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Boris key to Hawk’s form

Geelong forward Tom Hawkins celebrates a goal with teammate Gary Rohan during Geelong’s 59-point win over St Kilda. (AFL Photos/Getty Images Image/Albert Perez)

GEELONG key forward Tom Hawkins says the work being done behind the scenes by one of the club’s greatest-ever half-backs has contributed to his impressive form.

The veteran spearhead has kicked 13 goals in the past four matches since being held goalless in the loss to Collingwood, including five majors in the Cats’ 59-point hiding of St Kilda at the Gabba on Monday night.

It has Hawkins sitting in a share of the lead in the Coleman Medal race with 24 majors alongside West Coast star Josh Kennedy.

“The way our team players certainly helps me is a key,” he said. “I’ve got used to playing with a lot of players who play in the midfield and half-forward.

“I just continue to try and do my work on the opposition, along with (forward line assistant coach) Corey Enright, who’s been a great asset for me over the last few years.

“He does a lot of scouting and makes my job really easy, so I go into the game with the information that I need and then just try and back myself to play well and put myself in good positions.”

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However, the 32-year-old has played down suggestions he’s in career-best form.

“I feel really good, and I’ve put a lot of work in, so I feel like the footy I’ve played the last few years has been as consistent as what I’ve put out,” Hawkins said.

“I went through periods in my mid-to-late-20s where I would have a good season and drop off a little bit the following year.

“So, personally, I’ve always strived to be a consistent player – play at a high level where I can, but consistency is the key.

“That’s hard to do as a key forward, and I feel like I’ve been relatively consistent the last couple of years.

“I’ll let people outside comment on that, but I’m really pleased with the shape I’m in, the way I’m playing, the way I’m moving, (and) the way I’m feeling.”

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With a clash against ladder-leader Port Adelaide only three days away, Hawkins and the Cats aren’t spending too much time dwelling on his effort against the Saints.

“Being in a hub environment, you’re around teammates and coaches a lot, so you naturally talk about what’s coming next,” he said.

“There are already discussions that have been had internally by our coaching staff and some senior players.

“We’ll recover first today (Tuesday) and parts of tomorrow.

“But, I would say, for the most part, most players minds have shifted away from the game last night and moved onto Port Adelaide.

“(It’s) another huge test for us. We felt like last night was a really big test for us as a group (against) a young side that moves the ball really quickly.

“I thought we played really well, but, again, the challenge is in front of us to be consistent against the best team and most consistent team in the competition at the moment.

“I can’t wait for that challenge.”

Twitter: @tom_king79