AFL Finals Week 1 – Preview: Sydney’s big blokes and Richmond’s gelatinous constitution

John Harms thinks the big blokes of Sydney will matter. And Richmond will be a gelatinous mess (at some stage).

Oh, and how can you not like Ken Hinkley who added to his legend last night on The Footy Show?


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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Oh Mr Harms how I hope you are wrong in your assessment of tonight’s showdown. You would be at least 5 points ahead in your season’s tipping if you had more faith in the Brown and Gold.

    Still, I’m nervous as, such is the weight of the finals on last year’s runner up.

    Here on Koh Samui I’ll find a bar and settle in for what should be a ripper. It’s hard to get too excited in a tropical setting, but I’ll be cheering til the end and then (hopefully) singing the club song loud and long into another languid night.


  2. R Kane – I’m very envious of your lifestyle.

    Tell me this old boy – have the Hawks darkened the brown colour of their guernsey in recent times so it looks less like baby diarrhea and more like the leather interior of an Audi A8 limousine?

  3. Don’t know about the jumper Dips but our soul is darkening in prep of playing through this final series to meet again our nemesis, The Cats!

    Yours SINcerely and with a sunny disposition

  4. Well, I really worked that one out. What happened in that second half?

  5. The day has started with my daughter calling from Japan to tell us she’s broken her foot. It’s going to end with Tony Abbott. I think it’s going to rain today.
    Thank goodness all of Harms’s tips are 59 points out.

    Freo by 34 points. Or the Cats by 84.

  6. Happy as from Happy Team holiday HQ, Chaweng Beach

  7. None from three so far – and how interesting it all is. Much to think about it.

    However, Tigers fans should feel very safe given this arvo’s tip.

  8. John – not even your ‘mocc’ could save the Tigers from themselves.
    When the mad relative got let out of the attic they could only remember the first movement of the sonata.
    The Saturday games were brilliant. The KP game was so tough. I have the feeling that Geelong would have done better away from the narrow confines of KP. They have only played 2 good teams there in recent years and the Dockers and Swans both closed them down. Motlop and Varcoe were monstered in the clinches.
    Saturday night was brilliant because Collingwood were so awful, and Port held their nerve. The game was good to watch but about 7 classes below Hawks, Cats and Dockers.

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