Sunday, 30 September 2007
Rampant Cats Destroy Port Power: C'est la vie
Geelong has today, put an end to more than 40 years of heartache and despair with the most comprehensive performance imaginable to destroy Port Adelaide by 119 points in the 2007 AFL grand final.
After a season of dominance, many believed the Cats were capable of an awesome display in the final game of the season but no-one would have foreshadowed such a remarkable display on the biggest stage.
Two years after the Sydney Swans ended the longest premiership drought in VFL/AFL history with a narrow grand final win, Geelong ended its own jinx by winning the club's first flag in 44 years in completely different fashion.
Geelong 24.19 (163) defeated Port Adelaide 6.8 (44) in front of 97,302 fans at the MCG.
After an even opening, Geelong eventually gained the ascendancy and increased its lead at every break. They showed no signs of letting up against their shell-shocked opponents.
The Cats led by 52 points at half-time and that margin could have been even greater if not for inaccuracy in front of goal. With 5.7 on the board at quarter-time and 11.13 by the main break, the match was over early.
Chapman earned best-on-ground honours after two quieter performances in the club's past two finals. He was influential from the opening bounce while the Cats gained early drive from defence from Mackie and Darren Milburn.
Port had few winners but Chad Cornes can hold his head high after putting in a four-quarter effort.
Geelong's 119-point margin surpasses the previous greatest margin in a grand final when Hawthorn destroyed Melbourne by 96 points in 1988.