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“We are Geelong, the greatest team of all ….”

It’s true ….fairy tales do come true. For the Cats supporters, your hard earned win against Brisbane was testimony to the journey and the job at hand.

For Gary Ablett, the prodigal son has came, seen and conquered all before him. 357 games in a career that he has won every award and accolade the game can throw at him. Then to climb the final mountain, at 37 years of age to play his final game in a Grand Final is the closer, Disney could not have written better …. But wait …. there’s more …

Patrick Dangerfield has a persistent dream.

The dream is his imagining his first AFL grand final, a prospect that once again requires his team to take the final step of winning a preliminary final, which they did last night, but in recent years has been elusive.

“I’ve imagined it a lot. I’m a dreamer,” Dangerfield said of the grand final he craves.

“I love dreaming, thinking about different things, whether it’s day-to-day life or career, which for me clearly has been footy. I often think of that moment.

“I think that anyone that’s human would, certainly when you haven’t been there or achieved it yet.”

Geelong’s coach of 11 years , Chris Scott, says “It’s a privilege to be put in this position and have this opportunity to play finals in what has been a very tryi g year for all teams…”

Scott’s winning percentage is the highest of any (long-term) coach in VFL/AFL history, an astonishing record in a competition with a draft and salary cap.

But his finals record is unflattering since they won the flag in his first season. In the subsequent eight seasons, the Cats have won four and lost 12. From six top four home-and-away finishes post-2011, they’ve made four preliminary finals, but were a fair way off a flag in 2016 and 2017 and went out in straight sets in 2014, when their home-and-away record belied that team’s real capability.

The list of superstars that Geelong have collected along the journey has now all seemed to have purpose for the Cats. Next Saturday night under lights in Brisbane, the two powerhouses of AFL Richmond and Geelong jump in to the rink for one final master class of AFL, to which all we can say is “Go Cats…”

Dash Editor

Self-confessed confused news junkie, with lifelong additions to coffee, great conversations, perfection in all its forms, cold wine, hot music and puppy dogs.

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