Fearless 2018: Finals Week 1 – We are well rested, now off and running

Fearless reviews week one of the 2018 finals series.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: Cat flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Paul Spinks reflects on Geelong’s loss to Melbourne which drew him to compare the match, and the Cats’ 2018 season to an illness they just couldn’t beat and wonders what next season will bring for the Catters.

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Collingwood: Eagles too strong in epic encounter

Rory from Perth gives the latetest report from the Floreat Pica society, looking at Collingwood’s qualifying final loss against the Eagles.

Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Hawthorn: It’s only the Beginning

It might only be the beginning of the finals series but Joe De Petro has plenty to be optimistic about early for his premiership-defending Tigers.

Finals Week 1 – Melbourne v Geelong: The love for Melbourne in Melbourne

There’s a lot of love for the Melbourne Football Club in Melbourne at the moment. The affection was palpable in the MCC Members from early on Friday afternoon, continued through the Dees’ superb performance, and was expressed through street art across the weekend. Katie Purvis has been completely immersed in the whole experience, as has her 91 year old dad. [Great to have you on the site Katie – ripper Cordner story too. Welcome, JTH]

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: Spring buds not yet ready to burst

‘Sometimes the signs of spring arrive pre-emptively but it’s not yet time to burst. The Swans have had that kind of season.’ Mathilde de Hauteclocque wraps up the elimination final that saw her Swans bow out of premiership contention.

A Father’s Love and Football

A beautiful story of father and kindergarten-age son, footy and togetherness. [Wonderful – Ed].

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Finals, Week One

As is usual, Earl O’Neill makes a helluva lot of sense in this wrap of Finals, Week 1.

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Collingwood: Pies make an omelette

“It’s a rare night that sees us step into the bar wearing full-body white chemical-spill jumpsuits.” It’s a September Saturday night and David Wilson gives into Collingwood temptation.

Finals Week 1 – Hawks? Canaries!

Trucker Slim assesses his Hawks but can’t find any easy answers to how they, or anyone for that matter, can tame the Tiges. That doesn’t stop him from offering his advice to anyone willing to listen.

Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: 2018 AFL Finals – The Year of the Magpie

Cam reviews the Magpie’s close loss to the Eagles with all his usual attention to detail and looks forward to this week’s clash with GWS.

Finals Week 1 – Sydney v GWS: The only thing you’ll learn from this is that footy makes me cry!

It is difficult, it is tough, but Jan Courtin does not shirk the issue of providing her post-match thoughts following the Swans’ big loss. And yes, there are tears.

Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Hawthorn: Playing it by the book (Alex’s book)

Alex Rance’s allegorical book comes to a happy ending. For John Green, so did Thursday night’s game. But will the 2018 season?

Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Hawthorn: Knowing

Tiger Gill is happy with Richmond’s imposing victory against the Hawks in the Qualifying Final.

Finals Week 1- Elimination Final: Melbourne v Geelong

The class of Geelong and their ability knowing how to win big games should give them the advantage over Melbourne suggests Declan Dempsey-Young. Whatever the result, he believes this match will almost certainly be a close-fought affair.

Finals Week 1 – Swans v Giants: Elimination Final Preview

Almanacker Keiran is heading to the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean he has abandoned his beloved Swans as this report shows.

Finals Week 1 – Qualifying Final: Richmond v Hawthorn: Dustin Martin, revisited

Dusty and the Tigers roar, plucking the Hawk’s feathers in an ominous premiership defining performance.

Finals Week 1 – Richmond v Hawthorn: Some pre-match thoughts

Declan Dempsey-Young makes his debut at the Almanac with this preview of the Richmond-Hawthorn qualifying-final. [Good to have you with us Declan – JTH]

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Round Twenty Three, still

Earl O’Neill assesses the seasons of some who are done, and looks at the finals before us, as only Earl can.

Finals Week 1 – Sal’s preview: Let the games begin!

Sal sizes up a big weekend of finals football. And did he mention he doesn’t like Thursdays?