AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON 2008 ROUND
9; COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG; MATCH PREVIEW PLUS TV / RADIO BROADCAST DETAILS
By Ben Jensen COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG The match of the round is a replay of last year's sensational Preliminary Final between Geelong and Collingwood, again at the MCG. Last September, the Cats had a bad night out while the Magpies played well above themselves in what was Nathan Buckley's final match, the end margin just two points.
The Cats have made two changes, bringing straight back Matthew Stokes who missed last week through suspension, and recalling Trent West. West replaces fellow rookie ruckman Shane Mumford, while Stokes takes the place of Max Rooke, who has so far endured an indifferent season and is surely carrying an injury.
Nothing could have been sweeter than making a grand final, other than just pipping Collingwood at the final post on a Friday night at the MCG - so you've got ALL weekend to gloat. That's what Geelong did last season, and of course followed it up by tearing a despondent Port Adelaide team a proverbial new one less than eight days later at the same venue.
In the VFL the Bendigo Bank Cats travel to Ballarat to face the North Melbourne - affiliate North Ballarat Roosters.
Geelong by 16 points - will probably be behind at some stage in the third quarter, before jumping to a five or six goal lead. The Wobblers then to have a crack in junk time.
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AFL 2008, ROUND NINE
COLLINGWOOD V GEELONG
FRIDAY 23 MAY 2008, 19:10 AEST
MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND (MCG)
VFL ROUND FIVE 2008
NORTH BALLARAT V GEELONG
AFL PREMIERS VICTORY PACK - FOUR DVD'S - THREE FINALS PLUS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
AFL TV COVERAGE (ALL LOCAL TIMES):
CHANNEL 7 / PRIME - 20:30 DELAY
Replays on Fox Sports; available on Foxtel, Optus and Austar
AFL RADIO COVERAGE*:
ABC, SEN, KROCK, MMM, 3AW
* As we've been kicked off the AFL's media list Dylan Howard style (but not for those reasons!), we have to rely in information provided on their website - which often isn't accurate
IN: Matthew Stokes, Trent
B: Tom Harley, Matthew Scarlett,
B: Heath Shaw, Shane Wakelin, Rhyce Shaw
Cattery's comments in brackets)
Ottens (foot) - who knows! - Listed as Round 10
COLLINGWOOD INJURY LIST
Alan Toovey shoulder injury Rnd 10
CATS DEFEAT MAGPIES, INTO GRAND FINAL
By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES GEELONG is first side through to the AFL Grand Final, defeating a gallant Collingwood by just five points in front of 98,002 at the MCG Friday night. Geelong were certainly not on top of their game, but Collingwood played one of their better matches of the season, defying the odds to go within a kick of making the Grand Final. The Cats play the winner of Port Adelaide and the Kangaroos, being played at 5PM Victoria time at Adelaide's AAMI Stadium.
23 SEPTEMBER 2007 CATS DEFEAT MAGPIES, INTO GRAND FINAL
GEELONG 4.4 7.6 9.13 13.14 (92) DEFEATED
Geelong certainly made hard work of the win. Collingwood kicked the first goal of the match, courtesy of veteran midfielder Scott Burns. The Cats answered back quickly, Matthew Stokes kicking the first of his three first quarter goals. At one stage Geelong led by three goals to one, before the Pies stole back another after Joel Selwood gave away a fifty metre penalty that put plodder Shane O'Bree within range. Brad Ottens was the other Geelong goalkicker for the term, the lead over the Pies eleven points.
Shortly after Ottens' goal, this columnist was struck on the shoulder by a Collingwood supporter who took umbrage at the Geelong tradition of standing to applaud a fine goal - commenting she came to watch football 'not the back of your head'. Well, you won't have that problem in the Grand Final as you won't be there, my dear.
Neither side kicked a goal for the opening six minutes of the second quarter, and it was the Pies who struck first blood through Sean Rusling. As if that wasn't bad enough, the Carringbush hit the lead for the first time since the five minute mark of the opening term, and the ferals united with one voice as Paul Medhurst kicked his first goal less than a minute later. Collingwood held the lead until the fourteenth minute when Steve Johnson calmly slotted through his first for the day. As if that wasn't enough, he followed it up less than two minutes later with his second, the Cats out to a handy lead of less than two goals.
Max Rooke, who earlier in the day was the subject of an enlightening story titled 'The Max Factor' in The Age, kicked Geelong's third unanswered goal; but unfortunately it was the final goal of the quarter. Collingwood kicked the final two goals of the half, to cut Geelong's lead back to just five points. Alan Didak kicked the first, what could only be called a miracle goal, although these days standard for the cunning Didak. Rusling kicked the other from a tight angle near the boundary line, fourty-five metres from goal.
GEELONG PLAYERS CELEBRATE AFTER THE FINAL SIREN
B B Laidler Kangars Donohue
B Hall Sharkey Power