Posts Tagged "2011 AFL Grand Final"

Reports of Geelong’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, after the Cats delivered their third premiership in the five years, seeing ogg Collingwood to win by 38 points in a pulsating, goal-for-goal encounter.

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Twenty-two premiership medallions, a Norm Smith Medal and one premiership cup later, a number of men go unrecognised officially in the record books, but their contribution to this almighty Geelong dynasty must not go forgotten.

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He arrived at Geelong with the breeding, the build and a boom. But Tom Hawkins had often been maligned and regarded as inconsistent and an underachiever – until a heavy responsibility landed on his shoulders in the AFL grand final at the MCG on Saturday.

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All week the question was would Steve Johnson play. Boy, did he play.

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Mick Malthouse has said an emotional public goodbye to his players and expressed confidence that Collingwood are in the process of creating an AFL dynasty.

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Three premierships in five years. When you see how hard it is for some clubs to secure one flag – heck, when you see Collingwood go undefeated against 15 teams all year and still fall short – you know that kind of record can only be attained by a truly great football team.

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The AFL is often praised for how well it runs the game. However, they still have room for massive improvement when it comes to grand final ticket allocation.

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Well, the biggest game of the AFL season is now only one day away. Collingwood and Geelong, two worthy opponents, are set to clash to decide who will be this year’s premiership team.

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It’ll either be damn close or a massive blowout in the 2011 AFL Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong. Whatever the result, this decider will be the most intriguing finale in a while.

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So, it has come to this: Collingwood against Geelong. It is the grand final we had to have. The two best teams of the season will, somewhat fittingly, end the season at the ‘G.

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So the match-up we were all anticipating has eventuated. Collingwood and Geelong will play off in the 2011 AFL grand final. The two teams played contrasting preliminary finals, but by each getting over the line they’ve set up a huge week in football.

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Let’s not beat around the bush. Going into preliminary final weekend, Collingwood and Geelong are close to certain grand finalists. It’s nothing against Hawthorn or West Coast, teams who racked up a win tally this season that could win minor premierships in other years.

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