High stakes in first week of footy finals
From the stands of the hallowed MCG, Rohan Connolly lays down his tips for the first week of footy finals.PT6M20S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-25e8f 620 349 September 5, 2012
That's it for today everyone, thanks for all the questions and comments, this is always a great weekend of the season, four critical finals in one hit, there's bound to be at least one or two classics in there, I reckon, and at least one result we weren't counting on. Enjoy it all, and we'll see you back here at 12pm next Thursday.
HISTORY is bunk. So said Henry Ford, founder of the company which has been Geelong Football Club's major sponsor for decades now. It's a nice link. Because that's just the attitude the Cats should be taking into this year's finals series.
Indeed, Ford's thoughts could make a handy slogan for Geelong these next few weeks. ''We want to live in the present,'' he added, ''and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history that we make today.''
And Geelong is very capable of doing so. We've never had a side as well-qualified to turn football history on its head from the bottom half of the eight as these Cats.
Sure, the figures are daunting. No side has won from beyond fourth since the revamp of the final eight in 2000. Some 46 of 48 preliminary finalists since then haven't finished the regular season any lower than fourth. And Adelaide, in 1997, is the only team in history to win four finals to land a premiership.
But none of the top four over the past decade have had a shadow this large looming over their shoulder - nor had as much September know-how with which to deal.
Do you agree? Are the Cats capable of snatching the premiership after four straight victories in September? Join a live blog with Rohan Connolly from midday Thursday.