Ball provides gripping prelude to big dance

  As published in Collingwood’s 50 Most Sensational Games, 2011. On paper at least, Collingwood deserved to enter this cut throat final against Hawthorn, the first¬† between these competition heavyweights in 33 years, as firm favourites.¬† Yet there were so many ifs, buts and maybes that even several pre-match nerve settlers could not reconcile. Sure,…