Hawthorn overpower Swans to win back-to-back Australian titles

Melbourne side Hawthorn smashed the Sydney Swans by 63 points in the Australian Football League grand final to win their 12th premiership in Melbourne on Saturday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 27, 2014, 16:08 PM IST
Hawthorn overpower Swans to win back-to-back Australian titles

Melbourne: Melbourne side Hawthorn smashed the Sydney Swans by 63 points in the Australian Football League grand final to win their 12th premiership in Melbourne on Saturday.

The Hawks blew away the Swans 21.11 (137) to 11.8 (74) to win back-to-back AFL titles before almost 100,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Hawthorn beat Fremantle in last year`s grand final by 15 points.

The Hawks also became the first team since Brisbane in 2001-03 to win three consecutive flags.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge, playing in his 250th game, was named the Norm Smith Medal winner as the best player on the ground.

Swans star Lance Franklin, who switched from Hawthorn to Sydney this year, kicked four goals after being the focus of attention in the lead-up to the season decider.

Two-time Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes was prominent for the Swans and kicked two goals in what could be his retirement match.