The Joy of Six: after the gold rush (when great AFL teams go bad)

Hawthorn and Sydney are both facing the end of an era with their early-season struggles, but plenty of other great football sides have bottomed out

Those pondering the bleakness of Hawthorn’s current plight would do well to remember their other post-golden-era tumble, when the glory-filled Jeans era of the 1980s gave way to the lost years and near-merger of the mid-1990s. Pride comes not only before a fall, but also the recruitment of Simon Crawshay.

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