Late showers could do little to dampen Hawthorn Spartans’ spirit yesterday as they claimed back-to-back Club XVIII (1) flags and their third in four years when they defeated St Francis Xavier by 62 points at Sportscover Arena.
An impressive achievement to play in six consecutive grand finals and win three premierships.
Led by Landrigan/King Medallist, Jason Yap, the Spartans gained the ascendancy early with seven of the first nine goals and refused to allow the St Francis Xavier a look in.
Leading by 41 points at the last break, the Spartans continued to apply pressure with four goals to one in the final term.
The Spartans won every quarter, had nine individual goal kickers, met 90 per cent of their KPI’s and had an outstanding defence allowing only four goals to the opposition.
Luke Edwards was an unstoppable forward of centre as he sent home four majors, while Nick Gieschen and Sam Armstrong joined Yap with their own dominant performances.
Ex-AFL stars Ang Christou and Ang Lekkas showed their experience throughout the game in a great overall team effort by the Spartans.
Quarter by Quarter Scores:
1. Spartans 4.2.26 to 2.315
2. Spartans 7.5.47 to 2.3.15
3. Spartans 9.8.62 to 3.3.21
4. Spartans 13.12.90 to 4.4.28
Goal Kickers: L. Edwards 4, C. Pana 2, A. Christou, N. Criticos, T. Demetriou, A. Lekkas, A. Mitropoulos, D. Raponi, M. Dabab
Best Players: J. Yap, N. Gieschen, S. Armstrong, L. Edwards, T. Barber, N. Criticos