HAWTHORN HAWKS’ THIRD AFL Grand Final win a row was celebrated in the little hours in Fanad on Saturday.
That’s because of Liam Shiels, the 24-year-old midfielder, is a son of Michael Shiels from Morass, Tamney in Fanad, who moved to Melbourne 28 years ago. Liam’s grandfather on his mother Maggie’s side of the family is from Ballybofey.
The whole Shiels family in Fanad were glued to satellite television to watch Saturday morning’s live feed, as Hawthorn defeated West Coast Eagles 107-61 to win the coveted competition for the third year in succession in front of 98,633 at MCG in Melbourne.
The victory made Alistair Clarkson’s 2013-15 Hawks just the fifth club to win three flags in a row, joining Carlton (1906-08), Collingwood (1927-30), Melbourne (1939-41 and 1955-57) and the Brisbane Lions (2001-03).
Here’s the action from Melbourne, courtesy of the Australian Football League.