It is the Swans first premiership since 2005, denying the minor premiers the Hawks their shot at the flag. Continue reading
Up against the Swans at ANZ Stadium tonight, Collingwood faces an uphill battle away from home. The Swans have the benefit of the returning Heath Grundy, while Ben McGlynn is omitted due to his hamstring injury. Collingwood loses Alan Didak to a calf injury, making way for Ben Sinclair.
The Fremantle Dockers were the underdogs of the top eight. While the AFL community was hot on the backs of Geelong, Carlton and Essendon, Fremantle went about their business rather unphased. Their regular season form stunned many, knocking off the likes of Geelong, West Coast and North Melbourne during the regular season.
Of all the teams to finish in the top eight, the Geelong Cats threw up the most questions in terms of their dominance, ability and chances.
After a slow start early in the season (the Cats were 4-4 after eight rounds), just three more losses saw them finish a respectable sixth on the ladder. The 5 years before had yielded four grand finals, three flags and preliminary final. Continue reading