Forget about great stories and prevailing public sentiment – Hawthorn don’t care | Jonathan Horn

As the Hawks’ relentless push for another flag continues – effectively sucking the romance out of this season’s competition – hope for an AFL fairytale is dwindling

Wrapping up his book, Footy Ltd, Garry Linnell reflected on the 1994 grand final, and the seismic shift the newfound dominance of the West Coast Eagles represented. “Excess was out,” he wrote. “If Geelong was a team of entrepreneurs still playing by the old rules, then the West Coast Eagles were the chartered accountants sent in to clean up and rescue the old, debt-laden companies of the 1980s.

“You eliminated the variables. You only took a chance when the odds were with you, when the likelihood of success outweighed the pitfalls of failure. West Coast played grim, methodical football. And won by 80 points.”

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