Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Clarko's Hawks Have Hit the 'Threepeat' Button

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Clarko's Hawks Have Hit the 'Threepeat' Button

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IT'S confession time.

My earliest footballing memory was watching 'my team' Hawthorn get overrun by Kevin Sheedy's Essendon in the 1984 VFL grand final.

The next earliest was cheering on the Bombers as they smashed the Hawks in the premiership-decider 12 months later.

Yes, I had flip-flopped -- I was only seven or eight after all -- and my best mate was a big fan of the red and black.

But it didn't end there. By the 1986 grand final, blood had proven to be thicker than water, and with my family having lived in Hawthorn itself during the 1960s, and my brother being a mad Hawk, I was back on the brown and gold, which has been flowing through my veins ever since.


With all due respect to Essendon, the club has given its supporters a couple of outstanding premierships (in 1993 and 2000), but they've also had to endure more than their fair share of hardships in recent times.

Hawthorn fans have been blessed -- probably to the point it has made those of rival clubs, such as Melbourne for instance, sick.

The Demons, who haven't won a flag since 1964, St Kilda (1966), the Western Bulldogs (1954) and Richmond (1980) have all been biding their time until their next success.

As well as its first ever in 1961, and three in the 1970s, Hawthorn won five premierships in nine seasons between 1983 and 1991, and on Saturday collected its third in a row and fourth in the past eight years.

But while they're telling Hawks fans to shove their now 13 premiership cups, rival supporters must also at least appreciate the level of greatness Alastair Clarkson's team has risen to, with the 'threepeat', putting them alongside Carlton (1906-08), Collingwood (1927-30), Melbourne (1939-41 and 1955-57) and Brisbane (2001-03).

Is it too early to talk about a 'fourpeat'? Sorry, just another bloody Hawks supporter getting ahead of himself.



To go back-to-back, Hawthorn overcame a dominant Sydney, which had taken arguably its best player, Lance Franklin, and endured a horrendous run of injuries throughout the season. …

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