Greg Baum Hawthorn had the win that needed no explanation; Collingwood the defeat that had no alibi.
Greg Baum This was a tale of the best laid plans of mice and football clubs.
Greg Baum Collingwood and West Coast must simultaneously try to anticipate the other's adjustments.
Greg Baum Hawks get a week off, Magpies must lick their wounds and play a semi-final.
Greg Baum GWS on course to be first club to finish season with more leaders than premiership points.
Greg Baum Usually, a football season takes the form of a crescendo. The 2012 season is only a week old, and already is touching climactic heights.