It was the game that had opposition supporters shattered at the result. Yes, The Black & White army prevailed in the end and will head into the Grand Final and go for their Back-to-Back premiership. It was one of the best games of Football, I have ever seen. Those last 2 minutes had everyone on their feet pleading that Hawthorn may be able to run over the Premiership favorites before they made it to the Grand Final. But it was not to be. The Magpie army will walk into the MCG on the first day in October.
To many football fans, the next thing better than a win for their own team, is a Collingwood loss. It would be nothing better for opposition fans to see the Magpies stopped on the last hurdle. The only team that has been able to pull apart Collingwood has been Geelong and I still very much think Hawthorn did last night despite the loss. Although the Cats have lost star players and a legendary coach, Geelong still very much have the power to knock off the reigning premiers as they have done earlier in the season. Those Home & Away games have no matter any more as the whole game changes especially deep in the Final’s series. Form can go out the window. Skill can be put under pressure. It all changes in the Finals.
Geelong to many are the only chance left to really challenge the Magpies in a Grand Final. If Collingwood loss this Grand Final, it will be because Geelong stopped them. Geelong are the only team that are able successfully pull apart the Collingwood game plan. Collingwood have been so low below their form the last couple of weeks, that a successful challenge looks eminent. Collingwood nearly lost that game. They nearly lost to a very good, strong, hard-working Hawthorn side that I personally think if they had a week off, would have won that game. Mick Malthouse and his men need to make sure they don’t get caught up in the emotional side of Football, because there is another team out there that want’s to rip that emotion right out of them. Football is an emotional game. But if one team gets stuck too deep in their emotions, no matter how much skill or talent the team has. They can lose on the biggest day of the year.
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