HAWTHORN'S season of great expectations opened with a pulsating 22-point win over Collingwood at the MCG on Friday night.
Lance Franklin kicked five goals as the Hawks eventually broke clear of last year's grand finalists to win 20.17 (137) to 16.19 (115).
The match lived up to its billing as the clash of the opening round and it attracted a near-capacity crowd of 78,464.
The last time these teams met, Collingwood beat Hawthorn by three points in a preliminary final result that broke the Hawks' hearts.
Hawthorn is widely tipped to make this year's grand final.
Read the full match report at ABC news online