Hawks get a culture shock , Can you remember protracted contract talks with a Sydney Swans player? When was the last time a Sydney Swans player publicly embarrassed his club with unacceptable off-field behaviour? How did Sydney Swans handle their coach handover? Why do players improve significantly under the Sydney Swans system? The answer to these questions was on public display for all to see during the 2012 Grand Final.
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Stage set for epic AFL decider ,

One can't help feeling that this Grand Final will go down to the wire and be one of the hardest and toughest finals ever produced. Will it be the Hawks' brilliance or will it come down to the culture of the Swans, asks Grant Thomas.

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Actions Dictate Attitude , Hawthorn can't be selective in their efforts because Sydney will make them pay this weekend if they are tentative or hesitant, writes Grant Thomas.
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Prelim Finals Deliver Magic , I expect Hawthorn to win comfortably and Collingwood to pip Sydney in a thrilling preliminary final that will probably throw up more drama and excitement than the grand final, writes Grant Thomas.
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Mick is still ruffling feathers , Mick Malthouse will be terrific for Carlton. He is an excellent coach - that is undeniable. The charade is over and very quickly people will forget about who said what, where and when.
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Watershed umpiring - remember this moment ,

There was a truly brilliant display when Fremantle defeated Geelong at the MCG and it didn't come from the players, writes Grant Thomas.

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The All Australian nightmare , One of the toughest assignments for the AFL each year is to select the All Australian team, the contents of which are hotly debated all around the country. Sadly, the game is centred around midfielders, writes Grant Thomas.
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Those That Stay Strong Win , Carlton will miss out on Brett Ratten’s development despite evidence suggesting that a club sticking with a coach can lead to success, writes Grant Thomas.
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Lambs to the Slaughter , Grant Thomas says Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was at his shrewdest as the Hawks showed some skin to seduce the sombre Eagles.
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Caeser said thumbs down at Carlton ,

While Brett Ratten was a class act to the end, it should be said that it's a shame the same criteria that saw him sacked as Carlton coach is not applied to everyone at the Blues, writes Grant Thomas.

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