AFL Finals Week 2: Harms’s thoughts

Some thoughts on the AFL semis. Read more

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 on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three kids - Theo13, Anna11, Evie10. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst three. His ambition is to lunch for Australia.


  1. Brandon Erceg says

    Interesting thoughts and I think you’ve called it pretty well. So hard to pick both games this week, I really think anything could happen. What performance will Adelaide and Collingwood put up this week? Are Collingwood going that badly or were they reasonable last week and just beaten by a red-hot Hawthorn in what was a very high intensity game, with the level higher than any other final on the weekend? Will the fact adelaide have beaten the dockers’ twice this year count for anything? Can the dockers’ back it up for a second week? How much of a loss will Talia be? Like you said how much of an advantage will the MCG be for Collingwood? Do we look at the pie’s only beating West Coast by 3 points at the G earlier this year and say the eagles’ are travelling better than the pies since that point? So many questions to ponder for both games and really I think it’s impossible to pick the winning combination with any confidence. Can’t wait for what should be a ripper weekend of footy.

  2. Hawks @ MCG last 2 weeks – against Eagles then Pies. Eagles pushed them much more than Magpies.
    Weighted certainties with well established form lines.
    Pies only chance is if the whole midfield has had a heart transplant in the last week.

  3. Brandon Erceg says

    You say eagles pushed them more than magpies. But did the hawks just take the foot off the pedal after quarter time knowing they had a final the next week.Collingwood re-gained the lead against the hawks in the 2nd quarter and went toe to toe for almost the entire first half. They also still managed to sore 15 goals against the hawks, while the eagles only scored 10. But I agree eagles and their midefield are in better form than pies, but at the G it’s no certainty

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