Geelong win AFL Grand Final 2011

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    Geelong win AFL Grand Final 2011

    Geelong win the AFL Grand Final 2011. Slattery Images.

    The Geelong Cats have produced a stirring fourth quarter in front of 99,537 fans at the MCG to win the AFL Grand Final. Ahead by seven point in the third quarter, the Cats surged to clear out Collingwood, winning by 38 points in convincing fashion.

    Final Score: Geelong 119 – Collingwood 81

    The Cats won 18.11 (119) to 12.9 (81) to hand coach Chris Scott a flag in his first year in charge and deny Magpies mentor Mick Malthouse a fairytale finish to the 28th and last year of his decorated coaching career.

    Last year, when they were emphatically dumped by the Magpies in a preliminary final, it had seemed extremely unlikely the ageing 2007 and 2009 premiers could return to the top, particularly when star play Gary Ablett and coach Mark Thompson then left the club.

    But it was the younger Collingwood outfit, which had looked on track to create their own dynasty when they won last year’s flag, that were made to look tired and flat-footed late in Saturday’s game as Geelong surged to glory.

    Star forward Steve Johnson answered queries over his recovery from a knee injury in stunning style with four goals, while oft-maligned young key forward Tom Hawkins answered his critics with three majors in a decisive third term and a brilliant start to the last.

    Midfielder Jimmy Bartel combined a typically courageous and hard-working game with three crucial majors, while Joel Selwood was a fearless midfield ball-winner and defender Tom Lonergan shut down Collingwood’s Travis Cloke, who had kept the Magpies in touch with three goals early in the game.

    While Geelong’s decision to select Johnson paid off, Collingwood were made to pay for gambling on players under injury clouds, particularly tall backman Ben Reid, whose struggle to run made him a liability in defence in the second half, allowing Hawkins to dominate.

    The Norm Smith Medallist winner was Jimmy Bartel, with the Norm Smith voting:
    Jimmy Bartel 13 (3 3 3 3 1)
    Joel Selwood 9 (2 2 2 2 1)
    Tom Hawkins 5 (3 2)
    Scott Pendlebury 2 (1 1)
    Cameron Ling 1 (1)

    – with AAP

    Tristan Rayner
    Tristan Rayner

    Tristan is a writer, consultant, racing enthusiast and former Editor of The Roar who has turned the Melbourne Cup into a year-round study via racingtalk.com.au.

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    The Crowd Says (13)

    • October 1st 2011 @ 5:39pm
      Johnnyo said | October 1st 2011 @ 5:39pm | ! Report

      Well done Geelong! Anyone but Collingwood!

    • October 1st 2011 @ 6:09pm
      D-Hi said | October 1st 2011 @ 6:09pm | ! Report

      Well done Cats: richly deserved

    • October 1st 2011 @ 6:12pm
      p.Tah said | October 1st 2011 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

      Well done Geelong!! What a dynasty.

    • October 1st 2011 @ 6:57pm
      Fx 140 said | October 1st 2011 @ 6:57pm | ! Report

      WE ARE GEELONG!!!!!

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      October 1st 2011 @ 7:52pm
      Alfred Chan said | October 1st 2011 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

      *Breaking News* Mick Malthouse has just quit the Collingwood Football Club. He WILL NOT be the director of coaching next year.

      • October 2nd 2011 @ 12:01am
        Kuruki said | October 2nd 2011 @ 12:01am | ! Report

        He will go to Carlton

    • October 1st 2011 @ 11:07pm
      Stumpy said | October 1st 2011 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

      Well I’m no Cats fan but this team has to be one of the greatest teams of all time.

      First their win loss record is incredible over the last five years.

      3 flags and under the salary cap system, It’s an amazing feat.

      I know Brisbane won 3 but they had salary cap concessions that allowed them to carry at least 3-4 top line players above what any other side in the comp could do.

      It was a great game and has Tom Hawkins had he converted his chances in the last quarter he would have been a worthy NS medalist, he was near unstoppable.

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