The Hawks will rue the first term. They had 13 inside-50s to 11 and eight scoring shots to seven, but trailed by 14 points at quarter-time.
You’ve got to take your chances in a grand final, but when the Hawks had the run of play, they kicked 1.7.
While the Hawks squandered their opportunities, Cats’ forward Jarrod Bacon kicked three first-term goals.
The classy Bacon’s second from deep in the pocket was a beauty, while Cats’ coach Kahl Oliver also slotted a goal from a tight angle.
Centre clearances: LBU 2; Huntly 3.
Inside 50s: LBU 11; Huntly 13.
Stoppages: LBU 6; Huntly 5.
The Cats upped their pressure and didn’t allow the Hawks an inside-50 for the first 15 minutes.
But like Huntly had in the first term, the Cats let the Hawks off in front of goal. From their first five scoring shots, only Adrian Dohnt goaled.
The Hawks’ constantly kicked under pressure out of defence, while their delivery into half-forward was woeful.
The Cats led by 24 points at the 21-minute mark and appeared poised to break the game open.
But three goals in two minutes lifted the Hawks and kept the contest alive.
Remarkably, despite having 18 inside 50s to five for the quarter, the Cats were outscored 3.0 to 2.4.
Centre clearances: LBU 3; Huntly 3.
Inside 50s: LBU 18; Huntly 5.
Stoppages: LBU 9; Huntly 7.
The Hawks closed to within 11 points seven minutes in following a goal to Tom Curry moments after the midfielder had copped a knock.
The Hawks pressed hard, but couldn’t break the Cats’ defence. From 16 inside 50s, they scored just 1.1.
Down the other end, it was the Lachlan Collins show for the Cats.
He kicked the first goal of the quarter two minutes in, and by three quarter-time – at which stage the Cats were 30 points up – had two more.
Centre clearances: LBU 3; Huntly 5.
Inside 50s: LBU 10; Huntly 16.
Stoppages: LBU 8; Huntly 4.
Collins picked up from where he left off in the third quarter.
He kicked the first goal of the last term one minute in, and from there it was party time for the Cats.
Collins added a fifth goal during the final quarter, while Chris Hudson kicked the last two of the match.
Centre clearances: LBU 4; Huntly 0.
Inside 50s: LBU 17; Huntly 2.
Stoppages: LBU 8; Huntly 3.