If you’re missing being able to go to the footy on Easter Saturday afternoon, Geelong Regional Libraries will be hosting an online panel discussion of the infamous 1989 Grand Final.

Join 154-game Cat Mark Yeates, one-time Hawthorn draftee Tony Wilson, author of 1989: The Great Grand Final, and Geelong fan tragic and editor of footyalmanac.com.au John Harms to discuss one of history's greatest games of football.

This match had everything: unbridled violence, high scoring, nine goals by Gary Ablett Snr, broken ribs, a six-goal clawback and finally, a one goal loss.

Participants are encouraged to pose their own questions during the webinar.



Sign up now to enjoy a chance to reminisce on one of the most spectacular games in footy history.

Places are limited to the first 500. Those that miss out will receive a follow-up email from Geelong Regional Libraries with a link for them to view the recorded session whenever they like.


Tony Wilson - Author
Tony Wilson has written two hilarious satirical novels about celebrity and tabloid media. He is also the author of five picture books, and has worked successfully on television (Race Around the World and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Cup Fever!), radio (Triple R’s Breakfasters) and print media (The Age and The Monthly).

John Harms - Facilitator
John Harms is a writer and publisher. He is the editor-at-large of www.footyalmanac.com.au. His book Loose Men Everywhere, about being a long-suffering Geelong fan, was published in 2002. He’s a lot happier these days.

Mark Yeates in action during the 1989 season.

Mark Yeates - Former Cats Player
Mark debuted for the Cats in 1980 and played 154 senior games as a utility player, retiring at the end of 1990. He represented Victoria on two occasions and was named Cats Captain in 1987 before snapping an achilles during pre-season and missing out. He now lives in Geelong and works as a Risk and Compliance Manager at a leading private school.


A full replay of the online discussion will be available on the Geelong Regional Libraries website and YouTube post-event.