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.


Marie said...

What do they play? I am an ignorant :-)

M.Benaut said...

OK, Marie,

This is the national game of Australia. It is known as Australian Rules Football.

There are 2 or 3 other inferior codes of Football that are played in this country, such as soccer and rugby.
Soccer is referred to in Europe, as football, and is a game of skill and very highly regarded, even by the affictionados of Australian Rules.

However, Aussie Rules is the supreme code of the sport of football and is very fast moving and the goals are achieved more quickly and the scores are much higher.
It is a game that requires intelligence, speed and skill, whereas rugby requires nothing more than momentum and mass.
Aussie rules utilizes aerial movements of the ball and speed and supreme teamwork.
Once you have seen a game of Australian Rules football, one would never give a second glance to the inferior codes.
It is very sad that our Adelaide team was beaten by our rivals in Melbourne, however will will KILL them next year, God willing.

Anonymous said...

Australian Rules Football. I never heard of it either. I only know American Football which is not what the rest of the world likes.

I have one or two teams that I used to watch but they are old now too.

Like me.

Anonymous said...

But the question is "who's going to win the in the league?"
I do not get the aerial ping pong i really don't.

CaBaCuRl said...

Deepest commiserations,M.Benaut, on your team's loss yesterday.I have to tell you I take full responsibility for Port's failure...EVERY team i have backed this winter has lost, and i was supporting Port against the Cats. Not looking good for Manly tonight in the NRL or the Wallabies in France. Undoubtedly I have bestowed the kiss of death!