- 1971 VFL Grand Final
The Grand Final was played in wet conditions and both clubs were aiming for just their second premiership. St Kilda were 20 points up at three quarter time but Hawthorn finished strongly to win by nine points. Bob Keddie was Hawthorn's match winner with four goals in the space of 16 minutes during the second half after being moved to full-forward.
Going into the game, Peter Hudson needed four goals to surpass
Bob Pratt's record for most goals in a VFL season but only managed to kick three which left him level with Pratt on 150 goals. Late in the Grand Final he had a set shot on goal to get the record but kicked the ball into the man on the mark Barry Lawrence. Other nears goals in the game for Hudson included running into an open goal and kicking it out of bounds as well as a disallowed goal on the run where the umpire deemed to siren to have sounded before the ball left his foot.
Aussie rules team old| title = Hawthorn
halfbackflank1 = Robert Day
halfforwardflank2 = Michael Porter
ruck = Don Scott
reserve2 = Ray Wilson
John Kennedy, Sr.
Aussie rules team old| title = St Kilda
fullback = Bob Murray
centre = Glenn Elliott
fullforward = Allan Davis
rover = Ross Smith (c)
reserve2 = Stephen Rae
* "The Official statistical history of the AFL 2004"
* Ross, J. (ed), "100 Years of Australian Football 1897-1996: The Complete Story of the AFL, All the Big Stories, All the Great Pictures, All the Champions, Every AFL Season Reported", Viking, (Ringwood), 1996. ISBN 0-670-86814-0
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