Well, who would have thought it? Here we are, days from a Grand Final, being held at the Gabba. Unfathomable. Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered the nation's largest sport a lifeline. Perhaps now she'll hand the Gabba a lifeline with a renovation. Surely now, she'll have the opportunity to after winning another election next month.
What is fathomable is the two teams lining up this Saturday night.
Defending champions, no one is surprised they've made the season finale. Despite not hitting their straps for extended periods in 2020, Richmond always turned up when it mattered. Frustrating when your team plays against them, Richmond continues to suffocate all before them. Watching Richmond leaves you confused; their preliminary final win against Port the perfect example.
Like so many Richmond games, it left me thinking they aren't that good. You know they are. It might not be the best-looking football; Richmond's pressure takes away the opposition's ability to follow their game plan.
You might dominate the inside 50 count - just as Port did a week ago - Richmond's defensive work ensures these entries are more often than not long, rushed balls. Eventually, they turn one of your forward entries into a deep, quality inside fifty of their own.
The Cats have tried to remain competitive since their grand final appearance in 2011, aggressively chasing additions throughout the decade. Despite numerous preliminary finals appearances, a grand final remained elusive. Remarkably, most felt they could never win the flag.
2020 has seen it all click.
No longer is this Dangerfield, Selwood, and Hawkins show. It might be the Parfitt and Miers show now. No, Geelong does not rely on these two; they are two of the sorts of players whose increase in output has seen Geelong reach the season finale.
Similar to the Tigers, Geelong looks to take away what you do well. They are, however, a much more enjoyable watch. Their skills by foot are second to none on their day. These skills will need to stand up on Grand Final day. If not, the Tigers pressure game will take hold.
Tips & same game multi selections!
Like all sensible neutrals (Hawks fans are an exception here), I am all in on the Geelong Bandwagon.
Head to Head - Geelong
Norm Smith - Tom Hawkins
First Goal - Gary Rohan
The 12 Legger! Suggest entering once with Geelong & once with Richmond winning!
15+ Touches - Prestia, Houli, Dangerfield, Selwood, Parfitt.
Anytime goal - Lynch, Riewoldt, Dangerfield, Ablett, Miers, Tuohy.
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