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Hawthorn smash West Coast to win the 2015 AFL Grand Final

A proven premiership star, Luke Hodge makes his way into the backline. (Photo by Justine Walker/AFL Media)
3rd October, 2015
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The Hawthorn Hawks have taken the West Coast Eagles to the cleaners in the 2015 AFL Grand Final, winning their third consecutive premiership and their thirteenth of all time.

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A dominant first half set up an easy win for the Hawks as they entered the second half with a 31-point lead after kicking nine of the first ten goals of the match.

Luke Shuey of West Coast was the first goal scorer for the game but undid his good work minutes later when he chose to take a risky shot on goal rather than hand the ball off.

The Hawks went on to bag five unanswered goals in the first term with Cyril Rioli the hero, he kicked two of them and set up another for Brad Hill to take advantage of.

The Hawks then dominated the early part of the second term as well, laying on another four goals including two in a row to Jack Gunston.

The Eagles had their chances with Jack Darling and Shannon Hurn both missing gettable set shots in that time, but just couldn’t convert.

The Eagles kicked the last two goals of the second quarter through Josh Hill and Elliot Yeo to give themselves a little hope at half time, and then a goal from Jack Darling early after half time made it feel like a comeback might be on the cards.

Hawthorn however were simply irresistible. A few poor decisions from the Eagles in forward 50 halted their momentum and the Hawks pounced, kicking five goals to one in what remained of the third quarter, including another two to Jack Gunston.

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The Hawks lead by 50 points going into the final term with the result essentially guaranteed, before early goals from Jarryd Roughead and Isaac Smith sealed the result.

In the end, Hawthorn ran out the 2015 premiership winners by 46 points.