Jon Pierik AS rain fell during today's traditional parade, Swans' rugby convert Mike Pyke could only say he was hopeful of facing Hawthorn, with the possibility Melbourne's fickle weather could dictate his...
Mark Neeld TODAY'S contest looms as a classic. Both Sydney and Hawthorn have had consistent, stand-out seasons and both have legitimate claims to football's ultimate prize.
Andrew Wu MIKE PYKE will learn this morning whether his chances of a historic grand final berth have been washed away by Melbourne's weather.
Jon Pierik Sydney's rugby convert Mike Pyke could only say he was hopeful of facing Hawthorn.
Emma Quayle It takes time to piece together a premiership side. It takes even more to keep it at the top.
Michael Voss The secret to Hawthorn's grand final chances may be the worst-kept secret in the AFL.
Mark Neeld Both teams have had standout seasons and both have legitimate claims to the prize.
Matt Murnane and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn says that while it wasted an opportunity it did not fumble a premiership.
The Connolly Report
Rohan Connolly You can analyse, theorise and pore over all the science you like in football, but sometimes the explanations are nothing more complex than some missed chances.
The 2012 AFL Grand Final player rankings. Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd runs the rule over the 44 players who took to the field at the MCG.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin was certainly Hawthorn's most potent player in the grand final.
Jesse Hogan For all the exhaustive analysis of what separates premiership teams from their grand final opponents, the recent era has been defined by something incredibly basic - accurate goalkicking.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jake Niall Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.
Jon Pierik AS A high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his pupils when his days at Hawthorn are over.
John Pierik As a high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his students when his days at Hawthorn are over.
Robert Walls The hot and hungry Hawks should be too good for the mediocre Magpies.
Scott Spits It's the most keenly-awaited final of week one of the 2012 AFL finals series. Hawthorn v Collingwood: a genuine blockbuster.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.