Moved Thread Best runner up side from 2013-15 - Fremantle, Sydney or West Coast?

Which of these runner up sides was the best?


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kane249

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Was pretty comfortable for them at half time thanks to the team having collective stage fright in front of goals, iirc the main difference in the game at that point was simply that the Hawks finished their chances and the Dockers didn’t
You could make the same argument about opponents not converting with the Eagles as well

2013
Freo 0.3 1.6
Hawks 2.3 5.5

2015
Eagles 1.5 3.8
Hawks 5.0 9.3

The Hawks just knew how to execute when it mattered most
 

Numero Uno

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finished higher than the Hawks in home and away and then bent them over in the QF
but because of the staggering advantages Vic sides are gifted, had to play the Gf on their home ground..A privilege they didn't earn or deserve
 

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Lsta062

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THe 2014 Sydney team was amazing on its day, but really f’ed up in the Grand Final. I still remember that 2014 team absolutely humiliating Geelong by something like 107 points. It was the most complete and perfect display I have ever seen from a Swans team.
That game shocked me so much. Geelong were a top 4 side, so I was really confused as to what was going on. Great performance by Sydney.
 

Roddy

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Good discussion, and highlights what a big, fat pile of utter BOLLOCKS the 'Hawthorn's dynasty was not as good because of the weaker opposition' argument is. The Clarkson dynasty's opposition was:
2008 - Cats: arguably the greatest runners-up in history
2014 - Swans, finished top, had an extraordinarily powerful side that was premiers two years prior, a side that Mick described as something like 'unbeatable'.
2015 - A strong weagles side that beat us a few weeks earlier and won a flag a few years later.
And the side that got the closest to us on the day was Freo!
So bollocks to that argument....
 

BF Tiger

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Freo for mine. IIRC they were deers in the headlights in the first half. 1.6.12 to half time with some easy misses in there. Came back well in the third quarter, closed the gap to three points but then Hawthorn did what Hawthorn did.
 

cherrypie

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Adelaide: Rory Laird
Brisbane: Allen Christensen
Carlton: Paddy Dow
Collingwood: Brayden Maynard
Essendon: Michael Hurley
Fremantle: Rory Lobb
Geelong: Mark Blicavs
Gold Coast: Peter Wright
GWS: Jeremy Finlayson
Hawthorn: Chad Wingard
Melbourne: Jack Viney
North: Jack Ziebell
Port: Ollie Wines
Richmond: Josh Caddy
St Kilda: Jake Carlisle
Sydney: Isaac Heeney
West Coast: Dom Sheed
Bulldogs: Bailey Williams
 

RUNVS

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Adelaide: Rory Laird
Brisbane: Allen Christensen
Carlton: Paddy Dow
Collingwood: Brayden Maynard
Essendon: Michael Hurley
Fremantle: Rory Lobb
Geelong: Mark Blicavs
Gold Coast: Peter Wright
GWS: Jeremy Finlayson
Hawthorn: Chad Wingard
Melbourne: Jack Viney
North: Jack Ziebell
Port: Ollie Wines
Richmond: Josh Caddy
St Kilda: Jake Carlisle
Sydney: Isaac Heeney
West Coast: Dom Sheed
Bulldogs: Bailey Williams
Was this post meant to be in the thread about overrated players?
 

jsdsgn

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Fremantle was the most competitive on the day but I think the Swans were definitely the best outfit - they had a bad day though.
Swans were consistent throughout that 2012-17 period, always a top 4 side. Unlucky not to have 2 or possibly even 3 flags.
 

juss

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They werent flashy but Freo for me. Just really disciplined and effective, if they kicked better and didn't miss a lot of gettable shots early (1.6 to half time 8.14 for the match), they could have easily won that.

Despite the poor kicking they were still in the match til very late, 10 down at 3 quarter time and 15 down by the end.

Edit: over the seasons though Swans probably the best outfit on paper.
 

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emuboy

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Option 4 - None of the above.

Fremantle, Sydney and the West Coast Eagles were all soundly beaten by Hawthorn in these Grand Finals and never did any of them look a chance of winning.
 

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