Qualifying Final – Clouded Moon

Haiku Bob ponders the elements as the Pies go down to Hawthorn

AFL Finals Week 1 – Geelong v Fremantle: Is that it?

Last Sunday morning a pall of melancholy settled over the Harms household. Nothing could assuage it: not the morning sun through the north window, not the sound of little feet running from the front bedroom, not the smell of raisin toast. Not even the reassuring voice of Barrie Cassidy. “Rainbow,” said young Evie, pointing at [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1- Adelaide v Sydney: A comfy old pillow

I like my pillow, its durable, supporting, hard working, a little worn at the edges and cost me about $10 from Kmart a decade ago. Sure there are flashier versions with dodo bird feathers or maybe endorsed by Buzz Aldrin, but I like mine just the same. I depend upon it. The Sydney Swans are [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1: The View from Shepparton

I hope the tribunal throws the book at Chris Tarrant I love players that play the man and not the ball. I have had a sneaking respect for the Pies for most of the year but now hope that they get walloped.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Adelaide v Sydney: Behind Enemy Lines

The Crows fan did not seem happy to see me.

“You again” he growled before breaking into a wry smile. “Jesus I’d almost forgotten about today’s game. Then here you are again in that damn jumper reminding me all over.”

AFL Finals Week 1: TV Ringside? Just Buddy and Taz

Nightclub veterans Tarrant and Franklin kicked off proceedings as the Hawks and Pies squared off on Friday Night. In moves reminiscent of TV Ringside, the AFL might look to this boxing as a form of pre-game entertainment.

AFL Finals – Week 1: The 2012 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

All power to the Funky Purps, this is their highest point, even better than when they made a prelim against Sydney, to beat the reigning premier on their home turf and knock ‘em out of the finals, it’s a great day for the Purps. Perhaps it’s their Great Day for 2012 and nothing else will come of it.

AFL Finals Week 1: The Finals Wrap

Hawthorn, Fremantle and West Coast were just bullies on the weekend, says The Wrapster.

AFL Finals Week 1 – West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne: Finals footy from the text book

North were humiliated.

North played scared, says Andrew Starkie. They melted when the game was hot. Once the goals started at the other end, they folded. Except for Swallow and Jack.

Finals post-mortem: Condolences for John Harms

All condolence messages for John Harms and other supporters of Geelong and the North Melbourne Football Club can be left here. We trust you will be sensitive at this time, particularly you Collingwood supporters. Harms hopes to recover enough to put pen to paper soon.  

AFL Finals Week 1 – Adelaide v Sydney: Why Do I Keep Doing This?

If the Crows can do anything well, it’s find innovative ways to lose come finals, says Earl O’Neill.

AFL Finals Week 1 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: Just hit the delete button

4.30pm on Friday night and it’s pouring rain with howling winds as we leave my home near Colac. Off to the Hawthorn v Collingwood final with Boonie. I met Boonie,our diminutive second XI keeper,  for the first time during the last cricket pre-season. We quickly bonded over our mutual love of Collingwood, cricket statistics and Batman. A great [Read more]

AFL Finals Week 1 – Hawthorn v Collingwood (Floreat Pica): Pies with much to do

  I had a lot of doubts about this game before it started. After all we haven’t looked like beating Hawthorn both times that we met them this year. On the other hand we probably had close to the best team we have had since Luke Ball was injured. Once Paine came out and Sinclair [Read more]

The Pre-Wrap: AFL Finals Week 1

The Wrap was going to run a phone-in on whether Mick has already done the deal around at Visy Park – but it was too boring – and boorish.

AFL Finals – Hawthorn v Collingwood: Will tactics get Pies over the line?

Steve Fahey looks at the selection conundrum facing Collingwood ahead of their first final against Hawthorn – but will it matter who they put on the park?

What’s that smell in the air? Must be finals

It’s finals time and fans of at least four teams are soaking up the fever in case they are eliminated in the first week. Any idea how North Melbourne can pull off what would be a remarkable victory in the west? Are Collingwood any chance of knocking off Hawthorn? And what would that do to [Read more]