Hawthorn defeated West Coast 95-70 at the MCG on Friday night to secure the AFL minor premiership.
In front of just over 50,000 people, the Hawks completed the daunting challenge of defeating Sydney and West Coast in the final two rounds of the AFL home and away season to wrap up their first no.1 finish in 23 years.
It was a seven goal to one first quarter that proved to be the difference maker as Lance Franklin kicked three of his four goals in the quarter, helping his team to a 34-point quarter time lead.
The Eagles found enough momentum to launch a spirited comeback in the fourth, but they ultimately fell short as the Hawks closed out the game with a couple of goals.
David Hale and Jarryd Roughead were excellent against the league’s no.1 ruck duo in Cox and Naitanui. Roughead had 18 disposals and seven marks while Hale took a big mark in the goal square to kick the sealer late in the fourth.
Jack Gunston kicked three for the Hawks before being subbed off with an injury complaint while Grant Birchall, Sam Mitchell and Brad Sewell each collected a lot of the footy.
The loss for West Coast means they will finish the bottom half of the top eight and play either Fremantle or North Melbourne in an elimination final.
Scott Selwood had a game-high 35 touches for West Coast while Jack Darling kicked three goals up forward.
Both sides will begin their finals campaigns with some injury concerns; Brent Guerra did a hamstring and Josh Kennedy hurt an ankle.