Hawthorn and Sydney worthy grand finalists
Buddy Franklin led Hawthorn to a sensational win over Sydney earlier in 2013, a team he is reported to be joining in 2014 (AFL media/Slattery Images).
As a passionate Adelaide Crows supporter it is tough for me to write this, but as a football lover I have to. Grand finals in any sport should be between the two best teams in the competition.
For the sake of a quality season finale, if the two best teams are competing on the day you are more often than not going to get a cracking game.
2012 has been one of the most open years in AFL history, with just a handful of games separating first to ninth.
This is all well and good for the minor rounds and the early weeks of the finals to keep everybody interested, but with preliminary final week almost coming to an end, most people are hoping for a Sydney versus Hawthorn grand final.
Collingwood and Adelaide have been worthy top four sides, but the two standouts have been the Swans and Hawks.
The Swans have been at their brilliant tight checking congested best, but this season they have added some speed to skill with the likes of Lewis Jetta, Daniel Hannebry and Ryan O’Keefe tearing teams apart week in, week out.
Hawthorn, on the other hand, have been the sleeping giants of the competition, with their best football being mind blowing and their worst being very poor. Towards the business end of the season, though, they have posted numerous substantial victories.
Back in Round 22 these two sides gave us a taste of what we could witness on the last Saturday in September at the MCG, as they played out an epic contest at the SCG.
After they were jumped early by the Swannies, the Hawks came back from a 38-point deficit to record a seven-point win in a thriller.
So fingers crossed for another great weekend of football in a week’s time.
p.s. go crows