Monday, September 22, 2008

It's that time of year again

This Saturday, Geelong and Hawthorn will play for the premiership of Australian Rules Football. For most of the season, this is the match-up the pundits have wanted. Hawthorn plays a fearless, entertaining game, while Geelong is the sort of well oiled football machine (23-1 so far for the year) that Hawthorn was 20 years ago.

Last year, Geelong came into the Grand Final facing the weight of history: no premierships since 1963 and five runner-up finishes since. This team shrugged all that off and pummeled Port Adelaide by 119 points.

This year, they have looked even better... but it is a huge mistake to predict the result of a Grand Final with any pretense of certainty.

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