Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Prelude to a Jig

Jamie Simmons gets to the Preliminary Final at the Gabba where he is left contemplating football expressions, football experience and football expectations.

Finals Week 3 – Brisbane v Geelong: Small mercies

After a year of superb Brisbane coverage, Shane Reid used last night’s preliminary final loss to reflect on better games and premiership moments.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Port Adelaide v North Melbourne: Pain, pain and more pain

Politics and footy are eternally linked for Tony Roberts. In 2007 he was left bemoaning the latter when the Roos came crashing down to Earth in their Preliminary Final against the Power.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: A night of hope and spirit

Matt O’Connor managed to secure a ticket to the biggest clash in town. After a week of build-up, he turned up to the ‘G to cheer on his Pies in a titanic blockbuster.

The Footy Almanac 2007 Week 3 Finals – Geelong v Collingwood: Fate, nerves, Otto

Some nights in footy are etched into your brain, whether it be for the good or the bad. John Harms recounts a memorable night – the Geelong/ Collingwood 2007 Preliminary Final, and his experience of watching it from the bowels of the ‘G.

Almanac Local Footy – Community football: Nothing better

Anne Cahill Lambert fulfilled her duties as an aunt on a cold Canberra day, trekking down to Phillip Oval to watch her niece compete for an improbable Grand Final berth.

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: 11pm Friday night, a packed Ponsford Stand

Magpie fans just didn’t want to go home on Friday night. Sean Mortell took in the euphoric scenes.

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood (Floreat Pica Society): History is real

Frank Taylor’s brilliant family story about his forebears’ struggles a century ago in Richmond and surrounds and how footy has always been part of it all. So this was a very meaningful match – and the result was equally immense. [Great piece – JTH]

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: USA, USA, USA

The Reynolds crew had lost their voices by the second quarter but it had been worth it – the Pies were well and truly in control. Luke is still recovering.

How to beat Goliath: five ways Collingwood can topple the Tigers

Can the Pies get it done against the reigning premiers this Friday night? Sean Mortell takes a look at the key items for Collingwood to take on the Tiges and earn a spot in the 2018 Grand Final.

Finals Week 3 – Richmond v GWS: The Miller-Banister Trophy awaits 

Jack Banister reflects on the Tigers crushing Preliminary Final win and the significance of a Grand Final match-up against the Crows, where the Miller-Banister Trophy will be on the line on the biggest stage of all.

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: History

Kath Presdee and her son Liam attend a part of history, the Giants first Preliminary Final. They are orange. So orange.

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Half marathons were never run like this!

On Preliminary Final day Mick Jeffrey’s preparation run for the Melbourne Marathon was coloured red, white and blue. And now he’s got a plane to catch.

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: What the Western Bulldogs Mean To Me

Heading into this weeks Preliminary Final, Bulldog fan Marty Gleason reminisces on his team’s finals campaigns of the past few decades.

AFL Preliminary Final – Hawthorn v Port Adelaide: This one’s for Gibbo

Players take no solace from a loss – Josh Gibson explained this sternly to Trucker Slim back in May. Port Adelaide played with speed, ingenuity and sublime skill, but did not quite do enough.

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.

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

The Kennett Curse won’t be broken tonight.

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.

Footy’s other hemisphere

Singapore’s Boomarang Bar is one of those Australian themed-pubs that is both brilliant and dreadful. Mickey Randall watched his Crows take on the Hawks in last year’s preliminary final.