Sydney Swans win AFL final

2012-09-29 11:12

Melbourne - The Sydney Swans beat Hawthorn in a thrilling Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final with a clinching goal in the final seconds on Saturday.

The Swans won a fluctuating contest 14.7 (91) to 11.15 (81) in front of 99 683 fans at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Defender Nick Malceski sealed victory with a snap goal for Sydney's first premiership flag in seven years.

It was every bit as nail-biting as the Swans' last premiership in 2005, when they beat the West Coast Eagles by four points to break a 72-year title drought. Saturday's win took their tally to five premierships.

Swans midfielder Ryan O'Keefe won the Norm Smith Medal as the best player on the ground, picking up 28 touches and making 15 tackles to restrict Hawks midfield gun Sam Mitchell.

Sydney kicked the last four goals of the match to turn around an 11-point deficit early in the final quarter.

The Swans became the third club to have won multiple AFL premierships in the 2000s, joining Brisbane and Geelong, while Hawthorn last won the title in 2008.