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Blast from the Past: A prelim to remember

Finals Rewind: Kennett Curse is lifted The Kennett Curse was broken when the Hawks downed the Cats to reach the 2013 Grand Final.

Presenting Blast from the Past!

Over the month of September, we will be taking you on a trip down memory lane as we look back at various moments in Hawthorn history that have occurred on the same date.


Today we rewind back to 2012…

Read: A true rollercoaster

Following its 2008 premiership win, Hawthorn's pursuit of a return to that final Saturday in September in the years following is an interesting tale.

There was the infamous 2009 premiership hangover.

In 2010, the Hawks returned to September for a week, bowing out at the hands of Fremantle in an elimination final.

Then in 2011, it was the heartbreak of a three-point preliminary final loss to Collingwood.

The Hawks' 2012 prelim looked to be following a similar script.

A Graham Johncock goal at the 20-minute mark of the final term had put the Crows into the box seat.

Nervous minutes ensured.

But then Cyril and Buddy emerged, with the pair booting back-to-back goals in the matter of a minute.

The Hawks were through to their first grand final since 2008.

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