Finals

The game is changing ... but grand finals of any era endure

Will Brodie In his final column for The Sunday Age, Will Brodie reflects on a lifetime of grand finals.

McKenna sacking to have major implications for Essendon

Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.

Guy McKenna won't coach Gold Coast Suns in 2015

Guy McKenna.

Guy McKenna has been sacked as coach of the Gold Coast Suns with a year left to run on his contract.

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Michael Firrito eager to be part of Roos' success after signing on for another year

Michael Firrito, left

North Melbourne has re-signed veteran defender Michael Firrito on a one-year deal.

Heyfield heads heartache list in country footy finals round-up

Party time: Mirboo North celebrates its thrilling one-point win over Newborough in the Mid Gippsland league.

Adam McNicol Heyfield went into the North Gippsland league grand final as a red-hot favourite, having not lost a game for the year.

Tigers' season no false dawn despite finals fade-out

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson The season was a success, the finals a failure, Damien Hardwick soberly, bitterly, opined.

Trent Cotchin wants Tigers' finals pain to 'burn in the gut'

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Jon Pierik As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.

Jekyll-and-Hyde Roos prove finals real deal

Thus far and no further: North Melbourne's Todd Goldstein gets a good grip on Geelong's Mark Blicavs and prevents him from disposing of the ball.

Jake Niall North Melbourne was derided for its inconsistency this year and was widely viewed as a team that alternated, like the girl with the curl, between very good and horrid.

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Terrorism alert forces fans to face tighter security going into finals matches

Fans may be forced to wait longer periods before entering AFL grounds.

Stathi Paxinos AFL fans have been warned to expect longer waits for entry in grounds for the preliminary finals in Sydney and Melbourne and the grand final at the MCG as security is stepped up in the wake of...

AFL finals teams: week three

Cyril Rioli

Daniel Cherny Live coverage of the naming of AFL teams for the third week of the finals.

AFL preliminary finals by the numbers

Jesse Hogan Head-to-head form during the regular season is not necessarily consequential when it comes to finals. For this year's four preliminary finalists, that argument is stronger than usual.

Jake Neade is Port's finals X-factor, says skipper Travis Boak

X-factor: Jake Neade.

He's a livewire indigenous forward dubbed an X-factor in Saturday's AFL preliminary final - but he's not Cyril Rioli.

Weekend finals whip up a football Woodstock

Bob Murphy - dink

Bob Murphy The game may have taken a pummelling, but finals footy brings back the joy.

AFL backs ANZ Stadium for Sydney finals

Big capacity: Lance Franklin celebrates a goal against the Dockers at ANZ Stadium earlier this month.

Andrew Wu The AFL has defended its contractual arrangement to stage Sydney's finals at ANZ Stadium due to its greater capacity than the SCG.

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Port's belief soars as AFL finals proceed, says Brad Ebert

'We believe that we can match it with them [Hawthorn] and win

Port Adelaide's belief is soaring as it hatches plans for a preliminary final heist against Hawthorn, says Power vice-captain Brad Ebert.

Numb Matthew Pavlich urges Dockers to fight on after finals exit

On a mission: Ross Lyon and Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich is still numb following the club's straight-sets finals exit but remains optimistic the team can win a maiden premiership before his time in the AFL is up.

Young Cats make mark in disappointing finals exit

A dejected Tom Hawkins after the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward...

Finals time: when hopes and dreams are put on the line

Bob Murphy.

Bob Murphy In 2008 the Bulldogs were hot. In the first half of the year we'd surged to second on the ladder and with four games to go we were assured of a top-four finish. 

North Melbourne coach says team primed for finals

Jake Niall North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his team is ''primed'' for next Saturday night's final against Essendon and in better shape than ever, with a number of key players set to return.

Lindsay Thomas primed to thrive on finals stage for North Melbourne

Lindsay Thomas

Jesse Hogan Goalless in his two finals, Lindsay Thomas is hungry for Saturday.