Hawthorn Hawks mastermind Alastair Clarkson certainly won’t forget the final game of his 17-year tenure as senior coach any time soon.
Richmond kicked the last five goals to snatch an extraordinary draw from Alastair Clarkson and Shaun Burgoyne in their final game in brown and gold.
The Hawks were cruising and looked winners all afternoon until time on in the last quarter when Richmond flicked a switch to salvage a draw and send David Astbury off in the most remarkable circumstances.
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After Jack Scrimshaw kicked a goal to give the Hawks a five-goal advantage deep into the final term Hawthorn looked so good Damien Hardwick took his headset off and said: “I’m done”.
But it was a fitting outcome for Clarkson, Astbury, Burgoyne and Bachar Houli with none of the champions of the game deserving to leave it on losing terms. The clash was the first ever draw between Hawthorn and Richmond.
It wasn’t the usual finals tune-up these two clubs have been accustomed to over the past decade, but this game had all the more meaning because of three players and a coach who played vital roles in those September campaigns.
While Bachar Houli was robbed of a farewell game through injury, David Astbury …….