Saturday, September 29, 2007

AFL Grand Final

Geelong Cats vs Port Adelaide Power

Two port cities. One Premiership. Plenty of classic bogan culture.

The top two teams in the game end up in the Grand Final. But Geelong and Port Adelaide, what inspires these two teams? How are they perceived? What is the culture that delivers them to the game's greatest stage?

If you go to Geelong, you think, why am I here and not in Melbourne?

If you go to Port Adelaide, you think, why am I in Adelaide?

But today, both are on the national stage, bringing back the biff for the greatest prize in Australian sport.

The AFL Premiership.

The Geelong Cats, named after cats. Big cats from Africa? Maybe. But probably what you'll find when you go there. Stray cats.

Port Adelaide Power. Power is energy. Energy costs money. Something Port Adelaide residents have very little of.

But both teams have proven that fans with beer guts and thongs does not mean they are not machines with athletic ability to burn and so skillful they make the football look like it's round. These are the top tier of teams, working together, showing commitment, bravery, and most of all, the passion to strive to the top. To that last Saturday in September.

Half time show is almost over. I'll be back. Less capable of detailing properly, maybe, but I believe I can do it. My disposals are up like the Cornes brothers. Except mine are beers.

2nd quarter (32:00): HALF-TIME: Geelong 11.13 (79) Port Adelaide 4.3 (27) A breathtaking display from Geelong opens up a huge halfway lead over Power, which looks a step behind the pace and powerless to withstand the Cats' high-pressure game.

Port Adelaide is losing like the government has removed the welfare state. This is ridiculous, the Port team shouldn't have bothered showing up, I think the bogans there need to go protest the industrial relations work laws for a Saturday, cause its ruined their weekend. They are getting utterly smashed. Geelong is just too good, just too strong, just too awesome.

3rd quarter (27:50-29:30): GOALS (Geelong, Geelong). We're on for a record here. Nathan Ablett kicks his third before Mooney nabs another. Ebert marks and has a set shot on the siren, but it's not Port's day and he hits the post. Hawthorn's record 96-point win over Melbourne in the 1988 grand final is under serious threat. THREE QUARTER-TIME: Geelong 18.17 (125) Port Adelaide 5.5 (35)


Geelong is awesome.

Geelong 157 Port Adelaide 35

It's over.

Something Port supporters figured out about life a long time ago.

FULL-TIME: GEELONG 24.19 (163) beat PORT ADELAIDE 6.8 (44) An amazing display from Geelong. The Cats were off colour against Collingwood but this was their true form. Port was made to look like an amateur team, which it is anything but. Simply, Geelong is the best team in the AFL by some margin. Steve Johnson is awarded the Norm Smith medal for best on ground.