Greg Baum All the goals that Hawthorn could not kick in last year's grand final, it kicked on Saturday.
Greg Baum Hawthorn holds on to beat North Melbourne by three points in a pulsating match.
Greg Baum Hawthorn had the win that needed no explanation; Collingwood the defeat that had no alibi.
Greg Baum History nearly repeated for the Hawks until cool hands prevailed.
Greg Baum Hawks get a week off, Magpies must lick their wounds and play a semi-final.
Greg Baum Suddenly, anyone's season looks distinctly like someone's. At the very least, it is Hawthorn's to lose.
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.
Greg Baum After stuttering starts to the season, no two teams in the AFL needed this win more.
Greg Baum Jeff Kennett is the man who is always going away and never goes.
Greg Baum Seasons change, teams change, rules change, but THE rule doesn't.
Greg Baum Will Strange befriended Cyril Rioli when he arrived at Scotch College from Melville Island.
Greg Baum Hawthorn's two tumbles from grace have reminded fans to cherish what they have.
Greg Baum Some would have this grand final as a contest for Melbourne-Sydney honour. They are like uniformed Japanese sentries who, until the '70s, periodically emerged from the jungles of Malaysia, still...
Greg Baum The Sydney Swans will never know how they won this premiership, except that it is the way they always win.
Ashley Porter and Greg Baum Adelaide will go into next Saturday's preliminary final against Hawthorn without another key forward.
Greg Baum Three certainties characterise the Geelong-Hawthorn rivalry, the grandest of the age.