4 September 1984
2002 National AFL Draft Pick No. 9
2005 AFL Debut
2012 Traded from North Melbourne to Geelong
Originally from Lavington, Hamish is a massive ruckman measuring in at 203cm tall and is versatile enough to play key positions on the field. Hamish made his senior debut in round six of the 2005 season, but it wasn’t until 2006 when he managed 17 AFL games that he really made inroads in his senior development.
Season 2007 proved to be the ruckman’s breakthrough year with his ability to consistently get his side first use of the football, averaging 19 hitouts per game. He also averaged just over 15 possessions per game and arguably should have made the All-Australian side. Hamish was a model of consistency throughout the season and was rewarded with fourth place in the Best & Fairest.
After a strong start to the 2008 season, McIntosh was struck down by a serious knee injury in North Melbourne’s Round 12 clash against Fremantle and didn’t return until Round 21. He struggled in his comeback and wasn’t included in the Elimination Final team to play against Sydney.
In 2009, McIntosh had plenty of pressure on him to perform and he responded brilliantly, opening the season with 21 possessions and three goals against Melbourne and was consistently in the best. He finished third in the league for hit-outs and paired with Todd Goldstein to provide a lethal ruck combination towards the end of the year. McIntosh finished sixth in the Kangaroos Best and Fairest Award and many considered him unlucky not to be included in the All-Australian side after he was named in an initial squad.
In 2010, Hamish was described to be a “consistent performer”. Only missing 2 games due to a shoulder injury, McIntosh finished the season with 20 games. While he didn’t live up to the standards of his 2009 season, Hamish still provided plenty of trouble for opposition defenders when he went forward and capped the season with a top ten finish in the Syd Barker Medal.
Having spent three quarters of the 2011 on the sideline due to an achilles injury Hamish returned back to the field to play his 100th AFL game during round 24.
After a blistering start to the season, unfortunately Hamish dislocated his knee in the Kangaroos’ round 7 loss to the Western Bulldogs. After extensive re-habilitation, Hamish was offered another opportunity at Geelong via a trade from North Melbourne. One of the leagues best big men, there is no doubt Hamish can have impact at Geelong in 2013 with a full pre-season under his belt.