Posted: 30 September, 2012
by Triple M Footy
Sydney Swans Win The 2012 AFL Grand Final Against Hawthorn
Malceski kicks the game-winning goal that kills off the Hawks and wins the flag for the Sydney Swans in 2012!
Malceski kicks the game-winning goal that kills off the Hawks and wins the flag for the Swans! (Photo: Andrew White/AFL Media)
The Sydney Swans won a see-sawing, enthralling contest 14.7 (91) to 11.15 (81) in front of 99,683 fans in mostly fine conditions, despite the dire pre-match weather forecast.
Valiant Hawthorn midfielder Brad Sewell, who was possibly his side's best, missed two snaps for goal in the dying minutes, the first of which would have levelled the scores and the second which would have given the Hawks the lead.
Malceski, who had kicked Sydney's first goal from a near-impossible angle, then shut the door with another stunning snap with 34 seconds left on the clock.
It was every bit as nail-biting as the Swans' last premiership, when they beat West Coast by four points in 2005 to break a 72-year flag drought, with Saturday's win taking their tally to five premierships.
Only four Swans - Adam Goodes, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Jude Bolton and Ryan O'Keefe - playing on Saturday were part of the club's 2005 flag, with Malceski one of another three that played in their one-point grand final loss to West Coast the following year.
Swans midfielder Ryan O'Keefe won the Norm Smith Medal, picking up 28 touches and, just as significantly, notching 15 tackles to restrict Hawk midfield gun Sam Mitchell, who had an influential first term.
Dan Hannebery and former Hawk Josh Kennedy were also excellent for the Swans, Adam Goodes set up plenty of goals in attack while ex-Canada rugby union international Mike Pyke produced an inspired performance in the ruck.
Sydney kicked the last four goals of the match to turn around an 11-point deficit early in the last quarter.
The Hawks notched five behinds during that time and finished with five more scoring shots than the Swans.
Hawthorn's Lance Franklin, with 3.4 and another shot out on the full, was one of the culprits, although he could easily have been a match-winner after he fired the Hawks into the lead with an inspired third-term burst.
Jarryd Roughead kicked 0.3, while Jack Gunston hit the post with a crucial 25m set shot in the last term after Sydney's Adam Goodes had just scraped a bouncing snap through for a goal at the other end to put his side seven points clear.