This time falling on Easter Monday, another Hawks-Cats classic was laid before us, and like many times before, we were treated to a pearler.
The result? Well, it just added to the record books.
The Cat’s come from behind win spelt their 10th consecutive against the Hawks since their most recent loss to them, in the 2008 premiership decider.
They found something special to utterly obliterate Hawthorn after half time, and sneak home 13.15 (93) to 12.14 (86).
The slight seven-point margin was the seventh time one of these clashes has been decided by nine points or less, and it’s becoming a somewhat predictable turn of events.
The Hawks yesterday kicked the opening three goals of the match, and led at the opening change by 16 points.
The highlight was Brent Guerra’s running slingshot goal against the boundary from 50.
He had provided the Hawks with a spark, and they were seemingly all over Geelong at this point, and for much of the first half.
At quarter time, Hawthorn had doubled the Cats’ inside 50s, and they continued to pepper the well into the second term, but without much reward.
A string of behinds left Hawks fans scratching their heads, as the Cats hung on, but when a free kick was awarded to Lance Franklin inside the arc, he pushed the margin out to 24.
And when Isaac Smith pulled one across his body a minute later, the Hawks had skipped out to a 30-point lead.
Signs weren’t good at this point for Geelong, but many doubted their ability to claw their way back, and a couple of late majors to Tom Hawkins and Travis Varcoe cut the margin to 20 at the main break.
It was those two goals on the brink of half time that would catapult the Cats into a frenzy on the other side of the interval.
They rammed home four more when play resumed, and when Billy Smedts found the major opening at the 18-minute mark, Geelong had opened up a seven-point lead.
Hawthorn had lost their first half run and aggression, and simply could not get their hands on the football, and looked a shadow of their first half selves.
But two of the last three goals for the Hawks steadied their ship, as they went into three-quarter time just two points adrift.
However the Hawks would never regain the lead, conceding the opening two goals of the last quarter to fall almost three goals back of the Cats.
The margin blew out to as much as 21 when Mitch Duncan kicked truly, and gave his side what looked an unassailable lead.
But however late the Hawks left their charge, it inexorably came.
Two late flourishes saw them draw to within eight points deep into time-on, and when Luke Breust had a shot on a slight angle, he could have pulled them within a kick.
It was not to be. His kick hooked left, and the Hawks fell agonisingly short.
The margin was seven, and when the siren sounded, the Hawks had once again blown a significant lead, capitulating to a fast finishing Geelong.
For the Hawks, the usual workhorses were good, in Mitchell, Sewell and Lewis, while Shoenmakers and Gibson were steady down back.
Many fringe players failed to fire however, on a day where there were many contributors for the Cats.
The early season premiership fancies have lost in the opening round, and will need to find a cure for this hoodoo, which now stands at 10 losses on the trot.
But they’ll have to wait until round 15 to do anything about that.
For now, the job ahead doesn’t get any simpler.
The Hawks fly to Perth next week to take on a fresh West Coast, who lost their opening round Derby to Fremantle last weekend
Geelong will head to Docklands to play North Melbourne, who will be searching for their first win of the season.
HAWTHORN: 4.3 8.9 10.10 12.14 (86)
GEELONG: 1.5 5.7 10.12 13.15 (93)
Hawthorn: Breust 2, Franklin 2, Savage 2, Roughead 1, Guerra 1, Lewis 1, Rioli 1, Hale 1, Smith 1.
Geelong: Podsiadly 2, Duncan 2, Hawkins 2, Smedts 2, Christensen 1, Chapman 1, Mackie 1, Selwood 1, Varcoe 1.
Hawthorn: Mitchell, Sewell, Lewis, Shoenmakers, Birchall, Puopolo, Rioli
Geelong: Selwood, Chapman, Smedts, Mackie, Stokes, Varcoe, Taylor
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