Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 6: Winning the race to lose.

David stiff looks at some ways to win and applies his thesis to the 2018 AFL Grand Final which he says was a one for the ages.

The 2018 AFL Grand Final Haiku Kukai: The Far End of the Stadium

Haiku Bob convened the seventh annual Grand Final Kukai – this time from the MCG! With the Pies in it! He was one of numerous contributors.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: The biggest show in town

Eagles fan Dave and his sister Andy relive the passion and the joy of winning a premiership.

For my Nanny

In 2018, it became clear to Sean Mortell that Footy is drastically important to so many people. It’s a lifestyle, a religion – one that causes people to pray and beg for a goal, a score, a win. It unites people, and helps cope with loss, and what could be better than that? Sean remembers with affection his beloved nanny.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Pressure

We all know Old Dog loves footy and has a great eye and feel for it. When it’s Grand Final time he sets himself for a big performance. So when it’s an epic Grand Final he does it justice. “To watch the 2018 Grand Final,” he writes, “was a thing from Heaven.” [Do yourself a favour – JTH]

Looking for someone who did the Nullarbor road trip to get to the Grand Final

  Hi Eagles’ supporters   If you know anyone who did the Perth-Melbourne drive for the Grand Final, or you did it yourself, please let me know.   j.t.h@footyalmanac.com.au   Would love to hear their story.   JTH

Grand Final – Fearless: There’s nothing really left to say

Not since 2010’s drawn Grand Final has the drama been replicated for the game to be of such a high quality and going right down to the wire says Fearless. Saturday’s Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood was all that. It was a shame that there was a loser but that’s footy.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: And now we are done

For David Wilson, a day begun young ended old. But tomorrow is another day.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: The Game

After starring at the Almanac Grand Final lunch, Matt Quartermaine scored a ticket to the game. It was his lucky day.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Decisions, decisions

The decisions made in the split seconds of the game sometimes make all the difference. Les Everett takes a look at the decisions a few key players made in Saturday’s Grand Final as well as the decisions made during their careers that contributed to their chance to play on the game’s biggest stage.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: The Grand Final Ticket Game

After a night of queuing in the cold Andrea Buckland and her group managed to secure the place at the biggest game of the season. Though it was a cracking game, it wasn’t the result he had hoped for as a Pies fan.

Fathers’ Day

John Gordon’s debut piece for the Almanac is a touching account of family and football expressed through coach and players on one hand, and in the stands on the other. [Welcome John – thanks for this beaut piece which will definitely get a run in The Eagles’ Almanac – JTH]

The Simpson

Yes the Bucks story is a ripper … but so is the Adam Simpson story.
Rick Kane pays tribute to the 2018 Premiership coach.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Media beat up

“It was fantastic not to see any Kath and Kim look at me look at me umpiring.” The Rulebook has his say on THAT final mark. What do you think?

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Grand Final

Before Earl launches into the Sydney spring, he pauses for some post-Grand Final azalea/motor sport appreciation.

Half a dozen remarkable facts about the 2018 Grand Final

Here’s one for stats fans and maths buffs. Ken Haley has compiled half a dozen remarkable facts about the 2018 AFL Grand Final and how it sits in the range of Grand Finals going back 120 years.

Strange Days – A Tiger family’s journey through Season 2018

‘And as the Tigers brilliant 2018 season built so too did our feeling of discomfort. We were so un-Richmond like. We kept winning, even when we weren’t playing well,’
Scott Reid reminisces the Tigers’ season that was and shares his experience of attending the 2018 Grand Final with his son as neutrals. There’s always next year Tigers fans!

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: Omens and a sea of heartache

The omens were there for Phil Dimitriadis. Whether it was the nutless cat or the banner or the mood of trains, for months, days and then hours it pointed to another Collingwood loss in a grand final. [You’ll recognise this phenomenon, especially if you’re a Pie. And everyone will appreciate the song – JTH]

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): Heartbreaker

A mighty climb by the Pies this year only to come up one rung short of glory – here is Peter Butler’s Grand Final recap for the Floreat Pica Society.

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: McGovern, Vardy, Ryan, Sheed.

Paddy Grindlay writes with tremendous energy to capture a classic grand final and West Coast premiership, with a special nod to the match-winning sequence.