AFL Grand Final – Preview: Why Freo can win the 2013 flag

JTH thinks the Hawthorn-Freo Grand Final will be a willing affair. He likes the chances of the underdog.

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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. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Great Preview JTH in the Game today I reckon the only certainties are it will be a tough
    brutal contest and Hawthorn will have more scoring shots
    Let The Gladiator War Begin

  2. That’s 3 hours I’ll never get back.

  3. Heard the game in Rome broadcast by Roy and HG on ABC Newsradio, they were as good as ever. By the way didn’t the ex president of the Hawthorn Football Club call for the coach to be sacked at the start of the season? Say no more!!!!!

  4. Wonder how Anthony Daniher is feeling today after his comments at the Almanac Grand Final Eve luncheon were reported yesterday, after he was specifically told “what gets said in the room stays in the room”??

  5. We are the mighty fighting Hawks and AFL Premiers, 2013!

  6. Andrew Starkie says

    Predictable, flat end to a hideous AFL season. AD and crew need to go away and get their house in order.

    Hawks took their chances; were poised and hardened and played the big moments better. Freo had stagefright early, wasting chances; by the time they got going it was too late. If Ballantyne had scored late, it may have been interesting, but Hawks always in control.

    Gunstan was difference between the teams. Lewis also very good.

  7. Hirdy

    What those two journalists did is inexcusable.

    Others at the lunch have described the actions of the journalist in far stronger language than that.

    Having been alerted to the article, I rang Anthony early on Saturday morning. Anthony is a very gracious and honourable man, who comes from a family of substance. He has every reason to feel an important trust has been broken.

    I have attempted to register my outrage at the situation. However The Age and the journalist concerned have not returned my calls and emails.

  8. daniel flesch says

    Sorry the confidence was broken , JTH and all others , but it was an interesting insight for the rest of us to read about. My disappointed and outraged Essendon supporter neighbour is glad to have his respect for the Daniher family remain intact thanks to the story in the Age.

    As for the game – A lot of the credit for the Hawks’ win goes to experienced import B.Lake. A lot of the credit for the 2008 Flag win went to experienced import S.Dew. Coincidence or good tactic ?

  9. DF,
    Don’t forget experienced import S.Burgoyne in the prelim against the Cats.

  10. Bill Martino says

    And, of course, experienced import Zac Dawson in the QF and PF.

  11. Bill Martino says

    Rod, I thought Roy and HG’s “Festival of the Boot” was far and away the most entertaining aspect of the game.

  12. daniel flesch says

    Yes Cookie – Hawthorn’s experienced import list is extensive : backline regulars J. Gibson , B. Guerra , Lake , as well as Burgoyne you mentioned. Also D. Hale – unobtrusive and effective. I hope Buddy goes as an experienced export. Hawks go ok without him and there are ready replacements in the VFL (Premiership) side. The salary cap $$$ freed up if Buddy goes could go towards getting midfield replacements for the 30 -ish Hodge , Mitchell and Sewell….Back on topic … i tried to go to JTH’s story several times , but got only and ” sorry we can’t meet your request “. Huh ?

  13. It would be a sad thing if Pavlich doesn’t win a flag. But on the up side nor will Ballantyne

  14. daniel flesch says

    ….Cookie …looks like i forgot another import ..J. Gunston . Guess because all he did was kick 4 out of 11 goals .

  15. I’m with Flynny on this one. That seemed to be the worst Grand Final in quite a while from a pure football point of view. Putting aside trials (if that’s possible here?), maybe my more learned Almanackers could suggest others that failed to provide? Thank god frolicking whales on the Barrier Reef saved my weekend. Matty Q, 1770 Qld.

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