TWICE THE CELEBRATION: The Hawks are jubilant after making it back-to-back premierships in yesterday’s grand final win over the Swans.
TWICE THE CELEBRATION: The Hawks are jubilant after making it back-to-back premierships in yesterday’s grand final win over the Swans. AAP

The Hawks go back to back

HAWTHORN has won successive premierships for the first time since 1989, annihilating the Sydney Swans by 63 points at the MCG yesterday.

Veteran midfielders Jordan Lewis and Sam Mitchell played a leading role in the Hawks' 12th premiership, as did captain Luke Hodge in his 250th game.

He won the second Norm Smith Medal as best afield, repeating his effort of 2008.

The Hawks exploded out of the blocks and never looked back as they schooled the men from Sydney in every facet of the game.

If the ball bounced, it bounced Hawthorn's way and continued to do so all day as the underdogs made it look easy.

All the noise before the match came from those wondering what former Hawk Lance "Buddy" Franklin would bring to the match, but a dismal Swans midfield made it hard for the superstar to shine.

He managed four goals, but they did not come easy as Franklin received poor ball for most of the match.

It looked almost all over by half-time with the Hawks taking a 42-point lead into the main break.

From there it just got worse for the Swans, who fumbled their way to an uncharacteristic performance on the biggest day of the year.

But much credit must be paid to the Hawks, who played an almost perfect game. Jarrod Roughead was outstanding in kicking five majors, delivering when it counted on the game's biggest stage.

Swans veteran Adam Goodes ended up with only two goals and speculation was rife after the game that it might be his last.

HAWTHORN 21.11 (137) beat SYDNEY 11.8 (74). Goals: Hawthorn - J Roughead 5, W Langford 3, L Breust 3, L Hodge 2, J Gunston 2, S Burgoyne 2, P Puopolo, B Hill, D Hale, M Suckling. Sydney - L Franklin 4, A Goodes 2, K Jack 2, J Kennedy, B McGlynn, K Tippett.



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