On the day, can't go past Port in 07. But that Port 07 side wasn't the worst team of the list of R/Ups. Just came up against one of the better premiers of the era. Wasn't too different a side that won the 04 GF a few years earlier.
But if i had to select a side from that list that you think were lucky to make the GF, Carlton 99 for me.
Carlton were lucky to get to the prelim. Their performance in the prelim though against the bombers was one of a team that gave their all for each other - the pretty much played their grand final there and then, getting up the next week was always going to a tough ask. Lucky to get to a prelim yes but they deserved their appearance on GF day.
Still Port 2007. Was a weak year overall with Port and West Coast 2nd & 3rd on 15 wins and North 4th on 14. Magnified by the record margin on GF day. 2007 wasn't the peak for Geelong, but it was the biggest gap they had to anyone else within a season.
I reckon at full strength we were the second best if not best team that year but faltered after the half way mark. Geelong would've made light work of us in the GF just as they did Port with the side we had on the park.
That however also means that Port were 7-7 against the bottom 10. I don't know the numbers for other Grand Finalists in recent times but on the face of it that is a poor record. As stated before, Port were closer to eighth spot than to the top of the ladder in 2007.
This is the only post where Pies supporters aren't claiming the number one position, best midfield forward line etc - fact is they are the weakest in this case.
Maybe one of them can tells us when the last side lost GF after being 31pts in front. Hate rehashing old history but how about 1970 - guess who?