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Shiels: Three-peat feeling 'pretty special'

It's the best week of your life Liam Shiels speaks to HawksTV after winning his third premiership for Hawthorn.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 3: Liam Shiels of the Hawks in action during the 2015 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on October 3, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Midfielder Liam Shiels says it's a pretty special feeling being a part of the Hawks' three-peat.

MIDFIELDER Liam Shiels says what the Hawks have been able to achieve over the past three seasons has been "pretty special”.

The Hawks secured their third consecutive premiership with a 46-point win against West Coast Eagles at the MCG on Saturday.

Shiels, one of 17 players to feature in the back-to-back-to-back wins, described it as a ‘dream come true’.

“It’s unbelievable,” Shiels said in the rooms post-game.

“As a playing group, to leave this legacy with the club, three in a row, it’s a pretty special thing. I know it means a lot to everyone involved.”

The Hawks became just the fifth group in the history of the VFL-AFL to achieve the three-peat.

Shiels produced a trademark no-nonsense performance on the last day of the season, collecting 17 disposals and laying six tackles.

It capped a season in which he enhanced his reputation as a really important component of Hawthorn’s side.

The Hawks held off an Eagles’ burst early, making the most of their first quarter opportunities to open up a strong lead at quarter time.

The 24-year-old said that had been an important aspect of the game.

“It was a pretty fierce contest early,” Shiels said.

“We were lucky that they missed a few of their opportunities, and we were able to capitalise on ours.

“It’s something that we haven’t been great at this year, our starts, so it was a big focus just to match them early and go from there.”

Touted as a future leader, Shiels said he believes both he and the group can continue to get better.

“I’ve got a lot to learn. The lucky position that I’m in is that I’m learning from the best leaders in the game – Hodge, Mitchell, Lewis, Roughead, Gibson, they’re all fantastic leaders in their own way,” he said.

“The other positive thing is we’ve got a number of boys my age, emerging leaders coming through, we’re all helping each other out. It’s been great this year.”

As far as pushing for a fourth premiership in a row goes, Shiels says the Hawks can “definitely” be in contention again this time next season.

“The amount of depth that we’ve got in our list, there’s a number of boys pushing for spots…. I think the depth is what keeps the boys in the team motivated to keep going.”



 

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