Toast 9 Prelims in 18 Seasons

PonsfordMagpie

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Congrats to the club on reaching another preliminary final, its 9th since 2002.

Prelims = (2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019)

Since 2002, this is the number of prelim final appearances for each club:
  • Geelong = 10
  • Collingwood = 9
  • Sydney = 7
  • Hawthorn = 6
  • St Kilda = 5
  • Port Adelaide = 5
  • Adelaide = 5
  • West Coast = 5
  • Western Bulldogs = 4
  • Brisbane = 3
  • Fremantle = 3
  • North Melbourne = 3
  • Richmond = 3
  • GWS = 3
  • Melbourne = 1
  • Carlton = 0
  • Essendon = 0
  • Gold Coast = 0
We've had a good run, but just haven't translated it into more silverware in the end. Hopefully 2019 changes all of that! :D
 
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jonbe54

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Before people start whining about us failing to convert enough of our chances.

Check the dates.

Expansion clubs with armchair rides from the AFL.

We have done about as well as can be expected.
 

Markfs

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Great analysis. fu** we're a fun team to follow.
i'd love to have your attitude....fun team to follow?...i was watching the game last night with my fellow younger collingwood supporter and there was no fun involved. It was nervous joy followed by tense clock watching; Just after the siren sounded, he asked me how I put up with all those losses over the years and i said to him that it has definitely had an impact on my life. I told him that I would have sold my soul to the devil pre 1990 to see just one premiership. Since then it hasnt got much easier. Seeing that Sheed goal every second minute on the fox promotional adds still cuts me like a knife. There's a lot of words that can be used to describe the journey but fun isnt one of them for me.
 

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i'd love to have your attitude....fun team to follow?...i was watching the game last night with my fellow younger collingwood supporter and there was no fun involved. It was nervous joy followed by tense clock watching; Just after the siren sounded, he asked me how I put up with all those losses over the years and i said to him that it has definitely had an impact on my life. I told him that I would have sold my soul to the devil pre 1990 to see just one premiership. Since then it hasnt got much easier. Seeing that Sheed goal every second minute on the fox promotional adds still cuts me like a knife. There's a lot of words that can be used to describe the journey but fun isnt one of them for me.
Why bother with it then? To me the likelihood of winning the big dance is so slim that I think you need to find something else about the game to enjoy otherwise it'd just be torture.
 

Markfs

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Why bother with it then? To me the likelihood of winning the big dance is so slim that I think you need to find something else about the game to enjoy otherwise it'd just be torture.
I bother because I have no choice. I cant not bother. I cant just go and follow the premier league or something similar.

And yes, I find ways to deal with the torture and I feel fantastic the days after a great win. But I just wouldnt call it a fun experience not to win premierships.
 

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I bother because I have no choice. I cant not bother. I cant just go and follow the premier league or something similar.

And yes, I find ways to deal with the torture and I feel fantastic the days after a great win. But I just wouldnt call it a fun experience not to win premierships.
Fair enough. It seems you enjoy the wins along the way. Probably other things too. Losing premierships sucks, not saying it doesn't. I loved last nights game even though it was tense. I got a lot of enjoyment out of Wills being a wrecking ball, Elliott's epic smother (the dude must be part cheetah, or the flashes love child or something) Howe's big smother. A lot of big moments last night.
 

jonbe54

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Fair enough. It seems you enjoy the wins along the way. Probably other things too. Losing premierships sucks, not saying it doesn't. I loved last nights game even though it was tense. I got a lot of enjoyment out of Wills being a wrecking ball, Elliott's epic smother (the dude must be part cheetah, or the flashes love child or something) Howe's big smother. A lot of big moments last night.
Tays early goal surely flabbergasted both sooky Chris and his team lol.
 

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What a horrible strike rate turning them into premierships. Only 22.2% ;)










:p
Sorry Tarkyn, but I think you'll find converting 8 prelim finals into 1 flag = 12.5% :eek:

So it's even worse than you've stated.

If only we could be half a successful as Hawks strike rate (67%), we'd have won 2 premierships after competing in 8 prelims.
 

caloschwaby

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If winning a game of footy is truly a 50/50 chance over the last 18 seasons, we should've converted those 9 prelims in to 4.5 Grand Final berths (we've made 5, so check).
Further, we should convert those 4.5 Grand Final berths in to 2.25 Premierships (which we have not, yet).
Putting it like that, we're not too behind, but could be far better. I like the 4 Hawks flags they got from 6 prelims :)
 

sirlothie

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Making the prelim was the pass mark for me this year. And with the talent on our list it should be the set pass mark for next year too.
I said the same thing at the beginning of the year. But I never expected it to happen like this. We all thought we were screwed a month ago. But now by hook or by crook we are at prelim and anything can happen from there.

I remember saying with Beams added it should make the ride easier but he has turned out to be a non factor.
 

Markfs

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It shows we're great at overachieving during the season and often making a GF when we're not even close to the best two teams during the year.

Hence our woeful GF record.
You're right to some extent. An excuse for SOME of the losses
 

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