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The Meaningless AFL Review: 2019 Preliminary Finals

AND HERE WE FRIKKIN’ GO- THE 2019 GRAND FINAL IS SET.

RICHMOND

The Tiggy Train goes toot toot!

AND THE ORANGE SOVIETS TO THE WEST OF THE TOWN

As pointed out by /u/EricIdlesCat, this is only the 2nd time in the history of the VFL/AFL that neither of the Top 2 teams will appear in the Grand Final.

The other instance was 1980.

You can probably guess where this is heading.


Richmond (12.13-85) defeated Geelong (9.12-66) @ The MCG

The great thing is, you can’t tell if this is from 2017 or 2019

“I didn’t think he had a huge influence on the game.”

Chris Scott on Chris Scott’s coaching

At Half Time, I was laughing and thinking it was going to happen again to Richmond, as Dusty kept galloping to and from the bench like he was lame in his off-fore, and Gryan Miers was the 2019 edition of Mason Cox against Liam Baker.

Unlike their recent Prelim Finals, the Cats showed up in the 1st Quarter, Tim Kelly was fantastic, Patty Dangerfield was Patty Dangerfield, Gary Ablett Snr was stuck at the bar as Gary Jnr did his thing, and the Cats were 21 points up at the break.

Then of course, the 2nd Half happened, and Gryan started picking out Tigers players as Baker won the war, Gary Snr came back from the bar, and for all I know, Danger had as many effective disposals as Jack Graham… who was playing on with a dislocated shoulder most of the game.

As Tommy Hafey once said, there’s nothing more Tigerish than a bloody Tiger, a wounded Tiger.

In fairness, Patty was also seriously injured, having been smacked by the Karma Bus, following his dive to get a free kick and 50 on Half Time.

Just highlighting how dominant the 2nd Half was, the Tigers recorded 37 Inside 50s to 19, and the score was 8.8-56 to 2.3-15.

It was the perfect cocktail of the week off fresh legs kicking in, All-Australian defenders coming to the fore, and Gold Coast Suns players finally making the sort of impact on a Finals Series that Vlad had always dreamed of.

Dusty got into the game, Bachar Houli had career highs in everything, Dion Prestia played the game of his life, and Tom Lynch kicked 5 goals, and you’d think he was the key forward who had played in three consecutive Prelim Finals, unlike Jack Riewoldt.

In fairness to Jack, he came into his own in the final quarter, and you may think 3 behinds is a really poor night, but without those 3 behinds, the margin would’ve been 16 points with 3 minutes to go, and the Cats still alive through a respirator.

As one key forward stood up, another watched on from the Geelong Coaches’ Box.

The gravity of Tomahawk’s actions hit home as the Cats struggled for forward targets all night, but especially when they needed a goal with 3 minutes to go to make things interesting, and they nearly got one, as Sam Menegola launched a rocket from 50 which was right on target.

Only for Lachie Henderson to try and mark it on the goal line, and spill it over for a behind.

Not even 10 seconds after the siren went… You’re savages Channel 7.

Forget about a grilling, I imagine Scotty gave him a massive deep frying at some point in time.

If you ask me, the Cats have simply turned into West Coast from 1995-99… A team still good enough to make the finals due to a decent home ground advantage and leftover talent from the glory years, but they simply aren’t good enough to get it done in September anymore.

And thus, after sitting in 9th after Round 14, the Tigers will start favourites in their second Grand Final in three years.

And on the flip side, despite rather different performances over the last 5 years, Fremantle have still reached a Grand Final more recently than Geelong.


GWS (8.8-56) defeated Collingwood (7.10-52) @ The MCG

JESUS CHRIST.

WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT.

WHAT. THE. HELL. WAS. THAT.

IT WAS OVER.

IT WAS DONE, THE GIANTS WERE 5 GOALS UP, COLLINGWOOD HAD ONLY KICKED 3 GOALS FOR 3 QUARTERS.

IT WAS UTTERLY CRAP FOR 2 HOURS, THE GIANTS PUT THE PIES IN THE MOTHER OF ALL SLEEPER HOLDS, AND THEN COLLINGWOOD ATE A SNICKERS AND DRANK A RED BULL, WENT NUTS, AND SUDDENLY WE HAD A DAMN GAME.

What in shit… I honestly can’t believe that happened.

That has to be one of the all-time greatest final quarters of a Prelim ever seen, and the best since at least 2016…. which ironically, the Giants were on the end of.

And GWS even had the customary “Lose a key player in a Prelim” problem with Phil Davis, on top of losing just about every key player before the game.

And yet they did the impossible.

I should’ve known that a force of Communists would do well in terrible conditions.

And of course, we even had proof the ARC is just another useless piece of technology conceived by the AFL to mask the fact that they’re just morons who can’t organise a piss-up on a Bucks Night.

LACHIE KEEFE TOUCHED THAT JOSH THOMAS KICK, AND YOU STILL COULDN’T OVERTURN IT DESPITE FOOTAGE THAT STEVIE WONDER COULD SEE.

GREATER CONFIDENCE IN DECISION MAKING MY ARSE.

Steve Hocking’s initials are a perfect description of his performance as the Footy boss… S.Hocking.

Christ almighty…. the Giants are in a Grand Final, and you just know Toby Greene will come back and play a blinder.

Probably on Dusty during a tackle in the 2nd Quarter.

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