Grand Final

Sydney Swan Ben McGlynn on threshold of grand-final destiny ... at last

Andrew Wu Not a day has gone by in the past two years that Ben McGlynn has not thought about the premiership he was cruelly denied by injury.

Uni Blacks belt Collegians in VAFA grand final

Uni Blacks celebrate their first Premier division flag in 40 years.

Brent Diamond Uni Blacks coach Cam Roberts says it is "good to get the monkey off the back" after winning their first premier division flag in 40 years, belting Collegians by 44 points in the VAFA grand final at...

Hawthorn into another grand final after thrilling win over Port Adelaide

Happy Hawks: David Hale celebrates a goal with Jarryd Roughead.

Emma Quayle Hawthorn will play Sydney in next week's grand final for a shot at its 12th premiership and second set of back-to-back flags, in the most dramatic possible reunion with former star forward Lance...

Swans fans face expensive scramble to make it to AFL grand final

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Lucy Cormack After Friday’s 71-point dismantling of North Melbourne in the AFL preliminary final, Sydney fans are facing a costly scramble to grab flights, accommodation and tickets for next Saturday's...

Sam Reid tipped to be right for grand final

Sam Reid celebrates a goal.

Sydney are confident Sam Reid will be fit for next Saturday's AFL grand final after the big forward jarred his knee in their huge preliminary final victory over North Melbourne.

Sydney Swans confident Sam Reid will be fit for grand final

Key component: Sam Reid.

Andrew Wu Sydney are optimistic Sam Reid has only jarred his knee and will be available for the grand final after his injury scare on Friday night.

Hawks pair Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell not ruled out for grand final start

Brad Sewell remains a chance to play in the AFL Grand Final should Hawthorn qualify.

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell could yet play in the grand final if the Hawks make it, Alastair Clarkson said.

Adam Goodes rolls back the years as Sydney Swans reach grand final

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Andrew Wu The Sydney faithful came to see Lance Franklin kick their side into a grand final, instead they were given a two-for-one meal deal and also taken for a trip down memory lane by their last superstar.

Cyril Rioli to play VFL if Hawthorn reaches grand final

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Jesse Hogan Cyril Rioli's near three-month absence from playing is set to end this weekend in the VFL, as Hawthorn prepares for him to make a dramatic return for next weekend's grand final.

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Sydney seems set to take another flag home

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Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.

Port Adelaide coach Hinkley praises his warriors but says they still have to get better

Ken Hinkley talks to his players during a break in the game.

Rohan Connolly A proud Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley lauded the efforts of his young side which came so close to a grand final berth on Saturday night, but also warned that the Power would need to keep improving...

AFL preliminary final Hawthorn v Port Adelaide

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Ronny Lerner Hawthorn is looking to set up another grand final clash against Sydney but Port's form has been irresistible during the finals series. Could an upset be in the offing?

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Port Adelaide has six months to rue lost chances

All good things come to an end: Port Adeladie players ponder what might have been after being pipped to the grand final by Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide charged through a gap against Fremantle. Now it knows what it feels to be like on the opposite side.

Return of Footscray in VFL bringing unexpected benefits for Bulldogs

Bulldogs players celebrate after winning the VFL preliminary final against Port Melbourne.

Jesse Hogan Improving and expediting the development of young players was the inspiration behind Western Bulldogs' creation of a standalone VFL team.

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.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Australian football

Tom Faul hopes all Christmases come at once in AFL draft

Jon Tuxworth He grew up spear fishing and snorkelling on remote Australian territory of Christmas Island, but Ainslie's Tom Faul could be the Australian Capital Territory's next AFL recruit.

Box Hill Hawks looking to go back-to-back in VFL grand final

Ben McEvoy of the Hawks and Nick Meese of  Williamstown compete for the ball during the VFL preliminary final at North Port Oval on Sunday.

Brent Diamond Hawthorn’s VFL affiliate, the Box Hill Hawks, will aim to go back-to-back when it meets Footscray in next Sunday's VFL grand final at Etihad Stadium, after a pulsating seven-point preliminary...

Young Bulldogs overrun Port Melbourne to make VFL grand final

Happy days: Footscray’s Brett Goodes (left) celebrates with Jason Johannisen during Saturday’s preliminary final.

Brent Diamond Footscray coach Chris Maple hopes Bulldogs fans will travel to Etihad Stadium in droves next Sunday after his team remarkably made the VFL grand final in its return season as a stand-alone team after...

Tiger cub arrival might upset Richmond in grand final week

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Liam Mannix Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin’s finals campaign faces a possible pregnant pause, with wife Brooke Kennedy expected to give birth during grand final week.