A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size We’re in the AFL era of the unexpected. Another grand final is upon us, and for the fifth year in a row the side that finished on top of the ladder won’t be storing the premiership cup in their trophy cabinet. In fact, the top of the ladder team has only won the flag twice in the last 11 seasons. Collingwood in 2010 and Hawthorn in 2013 were the last two clubs to complete the double. The Western Bulldogs in 2016 and Richmond in 2017 delivered long-awaited fairytales, and it seemed that Melbourne was potentially destined to do the same until they ran into a blue and yellow brick wall. West Coast were the irresistible force, Melbourne the moveable object. Of course, the Tigers were seen as the best side in the competition all year and it was clear by the end of April they would end up in a preliminary final at least, but can now only reflect on a wasted season. They only had one real test this … [Read more...] about In the era of the unexpected, will the form reversals continue in the grand final?
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A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size Friday’s announcement of a new 40-year to keep the Australian Football League grand final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is a slap in the face, and a step back towards the old days of the VFL. I wonder if Gillon McLachlan and the rest of the AFL board understand that by hosting the grand final in the same city continuously, they are actually preventing people that live in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney – the four cities that host 45 per cent of the competition’s clubs – from attending the biggest game of the year. Let’s say Bill, 44 years old, is a Tigers supporter from Richmond who decides in 2016 he’s had enough of not seeing his team make a grand final, and purchases one ticket to the 2016 grand final to see the Western Bulldogs defeat the Sydney Swans for $190 (approximately). Then, in 2017, his beloved Tigers make the grand final and Bill once again is … [Read more...] about The AFL’s grand final plan is a slap in the face to 45% of fans
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size The Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles will go head to head in the 2018 AFL Grand Final on Saturday 29 September, with the first bounce scheduled for 2:30pm AEST. The Magpies have won their way through to the grand final to cap off what has been a truly remarkable campaign from the club who finished 13th on the ladder at the end of last year. Despite being routinely hit by longterm injuries to key players, the ‘Pies have continued to find ways to innovate and perform. Their crowning glory arrived on Friday night however when they obliterated reigning premiers the Richmond Tigers to seal a berth in the grand final. Whether or not they can go one step further and win their first premiership since 2010 now comes down to their ability to best the West Coast Eagles. The Eagles too are a remarkable story as they were tipped by many at the start of the year to miss out on a finals berth. Instead … [Read more...] about When is the 2018 AFL Grand Final? West Coast Eagles vs Collingwood Magpies
It’s official: we’re living in the post-truth AFL, and nothing makes sense anymore. To help us find our centre, let’s begin with a brief review of what went wrong for the Tigers and Demons. In short, plenty. But above all else, both Richmond and Melbourne forgot who they were, and allowed their opponents to play the game they wanted far too easily. Early doors, both clubs were languid and lacking in energy. That happens – see Cats, Geelong (2016, 2017, 2018) – though that is less excusable for Melbourne, who has been on a roll, than Richmond, who had a week off. By conceding a streak of goals to begin their games, the Tigers and Dees made it hard for themselves no matter what sort of tactical edge they could muster. And this is where the post-truthiness of today’s league kicks in. Collingwood, off a six-day break, looked far fresher than Richmond, who’d had the week off. Yet Melbourne, with an eight-day break and having played two games in … [Read more...] about Nothing in the AFL makes sense anymore
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size The AFL grand final is one of the hottest tickets on the Australian sporting calendar. Played on Saturday, September 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with the first bounce scheduled for 2:30pm, tickets are hard to come by. If you aren’t either a club member or an AFL member, you have buckleys and none of getting tickets, unfortunately. Due to the high demand, particularly with Melbourne-based clubs making the decider this year, the official AFL website states there is no planned on-sell of tickets to the general public. Instead, if your club has made the final four, you should have already registered by now with Ticketek to be part of a ballot following the preliminary final. Even then, it comes down to luck. With only a small amount of tickets available to each club compared to the amount of members, the ballot from Ticketek will decide whether you’ll be watching the game from the ground or … [Read more...] about How to get AFL grand final tickets 2018