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Thousands out to celebrate Hawks' flag

28/09/2008 02:06:03 PM Comments (0)

Thousands of fans are at Hawthorn's traditional home Glenferrie Oval to celebrate the club's AFL premiership win.

A crowd of up to 10,000 - including many children - have been at the ground for several hours, waiting for their heroes to arrive.

The players are expected to be presented to the crowd at 2.45pm (AEST).

In the meantime, the fans have watched a replay of Saturday's grand final win over Geelong, Hawthorn's first premiership in 17 years.

Coach Alastair Clarkson and president Jeff Kennett are both expected to address the crowd, before the players appear on stage with the premiership cup.

High-flying Hawthorn will fly to Tasmania on Monday to celebrate their AFL premiership success with their supporters in the Apple Isle.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson and captain Sam Mitchell will head to Hobart while the remaining players will fly to Launceston.

The club on Saturday celebrated its first premiership flag in 17 years by defeating Geelong by 26 points at the MCG.

The club's major sponsor is the Tasmanian government and the Hawks play four home and away matches each year in Launceston.

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