The Parade College Writing Workshop – Harvey Doutsas: The 2018 AFL Grand Final


By Harvey Doutsas


The day of the grand finale – Collingwood v West Coast. The biggest game of the year.


I, of course supporting Collingwood all my life, was in America at the time. The game started at night there and I was very nervous watching the game at a local pub. There was a big crowd of Australians watching the game and surprisingly some Americans too. The build-up to the game was intense and the atmosphere was amazing. Everyone was yelling and screaming, happily waiting for the game to start.


Finally the game started and immediately everyone was glued to their seats. The game was very even at the start until Travis Varcoe scored the first goal and settled the team. This looked very emotional for Varcoe as his sister had passed away the week before, as he seemed to dedicate the goal to her.


I had never felt more excited in my life. Within five minutes Jaidyn Stephenson had kicked two goals. Then Jordan De Goey scoring an amazing snap, sending the crowd wild. By the end of the first quarter we were smashing them, even with them scoring a late lucky goal. This also included another goal where West Coast player Willie Rioli miskicked the ball on the goal line and it still went in.


As half time came, the game was becoming closer and closer. Then finally the final quarter was about to start. It started with Collingwood being on top, then West Coast, then Collingwood again. The game ended with West Coast scoring a winning goal in the dying minutes. I was heartbroken after the game. My head was down and I felt horrible. It was devastating.



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  1. Good on you, Harvey.

    I remember watching this game, thinking the Pies almost had it, and then the tide turned. Still, you were so close.

  2. Mrs Pritchard says

    Definitely not the result I had hoped for either Harvey. A sad day in Collingwood’s history, especially to have West Coast score in the dying minutes. Great descriptive language. I could feel your heartbreak based on your use of sensory language – Well Done!

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