According to Hawk Chris Wittman, ‘It’s the Woodstock of all Grand Finals’ and that seems about right to me. This is a story of the game with the MOST stories. Dipper’s ribs, Dermie and Yeates, Ablett’s perfection, goals, violence, streakers, more violence, more goals. John Platten’s terrible concussion.
And it’s more than a game, too, in the sense that the 1989 round 6 game stands as one of the greats of all time, between the same too teams, and there were great stories running through both clubs all season.
The Hawks and Jeans were focussed on Back to back, for the first time in the club’s history, an obsession for coach Allan Jeans who missed 1988 with an aneurysm, and still felt the pain of losses in the 1984 and 1987 grand finals.
And Malcolm Blight breezed into Geelong like a blinding flash, harnessing a talented bunch of almost stars and turning them into a scoring phononemon.
The book can be purchased here, or in this corona crisis period, you can support Tony Wilson Home Industries and I’ll post you a signed copy. I also have karma packs that I’m both giving away to families doing it tough, and selling to readers who might support an author whose gigs have dried up. See details here.
The launch was at the Glenferrie Hotel just before lockdown on March 12th. Don Scott (special comments that day) said some words. Dermott and Yeates were sensational. Thanks to all who attended.