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TBT: Bears' comeback over Hawks

TBT: Bears v Hawthorn 1995 This weeks Throwback Thursday is from 1995 when the Bears took on Hawthorn.

As far as comebacks go, the final quarter of a gruelling match between the Brisbane Bears and Hawthorn Hawks in Round 16, 1995, will go down as one of the biggest in Club history.

The hot Queensland sun was beating down at the Gabba as a crowd of 8,209 gathered to watch the Sunday afternoon match unfold. 

The Hawks had played in the previous 13 consecutive finals series, a league record, while the Bears had not yet gone close to a finals appearance.

The Bears trailed at every change and sat goalless at quarter time while the Hawks soared to a 35-point lead.

The next two quarters continued to go the Hawks' way, as they led 13.10 to 5.13 at three quarter time. 

The 45-point margin was a very comfortable lead, but it was Hawthorn Coach Peter Knights' infamous decision to seek shade in the stands at the final change that had the Bears sensing a tiring opponent. 

The Bears went on to produce a stunning nine-goals-to-one final quarter, to come away 14.20 (104) to 14.13 (97) victors.

The game transformed the fortunes of the two clubs.

The Bears won five of their last six games to clinch a first-ever finals appearance, while Hawthorn lost all of its remaining matches, missing the finals for the first time since 1981.

Having just turned 20, Michael Voss gave Brisbane supporters a taste of what was to come, finishing with 24 touches and three goals.

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