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AFL Grand Final supplement

AFL Grand Final supplement

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AFL Grand Final supplement in the Jakarta Globe
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Jakarta Globe
Saturday/Sunday, October 1/2, 2011
AFL Grand FInal
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The winner of today’s clash will deservedly be able to claim to be an era-de󰁦ining team
Report
Mick Powell
T
hestarsare aligned,theoracles havespokenand thegodsofwarare smiling.It’sallasit shouldbe.The titansof2011— theCollingwood MagpiesandtheGeelongCats—do  battleforgladiatorialsupremacyin today’sAustralianFootballLeague grandfinalattheMCG.Thetwoclubshavetoweredover thecompetitionlikefewbefore them.Collingwoodwon20games outof22,withtheCatsagame  behindon19.Bothteamscomeinto thegamewithexemplorary resumes.Collingwoodarelastyear’s premiersandarelookingtogo  back-to-backwhileGeelongwonin 2007and2009,whichwouldhave  beenathree-peatexceptthat Hawthornupsettheminthe2008 grandfinal.Today’smatchwillnot onlydecidethisyear’spremiersbut willstampthewinnerasan era-definingteam.Collingwoodwillstartslight favoritesforthegrandfinalbut Geelonghasthebetterrecentform. Let’shavealookatthetwo combatantsandseehowtheylineup.
TheClubs
CollingwoodisarguablytheAFL’s mostsuccessfulclub.Since1897,it hasappearedinarecord42grand finals(itsnearestrivalsareCarlton andEssendonwith29appearances). However,whiletheclubissecond formostpremiershipwinscurrentlyonebehinditsarchrivals, CarltonandEssendon—inrecent timesithasbecomebetter-known forlosinggrandfinals,havingonly wonfoursince1936. Overthesameperiod,Geelong hasbeenpremierseighttimesand runners-upninetimes.Thisisthe Catsmostsuccessfulperiodsincethe FiftiesandearlySixties,although theywererunners-upfourtimes from1989and1995. TheCatsandthePieshavemetin fivegrandfinals,withGeelong winningthree.Thelast,in1953, resultedina12-pointwintothePies.
TheForm
Thetwosideshavemettwicethis  year,withhonorsgoingtotheCats onbothoccasions.Inround8,the Catssignaledtothefootballworld thattheseasonwasnolongera one-horserace.Theysavagedthe Piesinthefirstquarterbutkicked poorly(2.9to1.1inthefirstquarter) andCollingwoodwereabletograb  backtheleadbyhalf-time.Ina see-sawinglastquarter,itwas Geelonginfrontbythreepoints whenthesirensounded. Thesecondclashinthelastround oftheseasonwasadeadrubber. However,theCatsusedthegameto playthemselvesbackintoform, whichhadbeendowntheprevious fewweeks,andtheythumpedthe Piesbyamassive96points.True,the Magpiesweremoreinterestedin self-preservationandhadshutup shopearlyinthegamebutthesizeof thelossmustbeaworrytothe coachingstaff.Duringtherun-uptothegrand final,bothteamshadtodefeat HawthornandtheWestCoast Eaglesontheirwaytoagrandfinal  berth.Geelong,whichhadlosttothe Eaglesandhadnarrowvictories overHawthornduringthehomeand awayseason,dominatedbothin theirfinalsmatches.Collingwood, ontheotherhand,hadtowithstand witheringpressurefromtheEagles andtheHawksbeforerecording narrowwins.AgainsttheHawks, Collingwoodlookedbeatenat three-quartertime,trailingby17 pointsinalowscoringgame,but managedtoclawtheirwaybackto winbythreepoints. Whichpathtothegrandfinal  bringsapremiershipremainstobe seen.Geelong’sdominancelooked forebodingbutCollingwood’sability tosurvivethepressureandwin whiledownonformwillgivethem somebelief—goodteamswinthe closegames.
TheCoaches
Collingwood’sMick Malthouse,58,is currentlytheAFL’s longest-runningand mostexperienced coach.Hebeganhis footballasahard-nosedbackpocket defenderwithStKildaand Richmondandmadehiscoaching debutwithFootscray(nowthe WesternBulldogs)in1984.Hetook overthecoachingreignswithWest Coastin1990,guidingtheclubto twopremiershipcups(bothagainst Geelong)beforereturningto  Victoriain2000tocoachthePies. Malthouse’semotionaland tearfulresponsetohisteam’s narrowescapeagainstHawthorn underlinedtheimportanceheplaces onwinningthisgrandfinalandhis attachmenttohisplayers. Incontrast,Geelong’s ChrisScottisa first-yearcoachand at35,theleague’s secondyoungest— hisidenticaltwin  brotherBrad,whois inchargeofNorthMelbourne,is threeminutesyounger.Hebegan hisplayingcareerasatough defenderwiththeBrisbaneLions, playingintwocupwinsbefore injuriescurtailedhiscareer.He spentthreeyearsasanassistant coachwithFremantle,landingthe enviousjobofleadingGeelongafter thesuddendepartureofMark Thompsonduringtheoffseason.
KeyForwards
Bothteamsareevenlymatched whenitcomestogoal-scoring— Geelongkicking408goalsoverthe seasonwithCollingwoodonlyfive less.ThePies’bigmenhavefared  betteraroundthegoals,scoring127 goalsto98. Smallforwardsfrombothsides havesixplayerswhohavekicked20 ormoregoals,butCatwizardSteve Johnsonhas46comparedtothe Woods’best,AndrewKrakouer, with32. ThisiswhyJohnson’skneedislocatedlastSaturdayagainst WestCoast—isthestoryofgrand finalweek.Ifhedoesn’tplay,the scoringstatisticsswingbackin Collingwood’sfavor.AndCat  youngster,DanielMenzel,who kickedfivegoalsagainstthePiesin round24isalreadyoutwitha season-endingkneeinjury. Bothteamshavebighard-workingforwardswholeadwelland arestronginthepacks.Thelinchpin oftheMagpieforwardlineisburly centerhalfforwardTravisCloke.He haskickedover60goalsthisseason, welluponlastyear,andheisthe  AFL’sleaderincontestedmarks.He runslongandhardtogivehisteama targetandhisstronghandsinpacks closetogoalmakehimthemost dangerousbigmanintoday’sgame. Heiswellsupportedbythe equallyburlybutlessexperienced ChrisDawes,who,likeCloke,kicked threegoalstokeepthePiesinthe gamelastweekagainstHawthorn. LeighBrownisthethirdtall,
AlanTooveyofCollingwoodandtheCat’sAllenChristenseninactioninRound24.
Will the Cats Pounce Or the Magpies Soar?
 
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Jakarta Globe
Saturday/Sunday, October 1/2, 2011
HatingCollinwood.It’sthemost powerfulmemeinAustralianfootball. Thismemehasbeenleapingacross generations—andgrowingstronger —sincethe1920s.Anditgets particularlystrongatthistimeofthe yearifthere’saCollingwoodteamin the󰁦inals.Thememehasevenfounditsway totheBigDurian.Duringalivetelecast oflastweek’sCollingwoodHawthorn gameatAphroditebar,aCollingwood fancalledout“CarnthePies.”Towhich someoneattheothersideofthebar yelledbackwithequalfervor,“Come ontheotherteam.”Theequationisreallythatsimple. Ifyou’renotaCollingwoodfan,you hatethem.Oratleasthaveaniggling disinclinationtowishthemwell.Sowhytheanimosity?Academics traceitbacktotheearly20thcentury when󰁦iercesuburbanrivalryfuelled byreligionandclassprevailed. Collingwoodwasapredominately IrishCatholicandworking-classclub, andagamebetweentheroughand readyMicksandthesupposedly moregenteelProdswouldhave addedsomeextraspicetothose suburbanbattles.Havingsaidthat,Collingwood’s toughestgamesinthoseearlydays wereagainstRichmond,anequally IrishCatholicworkingclassclub,and nottoomanyhateRichmond—well, notnowadaysgiventhey’reaneasy fourpoints.Thehatredcamenotbecause CollingwoodwereanIrishCatholic andworkingclassclub,butbecause theywereaverysuccessfulIrish Catholicandworkingclassclub. ThePieshad󰁦ivepremiershipsto theirnamecomingintothe20s.In onedecadespanningintothe30s theywouldaddanothersix—fourina rowfrom1926to1929(theonlyteam toachievethisfeat)andback-to-back premiershipsin1935󰀭36. Thatgavethem11cupsinall—well aheadoftherest.Bloodyupstarts.Andtheyhaveremaineda successfulclub.Theyarethe󰁦irstclub tobreakthe70,000markfor members,thisyeartheirgames averaged63,000spectators,placing themintheworld’stopnineclubs,just behindManchesterUnitedwhopull anaverageof69,000. Thereareotherreasonsforthe dislike.Collingwood’subiquitous president,TVceleband businessman,Eddie“Everywhere” McGuireandhissupporter doppelgangerJo󰁦fawithhistacky goldjacketaretwo.Andthenthere’stheperceived arrogance.Wheneveryotherteam wasorderedtohaveanawayjumper, theMagpiesrefused, Itwasrumored,however,thatthey o󰁦feredtochangetheirtraditional blackbackgroundwithwhitestripes toonewithawhitebackgroundand blackstripes.Cheekybuggers.Andthestereotypicalreferences totheirworkingclass(ormore accuratelynot-workingclass)origins stillpersistwithfrequentmentionsof thedoleandlackofdentalcare.Butoneofthemainreasonsis becausethey’refuntohate.Forwhile Collingwoodisaverysuccessfulclub inclout,cashandfans,ithasn’tbeen verysuccessfulatwhatfootballclubs measuretheirsuccess—winning premierships.Since1936,thePies havewononlyfour—1953,1958,1990 andlastyear—andhavebeen runners-uponcountlessoccasions.Thisisabigstickforopposition supportersandtheyuseitwithmuch gleetobeatMagpiefansoverthe headwith.IfthePieswintomorrow, thatstickwillbecomeconsiderably smaller.Wecan’thavethat.Andthere’sonelastreason. Collingwoodlovetobehated. Whowantstobepitiedlike Fremantleoreverybody’ssecond team,theWesternBulldogs. Beinghatedisnotaburden.It’sa badgeofhonor.
Decade Upon Decade, Why No Love for the Pies?
AFL Grand FInal
27 to 1
The difference in number of years coaching between the Pies’ Mick Malthouse and Geelong’s Chris Scott
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changingintheruckwithDarren Jolly. Geelong’shigh-flyingJames Podsiadlyhasbeenarevelationsince recruitedasa28-year-oldmature-agedrookie.ThePodhaskicked52 goalssofarthisseasonandisranked thirdforcontestedmarks.Like Cloke,hedoesn’tmindworkinghard up-fieldtohelphisteammates. PlayingalongsidePodsiadly,the 197-centimeter-tallTomHawkins hashitcareerbestforminrecent gamesandisjuststartingtodeliver onhisearlypromise.Heishardto stopontheleadandisabooming kick.RuckmenMarkOttensand TrentWestwillbothspendtimeup forward,givingtheCatsextraclout intheair.Ifthere’satruisminfootball,it’s thatthere’smoreballtobehadon thegroundthenintheair,andthisis wherethegamemaybedecided. TheMagpiesprovedthisaxiom whentheirsmallsfailedtoscorefor three-quartersagainstHawthorn lastweekandCollingwoodlooked  beaten.Itwaslast-quartergoalsby smallsLeonDavis,DaneSwan(32 fortheseason)andLukeBall(17) thatgotthePieshome.EvenwithJohnsonout,Geelong stillhavegoodarrayofgoalscoring midfielders,includingveteransBilly Bartel(23)andPaulChapman(24), andfirstyearrookieAllen Christensen(18).
KeyBacks
Collingwood’sbacksixare recognizedasthebestinthe competition.Notonlydotheyhave thetightestdefensiverecord,but theirrunandlongprecisionkicking —especiallybyBrazilian-born dasherHarryO’Brienandclub stalwartHeathShaw—canquickly turndefenseintoscoring opportunities.Full back Chris Tarrant — former Collingwood bad boy who returned this season after a stint with Fremantle — will probably line up on Podsiadly while tall  youngster Ben Reid will take Hawkins. O’Brien will go to Johnson should he play and Malthouse will try to free up either Davis or captain Nick Maxwell as a loose man in defense. Priorto2010,itwasGeelong’s defensivesixthatwerethetoastof thetownandthey’restilla formidableunit.WhileMatthew Scarlettisrecognizedasthebest fullbackthisdecade,itwillbethe high-markingHarryTaylorwhogets thejobonClokewhileTomLonergan willgotoDawes.Scottwillprobably putScarlettonthelessdangerous Brown,wherehisattackingprowess canbeusedtobettereffect.
TheOn-Ballers
Winningthecontestedfootyand applyingtacklingpressureat stoppagesandcenterbouncesis wherethegamewillbewonorlost andbothsidesbringagoodmixof skillandhardnesstothisvitalarea. Thisyear’sBrownlowMedalist DaneSwanmaybeunfashionable,  butheisbigandstrong,difficultto tackle,alwaysstaysonhisfeet,can runalldayandisthegame’shighest averagepossessionwinner.Hisonly downsideisthathe’snotalways precisewiththefootballandforthat reasonGeelongmaychoosetohard tagScottPendleburyandmake Swantheresponsibilityofeveryone inhisvicinity.Withoutdoubt,theclassactinthe Pies’midfieldisthetallathletic Pendlebury.Notonlydoesherackup highpossessionsallovertheground  buthisballuseisusuallyimpeccable andcreative.Geelongmaygivetheir strong-bodiedcaptain,Cameron Ling,thetaskofquelling Pendlebury’sinfluence.ThespeedyDaleThomashasalso shownhimselftobeabigoccasion
TheMagpies’CameronWoodclears theballaheadofJoelSelwood(left)andTrentWest(right)oftheCatsinRound24.Right,TravisVarcoeis chasedbythePies’SteeleSidebottom.

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