Herald Sun - Switched On - - Weekly Preview - THE FI­NAL STORY 1975

Chan­nel 7, Sun­day 11.30am Ron Barassi is an AFL Hall of Fame Leg­end who has been one of the game’s most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures for more than 50 years. Few can match the shadow he casts as a player and coach — 17 grand fi­nals for 10 pre­mier­ships. John Kennedy is a Hawthorn icon and AFL Hall of Fame in­ductee who was renowned for his re­lent­less drive as a player and or­a­tory tal­ent as a coach. When he and Barassi went head-to-head as coaches in the 1975 North Mel­bourne-Hawthorn Grand Fi­nal — the sub­ject of this doc­u­men­tary — it was a clash of epic pro­por­tions. This game is re­mem­bered partly for Kennedy’s half­time plea to his play­ers: ‘‘Don’t think, don’t hope, do. Do some­thing. Come off the ground and say, ‘I did this, I shep­herded, I played on. At least I did some­thing’.’’ Peter Dick­son’s rare doc­u­men­tary-mak­ing skill is on full dis­play here. Not only has pre­vi­ously un­seen footage and au­dio from the re­spec­tive coaches been un­earthed, but re­cent in­ter­views with the play­ers and coaches de­liver an amaz­ing in­sight into a game that even now moves some to tears when they re­call it.

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