Junior Almanac 2015: In a tense finish, the Mighty Hawks win the day

One of the most popular pieces that appeared on the Footy Almanac website last year was Kaisha Thompson’s match report of one of the all-time classic preliminary finals; last year’s Hawthorn vs. Port Adelaide thriller at the MCG (and yes, Port fans, we totally understand that some of you may not – in anyway – be ready to look at the game objectively yet, so we hope you’ll indulge us with the ‘all-time classic’ reference).

With the 2015 footy season upon us in only a matter of sleeps, we’d love to hear from our younger readers; we want to encourage a future generation of writers and sports lovers to back themselves in with their words and enjoy the buzz that comes from seeing yourself published and read, by joining our community of writers this season.

Writers like Callum O’Connor, Paddy Grindlay, Sean Mortell, Bridget Schwerdt, Max Wiggins, Anna Pavlou and of course, Kaisha – as well as many others – have shared their words with us over a number of years and watching their progress has been great.

Join in. All are welcome.

As Hawthorn gets set to defend their 12th AFL premiership here’s Kaisha’s Hawthorn vs. Port Adelaide match report from last year, as well as a wonderful video of support for our CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN. If you’ve already pledged some of your hard-earned, we can’t thank you enough as we approach the end of the push.

Enjoy some classic Junior Almanac words from Kaisha Thompson


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Hawthorn v Port Adelaide 

by Kaisha Thompson (aged 8)


They start the action with Port Adelaide running through the banner, bold and brave.  Not many supporters but they scream very loud.  Next the Hawks run through the banner as if they know they’re going to win.  They have the most supporters, but will they win?


The national anthem is playing and every one of the players and supporters, Port Adelaide or Hawthorn feels proud to live in Australia.


Hawthorn won the toss and are playing at the city end.


The siren rings loudly 20 sec, 15 sec, 10 sec, 5 sec, 4,3,2,1 START.


Port Adelaide start with a point, then a goal.  No score for the Hawks and they’re favourites.  Hawthorn take a mark and it goes out.  The throw in comes and Sammy gets it.  Port takes at mark at 4.49 runs up, kicks, point – unlucky.  Hodgey gets a kick, he kicks the ball but Hawks miss it.  Another mark for Port right near their goal but only gets a point.   Roughead gets a kick. HAWKS 1st GOAL of the game!


Langford takes a mark.  Another goal for Hawks and they’re in the lead.  Free kick to Port Adelaide.  Mark to mark to mark.  BOOM.  Point to Port Adelaide.  Another point to Port.  Now a point to Hawks.  What is up with these points?  Hodge goes to kick, another point, jeez.  Goal to Port.  At least it wasn’t a point.  Another point for Hawks. 21.00 the scores are 15 Hawks to 17 Port.  Port got another mark then another point, then another.  EH all these points.  Another mark by Port and ANOTHER POINT!  URGH.  Now a goal, phew but by Port so not to my taste.  At the end of the quarter the scores are Hawks 15 Port Adelaide 27.  Port are in the lead by 12 points.


In the second quarter the Hawks passing is much better.  OOH it’s out.  Port get a kick.  Hawks take a mark. Port take the ball and get a mark.  Accusation for throwing goes against Hawthorn.  Grrrr.  Mark for Hawks.  Another mark for Hawks and a GOAL!  Port take the ball and get a mark.  Goal to Hawks and now they are just 1 point behind.  Suckling just kicked a goal for Hawks and now are in the lead.  Port take a mark and SCORE A GOAL and are now in the lead.  Another goal for Port.  Will they win?  Roughead kicked a goal but it wouldn’t have happened without Gunston.  Isaac Smith just kicked a goal gracefully but hard.  Kick to Langford and gets a mark. At 26.00 the scores are Hawthorn 45 Port Adelaide 40.  Port just took a point.  Roughead got a free kick and GOAL.  Hawks are now on 51.  YEAH.  Hawks take a mark, and another, almost a goal but just stopped by Port.  At the end of the 2nd quarter Hawks 51 Port 41.


It’s been a great half for both teams.  1st quarter Port were great.  2nd quarter Hawks were great. So I think they were both fabulous.


Hawks get tackled and Port surprisingly kick a goal.  Now Hodgey for Hawks kicks a goal just before the line.  WOOHOO!  And another from ROUGHEAD this day is getting better and better.  Another sweet sweet goal for the Hawks.  YES! Port kicked another goal from no. 6 and another.  Only 10 points between them.  Hawks a point and another point.  Hale kicks a great goal.  GO HAWKS. A point to Port.  Who will win?  NOT to my surprise ROUGHHEAD kicked a goal just before the siren.  The score is Hawkers 84 Port 61.  The pressure is getting to everyone, it could be anyone’s game.


Port have come back with an extraordinary goal in the first 2 minutes.  Hawks take a mark then it goes to Port but it shouldn’t of because Spangher got tackled but didn’t have it in his hands.  Point to Port, yikes.  Another wonderful goal from Hawk’s Isaac Smith.  Gunston GREAT GOAL another for Hawks.  Rough-head a point but oooh 36 from Port Adelaide was injured.  Goal for Port Adelaide BIG SHOCKER.  Mark leads to GOAL for Port and another goal to Port.  2 goals and Port could win….1 goal to Port 1 more to win.  URGHHH 1 point to Power, phew.  The siren goes.  HAWKS WIN.  Port was amazing but in the end Hawks came out on top.




The game was a close call, only 3 more points and Port Adelaide would have won. I for one loved the way both teams were awesome, they were graceful and were hard but fair.


The grand final next Saturday will be a tough match against the Swans with great players fighting great players, good players fighting good players. What will happen?  I think it will be Sydney to win but I would prefer them not to.



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