2012 AFL Grand Final: Hug me like the world is ending

The recent Hawks v Swans blockbuster had more than a touch of 2012 Grand Final magic. Its a good time for a look back at Swans fan David Williams’ recollection of that great match.

2012 Grand Final: A Hawks fan turns to A.B. Paterson for inspiration

Hawks fan Dave Goodwin has had a crazy notion for a few years now that 19th Century bush ballads could become a new form of sports reporting. What better game to test his theory than the 2012 Grand Final.

AFL Grand Final: Missed Opportunity

Some say the Grand Final was an honourable loss. Hawks fan Michael Parker says it was a wasted season.

AFL Grand Final: The Pride of the North London Lions

It is AFL Grand Final eve and Peter Flynn arrives at the North London Lions presentation night.

A Corker Grand Final

How damn brilliant was Jetta taking on Rioli? Something for the ages.

It was like the fight everybody wanted. Everybody expected. As if the two of them had no say in it. As if it wasn’t just a piece of play, as if it wasn’t just a race. There was ownership involved.

Grand Final Eve

It’s a kind of madness when your team’s in the Grand Final. A week of internal distractions and surreptitious footy shamanism.

AFL Grand Final: Half-time Legends

  It’s half-time in the big one. The game’s a bottler. We’re all happy little Vegemites, excited, hairy, overgrown children, bundling out of Roland’s beat-up Grand Final shed to piss, fire up the barbie, wince at daylight, and kick the footy. “You in it, Dippa?” I ask. No idea how he got the nickname, he [Read more]

Relief, Nirvana and the Infographic

By Jake ‘Cobba’ Stevens It would be a tragedy had I not documented my experiences at the 2012 Grand Final. So, I do so, hoping that it does not become lost among the thousands of writings about the game, the result and the experience. But one thing can be certain, just like the other 99,682 fans who [Read more]

AFL Grand Final: It’s all about the love

For those of us who love the game, we all know that footy is more than a game. It’s about family, connections, community, belonging. It’s a culture, even a religion. It’s also about stories and memories.

AFL Grand Final: When Desire wore red and white

Paul Spinks has an everyman’s day at the Grand Final, and his fine observations and insights are testimony to the depth of connection fans have to the game.

A grand final and a solemn march

Andrew Starkie attends the Grand Final then joins in the Peace March on Sydney Road the following day.

The Rhyce Shaw (Shank) Redemption

Phil Dimitriadis follows Rhyce Shaw’s journey from maligned Magpie to heroic Swan.

Haiku Bob: Rising Moon

Haiku Bob’s reflection on the Grand Final.

AFL Grand Final: Like Otto the autopilot, Swans head into sunset

In another Fearless report, Paul Thomson hails the Swans and the Storm and suggests the AFL fix the free agency system quickly.

AFL Grand Final: Now let’s make it back-to-back

Lounge room politics sorted, Emma Rene sits down to watch her Swans and new favourite, Mitch Morton.

AFL Grand Final: The View from Shepparton

Peter Schumacher nominated the winner, margin and Norm Smith Winner on Saturday, as for putting a wager on the trifecta….

The Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch

Yvette Wroby captures the annual pre-Grand Final warm-up at the All Nations Hotel.

AFL Grand Final: My weekend in the red and the white

Having scored Grand Final tickets, Brisbane fan Beth Newman undertook a covert mission to transform herself into a Swan for the weekend.

The solemn Grand Final

Andrew Calleja reflects on the solemn events of the week leading into Melbourne’s biggest day.

AFL Grand Final: Winning the games that count

Cats fan Pete Edwards took solace in the misery of Hawthorn supporters following their Grand Final loss.