This big Essendon v Hawthorn rivalry that the media keep playing up.
Their rivalry commenced in 1983! Not before that year as they were not rivals before then.
Hawthorns rivalry with Essendon prior to the 1983 Grand Final was the equivalent of what is the current state of the rivalry between Hawthorn and Richmond. Which is near zilch as Hawthorn and Richmond have never played each other in a final. Yet that should be a traditional rivalry due to the suburbs of Hawthorn and Richmond being close neighbours.
They were nor rivals before then!
For this week it is the Hawthorn v Geelong rivalry.
Well at least they did play in two finals during 1963 before their next finals meeting in the 1989 Grand Final.
The Essendon and Hawthorn decades long rivalry
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