Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to watch my AFL team – the Hawks – sink the very determined Fremantle Dockers to win it’s 11th Grand Final.
As a big fan of Aussie Rules, I have to say we Hawks supporters have been quite spoilt over the years. There has not been a decade gone by since the 60’s (1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008, 2013), that Hawthorn haven’t won a grand final. An amazing statistic for any club desiring to recruit new supporters. Of 17 Grand Final appearances, they have won 11.
This year has been a good season for my team, setting all sorts of club records, including a 12-game winning streak from rounds 2 to 14 (level with the 1961 team), and a 19-3 home and away season win-loss tally (level with the 1971, 1988 and 1989 teams). Lessons were learned from last year’s disappointment, players’ bodies got managed to perfection, there was a better spread of goal kicking options and improved handling of tight situations towards the end of games (something that came into play during the preliminary final with our nemesis Geelong). In the wash-up it all went to according to plan, and a 15-point Grand Final win was it’s reward for an entire season of high-level performance.
The day was spend cavorting in the way a day of Footy should be: food, friends and family. The folks from BNI Berwick came round to watch the biggest game of the year resulting in the win that led to my celebratory cigar (resulting in the picture above). Several brave souls went on to perform Karaoke, which was reported to be ‘passable’.
Check out some of my Berwick BNI friends that enjoyed the day with me.