lol, i think there were more reasons for them changing it than just Carlton making the GF in 1999, in fact I would go so far as to say the AFL knew they would change the finals format in the year 2000 before the 1999 finals even began.
Surprised Collingwood last year doesn't get more of a mention. Arsed top 4 thanks to a dream draw, lucky to get over GWS at home in week 2 and played the game of their lives against Richmond in the prelim. Still, i'll reserve some judgement until I see them play in the next couple of years.
Port 07 was clearly the worst performance on the day, but they were a better team throughout the year than that.
I went to 2017 grand final. Those Crows were pretty damn ordinary. Same with my 99 Blues and Port 2007 lot.
But with final 8 systems it is not designed to guarantee two best teams meet in last game of year so always going to get a few ordinary ones from time to time when finals systems has sides of a draw similar to tennis tournaments. Did value it more when I knew beyond doubt the two teams in grand final had done enough to earn shot at the premiership. You could not skip teams to get there via final 4 and final 5 systems. You can now plus some clubs getting massive homeground finals that many clubs will not get is just another compromise that did not hamper things when it was more pure finals system. We are not going back to 4 or 5 in finals with 18 clubs so just have to put up with imperfect system.
3 wins against top 8 sides, 2 against the Doggies, one away in Perth. Lost to 10th placed St.Kilda and 11th placed Cats on two occasions. Belted by 13 goals in week 1 of the finals. Lucky they didn't travel to Perth the next week although they did knock off West Coast there coming from 5 goals down so who knows. I'm glad they stayed in the hunt because they produced one of the biggest upsets in Football history upstaging the mighty Bombers in that Prelim. A real cinderella story and so unlikely.
212 votes (at time of writing) and only 95 went Port... that is 117 delusional people (2 off that number hey guys)
2007 was a weak season, and Geelong were miles ahead of the competition and unfortunately it was shown on GF day. Port are by far the weakest runners up of the last 20years, and how they performed in the seasons after 2007 are proof of that.
You’re still looking at a game where the Eagles are playing without their starting midfield. No Cousins, no Kerr, Judd playing forward with OP, no Stenglein, no Fletcher. The QF was closer to our strongest side while still being undermanned. I think we were on a level pegging with Port that year, although clearly unravelling by the end.