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Connolly's finals blog: Week one excitement

We'll have to leave it there for today, folks, thanks for all your questions and comments, sorry to those didn't get time to respond to. Was a sensational weekend of finals action. Let's hope what's still in store can be half as good. See you back here at 12pm next Monday to talk about the semi-finals.

In 20 years of the final eight, we've had only one first weekend of four finals that surpassed the one just gone for excitement. And certainly none producing more upsets.

Four favourites, three beaten. In this extraordinary year of football, a Carlton side that finished ninth, a game shy of the top eight, now plays off for a preliminary final spot. And suddenly, what many thought loomed as a predictable September has been turned on its head.

In 1994, the first year of the eight, one game was drawn, North Melbourne prevailing over Hawthorn in extra time, Geelong beat Footscray after the siren, West Coast hung on against Collingwood by two points, and Melbourne pulled off an unexpected win over Carlton.

But even that wasn't on the scale of these upsets. It's hard to think of two bigger shocks in recent finals history than Fremantle's win over Geelong at its Simonds Stadium fortress and Port Adelaide's eclipse of Collingwood.

To discuss all the excitement stemming from the week one finals matches and other hot topics in the AFL, join a live blog with Age footy expert Rohan Connolly from midday Monday. And you can SEND in your questions right now.


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