Hawks victory a fitting farewell

Hawk star Bradley Hill hands a ball to a young fan.

Hawk star Bradley Hill hands a ball to a young fan.

IT WAS business as usual for Hawthorn at Launceston’s Aurora Stadium yesterday, outclassing the Western Bulldogs by 62 points.

A crowd of 14,187 were treated to reasonably clear but chilly conditions around the ground, after a brief shower before the first bounce.

The evening was extra special for Hawthorn director Martin Ralston, however, who farewelled Tasmania after beginning with the club in 2005.

‘‘This will be my last visit to Launceston as a Hawthorn Football Club director,’’ he told attendees of yesterday’s president’s lunch.

‘‘Under the terms of our constitution, one has to resign after nine years.’’

Mr Ralston touted the state’s many cultural attractions as a highlight of his tenure with Hawthorn.

‘‘I’ve had a wonderful time and met some wonderful people.

‘‘I’ve experienced some wonderful hospitality and enjoyed some great games of golf at Barnbougle.

‘‘I’ve dined in some outstanding Launceston restaurants and stayed in some wonderful accommodation.’’

Mr Ralston did not comment on what his next venture would be.

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