When you put it like that....I feel for Mayo. Probably only a Pies fan could.
Collingwood had to agonise through 9 unsuccessful Grand Finals before breaking through in 1990.
Many just as bizzare as anything County Mayo in Ireland has been through.
1964. 4 point loss. A back pocket player 100m out of position kicked the winning goal. His only goal for the year!
1966. 1 point loss
1970. 44 points up, but still lose
1977. Draw the Grand Final. Lose the replay.
1979. 5 point loss. Wayne Harmes
1980. Make GF, but out classed
1981. Leading Gf at 3/4, but lose again
1965. Lose Second Semi by 1 point
1969. Minor Premiers, but lose both finals
1972. Double chance, lose both finals.
1973. Lose Prelim after being 45 point up
1975. Lose Elimination Final by 5 points
1978. Lose Prelim 12 points
Between 1958 and 1990,
Collingwood made the finals 21 times for 0 flags.
Twenty one times in a row they failed.
Within the 21 finals failures, 12 times they had the Double Chance.
I do feel for the Saints, but good grief footy can be cruel.
Don't wanna tempt fate but in another 20 years St Kilda might match this. We're off to a flying start with 1991 (First McIntyre final 6- only time in history this ridiculous system was used), 97 (up at 1/2 time GF), 04 (prelim ground invasion- GF awaiting against a cooked Bris who we had beaten in 03 and 04), 05 (leading at 3qt in home prelim with home GF awaiting), and of course 09 and 10.
Incredibly 3 of those losses were part of the catalyst for changing rules:
- Ground invasions (04 Prelim- G Train)
- Instant replay system (09 GF- Hawkins)
- Extra time instead of Replay (2010)
Arguably with current rules St Kilda would've likely won a flag, if not 2 or 3.