The premiership race is not wide open

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catscollector

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 30, 2018
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Collingwood's last 5 weeks has them beating 15th by 11, 12th by 5, 18th by 7, 16th by 5 and now 14th by 4. If this is their best footy I don't think any team in the top 8 will be too worried.

lol, you don't think Geelong would be worried about facing them week 1 of finals?
This is the same smug attitude many of our supporters had in 2019 when we faced Collingwood in the QF having finished the year as minor premiers.
 

Wojcinski

Steve Hocking's Polish Friend
Aug 14, 2011
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lol, you don't think Geelong would be worried about facing them week 1 of finals?
This is the same smug attitude many of our supporters had in 2019 when we faced Collingwood in the QF having finished the year as minor premiers.
I'll let you in on a little secret - I'm a supporter of the club, I don't play for them so I have no impact on the results. My attitude has literally zero bearing on any result and the fact that you think it does really worries me.
 

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Wolfgang West

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Jun 22, 2009
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lol, you don't think Geelong would be worried about facing them week 1 of finals?
This is the same smug attitude many of our supporters had in 2019 when we faced Collingwood in the QF having finished the year as minor premiers.
Geelong do not s**t the bed. Opposition they are beating all have.
 

JohnZ

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Mar 10, 2016
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If Geelong actually get to play their finals at home they’ll make the grand final. A disgrace if they aren’t allowed that.
Normally I'd agree, but a third of our ground is currently a construction site, and current games only have enough space for 500 oppo fans. Next year, when we have a capacity of 40k+ it's a no brainer. Footy Park and Subiaco used to hold finals with that capacity, and the Gabba hosted a GF with that capacity.
 

demondavey

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Apr 18, 2005
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I could probably see Collingwood knocking us out in a semi and running Geelong or Sydney to 10 points in a PF. Brisbane I still can’t get a read on. Collingwood just move the ball so well and with a lot of dare. They’re very good to watch.
 

MC Extra Dollop

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Aug 17, 2006
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lol, you don't think Geelong would be worried about facing them week 1 of finals?
This is the same smug attitude many of our supporters had in 2019 when we faced Collingwood in the QF having finished the year as minor premiers.

Bollocks. We'd gone W/L/W/L/W/L for 10 weeks and somehow staggered to our first minor premiership in 11 years. I doubt any Geelong supporter was taking Collingwood lightly. We had absolutely no reason to be cocky. They just beat us, fair and square.
 

Blue1980

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Jun 9, 2011
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What a dumb take.

We play Richmond once (MCG), Collingwood once (MCG), Sydney once (SCG), Giants once (Canberra). All games against teams who fancy (or ar least did before the season started) themselves finalists in 2022.

As for double ups, thats the luck of the draw. St Kilda already took a game off us, and WCE, Port and Doggies were all tipped to be finalists (and potentially top 4).

How anyone could’ve predicted that is beyond me.

West coast weren’t predicted to be finalists, though no one expected them to be quite this bad.
 

Blue1980

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The "Kardinia Park" factor is a massive reason why Geelong's consistent top 4 finishes have amounted to nothing for over a decade.

Until Geelong can play home finals at Kardina Park i'll continue to ignore anything that happens there.

Even the games they lose there?
 

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Kobe Gryant

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lol, you don't think Geelong would be worried about facing them week 1 of finals?
This is the same smug attitude many of our supporters had in 2019 when we faced Collingwood in the QF having finished the year as minor premiers.

Complete revisionist history. I'd seriously like to know where you're getting this from.

Did we think we could win playing at our best? Absolutely, but what fanbase doesn't? Anyone worth their salt knew that Collingwood were coming of a GF appearance in front of a packed MCG with the best ruckman in the competition.

We were hobbling from June to September going win/loss every week with our ruck setup as suspect as it had ever been. Heck we dropped our only semi-competent ruckman minutes before the first bounce. You act like the Collingwood loss came out of no where, it didn't.

We had a large majority of fans write off our premiership hopes in July and August, and you seriously believe they were smug going into the finals. It's laughable.

The last year Geelong supporters went into the finals with any sort of 'arrogance' was 2013. We were the obvious challenger to a great Hawthorn side and had appeared to be the only ones with their measure up until that point.

Ever since then it's been hope for the best but expect nothing, even from the biggest supporters.
 

DeadlyAkkuret

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Mar 10, 2007
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Incorrect. Tonight only further cements the fact Geelong are probably the furtherest ahead of the comp they've been since 2007.

That’s a really big statement. I’ll gladly just wait and see while everyone claims to be premiers in August.


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nineteen eighty

Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 18, 2003
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All things being equal, there are 2 teams who have played clearly the best football...Cats and Demons. By that I mean who has played the best that I have seen. Melbourne are far from their peak but their best is very good. As is Geelong's.

Means * all come finals time though as we all know that all things need to go right to win the GF. No suspensions, no key injuries, form (inc functioning forward line for Demons), etc...

I still have this feeling that Geelong will not succeed but that's purely based on what they've dished up over the last decade in finals. Going in with a couple of men down (Gary Rohan says hi...Dangerfield waves from the back) is not conducive to winning grannies. I will say though there is definitely a different look to them this year.

It's still open for mine though. Let's see how the last month plays out leading into finals.
 
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ThePhantom777

Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 2, 2014
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Incorrect. Tonight only further cements the fact Geelong are probably the furtherest ahead of the comp they've been since 2007.
Cats only beat Pies by 5 points in the 2007 prelim. Fun fact more ppl attended that game than the Cats v Port grand final the next week.
 

Macca180

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Oct 5, 2021
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The Grand Final was the prelim... Cats v Pies

Should of been week after ..that's my point. They were the best two sides.
 

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