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Footy Fix: grand final preview

Rohan Connolly previews the AFL grand final blockbuster between Sydney and Hawthorn.

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That's where we'll leave it for today, folks, and indeed for this year, another draw permitting! Thanks a lot for all the questions, comments and patronage not just today, but all season. Been great fun doing this, and very grateful for all the kind words. Let's meet back here again on a Thursday next March and we'll do it all again! Have a great grand final everyone.

There were echoes of Geelong's massive preliminary final fright against Collingwood five years ago in Hawthorn's near disaster against a gallant Adelaide at the same stage of the season on Saturday night.

Not that the Hawks, having survived, are now going to do anything like the sort of beat-up job Geelong did on grand final day against Port Adelaide five years ago. Unlike the Cats, in Sydney they'll be taking on an outfit more highly rated than was the Power then, the Swans more consistent in performance levels.

Sydney's September has been near faultless, two authoritative wins thus far, and with the added confidence of having already beaten Hawthorn once this season, and pushing it to the brink in the return bout. But, from the Hawks' perspective, if there were any lingering doubts about Alastair Clarkson's team's psychological mettle, the preliminary final should have put them to rest.


What do you think? Are Hawthorn better off having endured such a massive scare against Adelaide to just reach the final Saturday in September? Join Rohan Connolly's special live blog, the 2012 grand final edition, from midday today to have your say and quiz the footy expert. Leave your comment here and come back from noon for Rohan's response.