Living in Kalgoorlie in 1988, I missed Melbourne's run to the Grand Final.
My Demon maties regularly tell me about that year's Preliminary Final. Sorry. No rousing Grand Final success story here I'm afraid.
About Gary Lyon's goal from the wing. About Steven O'Dwyer's criminal suspension. About how good Jamie Duursma was on Steven Kernahan.
That rainy September day Duursma flogged Kernahan and all the talk was about how Kernahan spent the whole game running after Duursma, trying to kill him. Everyone thought it was because Kernahan had been getting a hiding.
Courtesy of an old Warren Dean interview - carefully cut out from the Worst Australian and preserved in hospital strength Domestos - it turns out everyone was wrong:
As for the funniest stunt he's seen on a football field, Dean says he can't go past a Carlton-Melbourne clash in 1988.
"Jamie Duursma was given the job on Steven Kernahan, who was in pretty good form at the time," Dean said.
"Before the match he put his finger up his backside and wiped it on the bridge of Kernahan's nose. True story."
"Kernahan spent the next five minutes trying to knock Duursma's block off. He certainly succeeded in putting him off his game."