In recognition of our 20-year partnership with Tasmania, we have taken a look back at some of our favourite memories down in Launceston.
Join us as we revisit so many great moments over the past two decades, counting down from 20 to 1.
19 on the trot
Round 19 2016 vs Carlton
Hawthorn 10.14 74 def. Carlton 7.13 55
Hawthorn entered rarefied air with this Round 19 win, its 19th consecutive victory at the Launceston venue. The streak remains the club’s longest winning run at any venue in history, with the 13-game period at the MCG between 2014 and 2015 the next longest. Only five other clubs can boast a longer string of success at a particular venue, with Geelong holding the league record with 29 straight wins at Kardinia Park between Round 3 2008 and Round 20 2011. The Hawks’ Launceston streak began in Round 8 2012 making it longer than any opposition side’s greatest run given that Hawthorn visit Launceston just four times a year.
Round 10 2012 vs North Melbourne
Hawthorn 27.12 174 def. North Melbourne 9.5 59
This game will forever be remembered for the performance of one man and one iconic piece of commentary. “THIRTEEEEEEN! THIRTEEEEEEN! Can you believe it?” The answer to Anthony Hudson’s electrified question was difficult to answer – Lance Franklin’s performance that day was completely unbelievable but, having been exposed to eight years of Buddy brilliance already, the unbelievable had become what Hawks fans had grown to expect from the mercurial forward. This remains Franklin’s greatest single game goalkicking show. Amazingly, the Hawks number 23 started somewhat slowly, booting just one goal in the first term. But, from there, it became chaotic for the helpless Kangaroos backline. Five goals in the second quarter saw Buddy suddenly with six at the main break. Despite North’s best efforts, Franklin followed his scintillating second stanza up with another four in the third and three in the last. Those that were in attendance that day won’t be forgetting this one any time soon.