Hawthorn are in the history books after thrashing West Coast Eagles by 46-points at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to win their third consecutive premiership.
The Eagles kicked the first goal through a Luke Shuey free-kick but were left stunned as Hawthorn went on to kick the next nine goals on their way to a 16.11 (107) to 8.13 (61) win, and their third flag in a row.
Hawthorn led the first break by 19 points and stretched that to 44 midway through the second term, thanks to field kicking accuracy. Not until the 16th minute of the second quarter were West Coast able to kick a second goal. A superb set shot from Elliot Yeo after the siren brought the margin down to 31 points at half time.
Any momentum West Coast had going into the third quarter was well and truly buried when Ryan Schoenmakers snapped an impressive goal. The Hawks led by 50-points by three-quarter time. Jack Gunston kicked four goals, Isaac Smith had three and Cyril Rioli also bagged a couple to make Hawthorn only the sixth team in AFL history to complete a “three-peat”. Hawthorn were duly announced the Premiers of the 2015 AFL season, marking a notable triple for coach Alastair Clarkson.
Shaun Burgoyne becomes the only current AFL footballer to hold four Premierships, following his hat-trick with Hawthorn and the 2004 Grand Final win playing for Port Adelaide.
Rioli’s two goals, on top of inexorable forward pressure and superb skill saw him win the 2015 Norm Smith Medal for best on ground in the Grand Final.
Four grand finals and three premierships mark this star-studded team, and Clarkson’s era, as among the AFL’s greatest. – Anthony Johnston
Hawthorn 5.0 9.3 14.5 16.11 (107)
West Coast 1.5 3.8 5.9 8.13 (61)
Hawthorn: Gunston 4, Smith 3, Rioli 2, Hodge, Roughead, Birchall, Schoenmakers, Hill, McEvoy, Suckling
West Coast: McGovern 2, Darling, Hill, Hutchings, LeCras, Shuey, Yeo
Norm Smith Medal: Cyril Rioli
Official crowd: 98,633
Top image of Ryan Schoenmakers celebrating with his team mates is from the AFL’s official Facebook page.