Great grand final matchups we were robbed of

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Some off the top of my head:

  • 2007: West Coast vs. Geelong
Really felt we were robbed of this one. The best team of the 2005/2006 period vs. the one for 2007-2011. WCE imploded with the scandals. Both teams had similar styles: a low kick-to-handball ratio. Lots of handballs and overlap running through the middle of the ground, making for entertaining football. They played once in round 7 or 8; it was at Skilled; WCE was undefeated, while Geelong was demolishing teams. The Cats won by 5 goals or so; it got down to 20 points with 8 minutes left.

A healthy, firing WCE was the best foil to Geelong in 2007. It's a shame we never saw them square off, both 100%, at the MCG.

  • 1994: West Coast vs. North Melbourne
Two best teams of the '90s. Would've been awesome to have seen Jackovich vs. Carey on the grandest stage of them all.

  • 1999: North Melbourne vs. Essendon
The last hurrah of North, up against Essendon, the next one up.

  • 2018: Richmond vs. West Coast
The two best teams all year. Was a shame we never saw this matchup.
 
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In four successive years, 1997-2000, the long-expected and highly-desired Grand Final match up failed to materialise:

1997: St Kilda v Bulldogs - Finished 1st and 2nd; the two downtrodden battler clubs with huge droughts to break
1998: North v Bulldogs - Clearly the two best H&A teams; played the Game of the Year in Round 22; Dogs spent the entire season either 1 or 2 on the ladder
1999: North v Essendon - You know the rest...
2000: Essendon v Carlton - 1 and 2 on the ladder; huge winning streaks during the H&A; traditional rivals; and the ultimate re-match for the 1999 PF

A few more:

2019: Richmond v Collingwood - Oh what might have been. And oh dear what actually was.

2013: Hawthorn v Geelong - Would have been the ultimate denouement after 2008 and the Geelong dominance thereafter ("And if it had been half as good as the Prelim...")

1981: Carlton v Geelong - Not suggesting it would have been a good game, but one bloke missing a bus made a hell of a difference in determining the actual GF matchup that year
 

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An NRL one - in the early-mid 1990s a Grand Final between superpowers and big time rivals the Brisbane Broncos and Canberra Raiders seemed inevitable. Yet the finals series results of this era never fell the right way to allow a Brisbane/Canberra Grand Final, and when first the Raiders and then the Broncos faded away as powerhouses, there still has never been a premiership decider between these two teams.
 

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A St Kilda-Footscray GF in 97 would have had the best build-up. Result would have been irrelevant.

And all their dreams were foiled by this man.

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Freo would have belted them

You could only beat us without Chapman and Enright. Freo were cooked by grand final day.

Out of all the preliminary finals and Grand Finals between 2012-2015 you lost the free kick count only once.
Amazing stuff from a side that played on the edge.
How much did you pay the umpires?
 
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You could only beat us without Chapman and Enright. Freo were cooked by grand final day.

Out of all the preliminary finals and Grand Finals between 2012-2015 you lost the free kick count only once.
Amazing stuff from a side that played on the edge.
How much did you pay the umpires?

Oh please like 2012, Fremantle had Geelong's measure in 2013 :)
 
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That old 1st week of finals is a big issue for us but what wasn’t an issue was beating Hawthorn.
You needed key injuries to us to get over the line. Not just Chapman and Enright but Linc McCarthy, Menzel and Cowan all who were be best 22.


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Biggest belly laugh since "I do not recall". Hawthorn had way more scoring shots than Geelong on the night and would have still beaten Geelong regardless of the team line up.
 

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