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AFL finals – week 3 results & week 4 (Grand Final) preview

Posted by redracer on September 23, 2007

Some very disappointing results from the Preliminary Finals this weekend …

In the first Preminary Final, Collingwood went down to Geelong by just 5 points😦

Geelong Were ahead for most of the game, but they never got away from the Pies, and the highest margin was around 3 goals. Collingwood did get in front a couple of time, but could not stop the fast running Cats, and sometimes their passing was not very accurate. It was unfortunate thast Josh Fraser was not playing, as the Cat’s Brad Ottens dominated the rucks. ‘Son of God’ Gary Ablett was brilliant. The Cats were ahead by 11 points at 1/4 time, but the margin at the end of each of the other quarters was exactly 5 points !!! Too many Geelong defenders targetted Anthony Rocca, and he just couldn’t get the ball and ended up without a goal to his name. Travis Cloke was the Pies best big man with 3 goals. Alan Didak showed he is the ‘Macedonian Marvel #2’ by kicking the gaol of the year when he was forced off the ball in the forward pocket, but palmed the ball into space and volleyed the goal over his shoulder while falling to the ground. So overall it was a disappointing end to the year for the Pies, but they can be admired for not letting Geelong run away with the game, and they did move from their end of year 6th place up to 4th. The vocal crowd of 98,000 was also the largest at the MCG for many years.

Geelong have now reached their first Grand Final in 12 years, and are looking good to win their first premiership since 1963🙄

In the second Preliminary Final, again for the 2nd time in 3 weeks  the Kangaroos put on a disappointing performance to be absolutely steamrolled by the Power. They were ‘slightly’ competitive in the first quarter to be behind by just 16 points after the Power had kicked 6 stright goals, but after that Port Adelaide just dominated the game with 14 goals to 2. The Kangaroos did not kick a goal in the 2nd quarter, and had just one in the next 2 quarters. To be thrashed twice in a finals campaign was not a fitting end to the career of Shinboner legend Glenn Archer😦

Port Adelaide certainly played well, but do they have the answers to beat Geelong, and win their second Premiership since entering the AFL in 1997 (their 1st was in 2004) ?

  • Geelong beat Collingwood by 5 points – 13.14 – 13.9
  • Port Adelaide beat Kangaroos by 87 points – 20.13 – 5.16

Except in the Collingwood-West Coast game, the winner of each finals match has been the team higher on the ladder, and based on Geelong mid-season run and fianls performance so far, it would be expected that they can win the flag. No one wants to see an interstate team take the cup out of Victoria, and as I have many relatives in Geelong, they do have a soft spot in my heart😆

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