Hawthorn v Collingwood, MCG, 7.45pm AESTFinals week one preview videos: click here
It’s the most keenly-awaited final of week one of the 2012 AFL finals series. Hawthorn v Collingwood: a genuine blockbuster. The Hawks finished on top of the ladder with a 17-5 record, ahead of Adelaide thanks to their outstanding percentage. The Magpies claimed fourth spot and the double chance with a 16-6 record.
7.02pm – The big rumour of the day has been confirmed. In a blow to the Hawks, important midfielder Jordan Lewis is out of the team. Shane Savage comes in to the Hawthorn 22.
6.45pm – The finals are finally here but the weather in Melbourne hasn’t signalled the start of spring. It’s been blowing a gale over the past two days and the cold weather is biting. None the less, the excitement around Melbourne is genuine. We’re only about an hour away from the start of the Hawks-Magpies blockbuster.