry Himmelberg.

Ready to go bang?

Hawkins is a $6 chance with Palmerbet to kick the most goals this upcoming AFL finals series. The only player more fancied than him is Richmond’s Tom Lynch, who is currently at $4. Barring injury, both players (given their sides finished in the top four) will play at least two AFL finals matches, which gives them a good chance to fill their boots. Lynch’s teammate Jack Riewoldt is also at $6 while Brisbane live-wire Charlie Cameron is at $6.50.