Friday July 3, 2009 by Costas Kastanis
Well it’s here at last, the blockbuster clash on Sunday between the ladder leading Saints and second placed Cats. Who will win, why and how is anyone’s guess but Costas Kastanis is here to preview that and the other seven games this weekend.
Saturday September 27, 2008 by Adam McBride
Hawthorn 18.7 (115) def. Geelong 11.23 (89)
Hawthorn has pulverised Geelong, defeating the Cats by 26 points in an enthralling AFL Grand Final clash at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.
The Hawks matched it with their more-fancied opponents from the first bounce, never giving the reigning champs a look in despite the best efforts of Gary Ablett and Joel Selwood.
Geelong hit the front many times throughout, however were unable to take a stranglehold as the Hawks had all the answers with a ruthless running style.
Best for the Hawks were Luke Hodge, claiming the Norm Smith Medal with 26 disposals off the half-back flank, midfielders Stuart Dew and Brad Sewell, half-forward flankers Michael Osborne and Xavier Ellis. Read more
Thursday June 12, 2008 by Guest Contributor
Halfway through his first season as a head coach, Fremantle’s Mark Harvey has found the going tough, and Nick Mockford provides an honest assessment of his fortunes thus far.
In a strange way, Fremantle’s 22-point loss to Brisbane at the weekend was one of its high points for the season. Taking on a red-hot Lions outfit at the Gabba, the scoreline was respectable.
Then again, when you’ve won only one of 11 matches, you’ll generally extract any positive you can.
With Daniel Bradshaw ineffective before going off injured in the third quarter, all eyes were on Jonathan Brown as the key man, and Mark Harvey raised eyebrows by giving the undersized Dean Solomon perhaps the biggest job in football.
10 marks and three goals to halftime suggested the move didn’t work, although sceptics probably would have told you that much earlier. It was yet another failed move by Harvey, in a debut season where everything he has touched has seemingly turned to stone. Read more
Sunday March 23, 2008 by Adam McBride
Hawthorn 23.16 (154) def. Melbourne 6.14 (50)
Hawthorn has punished a lacklustre Melbourne outfit by 104 points in the AFL round one game played at the MCG this afternoon.
The Hawks celebrated the Easter weekend in grand style with a dominant four-quarter effort for a near-record victory over the league’s foundation club.
It was the second time in 148 clashes between the two clubs that the Hawks had finished 100 points or more ahead of their inner-city rivals, almost breaking a 25-year record margin of 115 points from the old VFL days at Waverley Park.
While several teams so far this weekend have slowed down in the second half, the revitalised Hawks showed no mercy with a barnstorming eight goals to one in the third term, capping that with a further eight goals in the fourth quarter. Read more