AFL Finals Week 3 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Lifting the Kennett Curse

Dennis Gedling has nominated this Declan Fay cracker as an Almanac Classic. (send your noms in to

The Kennett Curse has plagued Declan Fay since 2009. The gods ensured he was seated in front of the man himself for Friday night’s clash. (Nice hat, Declan.)

An Innocent Abroad

Jason McNeil journeyed down from Brisbane for a sporting weekend. He got both the Cats and the Storm beaten within 24 hours. Harms has had him deported and Dips has withdrawn his passport. Jason is a welcome addition to Almanac ranks.

AFL Finals Week 3 – Hawthorn v Geelong: One last blow?

John Harms takes us through the celebrated preliminary final.

AFL Finals Week 3 – Fremantle v Sydney: Familiar faces

David Zampatti sees faces that have watched the Dockers for 19 years. Memories flood back as he watches his team progress to their first Grand Final.

AFL Finals Week 3 – Hawthorn v Geelong: A Curse and a blessing

A curse is only as real as you want it to be. The Kennett curse became a psychological narrative of a great rivalry and sadly, its author was the Hawks. In honour of its death, Rick Kane went looking for great sayings to understand the depth and weight and shadow of a curse.

AFL Finals Week 3 – Fremantle v Sydney: Last stop on the Line

Fremantle put a pillow over the face of Sydney’s premiership defence and pressed down hard, writes Tom Bally. Today’s broadcast is all about Sydney’s season that was.

Varcoe’s Point. Or, the Point of Varcoe.

Dips reflects on Varcoe’s missed chance. Over and over and over.

Stuck in 2012

Craig Dodson is strangely calm watching his Swans lose a Preliminary Final. Still basking in the rays of 2012 fulfilment, he can afford to be a footy purist. Disappointed rather than distraught, he reflects on how game his Bloods were all season and the prospects for an epic Grand Final.

Short and Sweet!


AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Geelong: Brown and Gold bunnies

The Kennett Curse won’t be broken tonight.

AFL Preliminary Finals – Preview: Is that rain I’m detecting?

Who wins the preliminary finals and why? Leave your thoughts here.

And, under grey skies, and sprinkles of rain, JTH has some thoughts of his own.

The Real Semi-Final Weekend Preview – Feeling a bit dusty!

Sal Ciardulli has the good oil – on Dusty Martin, the Bombers, last weekend’s vanquished, the People’s Finals, and this weekend’s racing. Need a tip? Sal’s your man.