DVD - Inside The Battle of '89

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Hawthorn were aiming at back to back Premierships for the first time, Geelong under Malcolm Blight looking for its first Premiership since the days of Polly Farmer in 1963. Hawthorn coach Allan Jeans knew he would need something special to stop the brilliance of the Cats and their fabulous spearhead Gary Ablett.

Operation Tackle was devised to blunt Geelong. The Geelong players had some plans of their own. This is the story of the battle for the 1989 Premiership by the men who played such a major role. The behind the scenes story of one of the best footy matches ever played. Join Jeans, Dunstall, Brereton, Dipper and Tuck as they talk tactics, look back with emotion and reminisce on a rousing and costly victory.


Seven successive Grand Finals, four premierships and a string of champion players from Don Scott, Leigh Matthews, Peter Knights and Michael Tuck through Chris Langford, Chris Mew and Gary Buckenara. There would be the club's first Brownlow Medallists in Robert Dipierdomenico and John Platten, a dual Norm Smith Medallist in Gary Ayres and a goalkicker of class in thousand goal man Jason Dunstall.

Over 100 minutes of action showing exactly why the eighties belonged to the Hawks. Relive the biggest stories of the decade.

The debut of The Kid, the Matthews-Bruns affair and the Battle of 89. Stroll back through an era in which Hawthorn reigned supreme. Set the standards for modern football. Played hard and left bruised and bewildered opponents.

These were the champion Hawks.