Greg Baum Collingwood and West Coast must simultaneously try to anticipate the other's adjustments.
Greg Baum Collingwood says its rousing semi-final victory over West Coast last Saturday indicates that it is rising as a sustainable force in the finals series, as Geelong did last year.
Greg Baum The story of last night's finals football was told in one post-modern moment in the first quarter at Sydney's ANZ stadium.
Greg Baum With free agency thrown in, trade week now goes for a month.
Greg Baum For Melbourne, the season has been reduced to mitigation of its margins of defeats.
Greg Baum It is one thing for a game to become a mismatch on the day. It is another for it to be a mismatch before it begins.
Greg Baum This was one quarter of match, three quarters of match practice. The first quarter was Melbourne's nod to the occasion, the biggest day of its football year.
Greg Baum The contract for the grand final we had to have is almost complete, but only after an epic escape by Collingwood.
Greg Baum For the whole of the final frantic minute, the Eagles could well have reversed that result.