St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, in their long histories, have won one premiership apiece. Hopes were
high for both teams, as they played off for a Grand Final berth, that they could break through for their second.
But after a low-scoring and tightly-fought contest, it was St Kilda who made it through for a date with destiny
after the Saints completed a 7-point win in the First Preliminary Final on Friday night.
The Bulldogs had the better of the early exchanges, and should have led by more than the 15 point
advantage they held at the first change. The Bulldogs had three behinds, and another shot that went out on
the full, before Shaun Higgins took a shot on the run from the 50 metre line that bounced through for the
opening goal.  Liam Picken converted a running goal, also bouncing it through; but they would be the only
goals of the first term, and although the Bulldogs had the better of general play around the ground, they were
unable to make any more of their opportunities.
After quarter time, the Saints lifted and quickly got themselves back into the contest. Nick Riewoldt missed a
set shot, but then Andrew McQualter won a free on the half-forward line and found a leading Nick Dal Santo
for St Kilda’s opening goal.  Shortly afterwards, McQualter went himself and got another goal, and suddenly
there was only a kick in it. The Bulldogs needed to steady, and Mitchell Hahn gave them some badly-needed
breathing space, twice outmarking Goddard to score a double within two minutes to restore the quarter time
Late in the quarter, Lenny Hayes snapped over his shoulder to score for the Saints; but both sides would be
rueing the first half for the chances that were squandered. But the Bulldogs had, on balance, been the better
team during the first half and held a seven point advantage at the long break.
The third quarter began in controversy. As the umpire held the ball to start the quarter, Brian Lake delivered a
push on Nick Riewoldt. The umpires awarded a free to Riewoldt on the 50 metre line, and the goal was
converted to cut the margin to one point. A few minutes later, Justin Koschitzske went inside the 50 and
found Sam Fisher, who marked and goaled to put the Saints in front for the first time. From the centre break,
Nick Riewoldt on the lead took the mark and kicked his second.
Momentum was running St Kilda’s way, but the Bulldogs fought back late in the third term. Against the run of
play, Brad Johnson marked in the forward pocket, playing on and snapping a sensational captain’s goal.
Shortly after, Daniel Giansiracusa found some room to move and played on to score, and the Bulldogs
regained the lead. But in the final minute of the quarter, Stephen Milne grabbed the crumbs from a marking
contest and snapped truly; giving the Saints a 5-point lead at three quarter time.
It had been an absorbing contest, and with the high stakes of a Grand Final berth on offer, it would continue
to be a high-desperation match through the last quarter.  And at the 5-minute mark, Brad Johnson went up
for a speckie, pulled the ball down, and kicked truly to put the Bulldogs back in front.
The Saints went forward, and Andrew McQualter grabbed the crumbs from a marking contest; but as he was
running into goal, he was run down from behind by Lindsay Gilbee for a holding-the-ball free. But at the 17-
minute mark, Nick Riewoldt stood up and was counted, taking a strong pack mark and kicking truly to put the
Saints back in the lead.
The pressure was on, and Brad Johnson and Daniel Giansiracusa missed shots they should have
converted. St Kilda was leading by a point, and the clock was deep in time on. As the Saints went forward
inside the 50, Nick Riewoldt soccered the ball off the ground. His fourth goal, at the 28 minute mark, made
the game safe for the Saints and booked their place in football’s big day. It was a heart-breaking end to
the season for the Bulldogs, who had worked so hard all night only to fall short. But the Saints, so
dominant for so much of this season, have a chance to break through for the second premiership in next
week’s Grand Final.
St Kilda                                         0.2        3.6        7.6        9.6 (60)
Western Bulldogs                          2.5        4.7        6.7       7.11 (53)
Goals : St Kilda – N Riewoldt 4, N Dal Santo, S Fisher, L Hayes, A McQualter, S Milne.
Bulldogs – M Hahn 2, B Johnson 2, D Giansiracusa, S Higgins, L Picken.
Best : St Kilda – L Hayes, N Riewoldt, C Jones, N Dal Santo, R Clarke, S Fisher. Bulldogs –
M Boyd, R Griffen, J Harbrow, D Cross, L Gilbee, R Hargrave.
Injuries : St Kilda – Nil. Bulldogs – Nil.
Reports – Nil. Umpires - McInerney, McBurney, Chamberlain.
Crowd - 78,245 at MCG.

After St Kilda’s narrow win in the first preliminary final, the MCG was also the venue for the second Grand
Final playoff. And in contrast to the Friday game, this one was a blowout as Geelong dominated from start
to finish to cruise to an emphatic 73-point win over Collingwood.
Collingwood started brightly, kicking the first two goals of the game; but the Cats soon steadied and the
Magpies were unable to score another for the quarter. Geelong began to get the better of play around the
ground, but wasted opportunities and it wasn’t until into time on that the Cats took the lead. But their two
late goals saw the Cats lead by 10 points at quarter time.
When Paul Chapman kicked the opening goal of the second quarter, the Cats were looking well set. But
the Magpies then began to fight back, attempting to work their way back into the contest. But their finishing
would let them down badly. The Cats had been wasteful in the first term, but this time it was Collingwood
whose radar would desert them when it mattered most. The Cats kicked four goals for the quarter, and led
by 23 points late in the quarter before two late Magpie goals cut the margin to 11 points at the long break.
With the lead, the Cats were in sight of their third Grand Final on the trot, and the premiership quarter all
but ensured their qualification.  An impressive goal by Joel Corey on a tight angle got them going, and with
star midfielders Gary Ablett and Paul Chapman assuming complete dominance in the midfield, the Cats
were able to create plenty of chances. The Cats kicked four goals to one for the quarter, leading by 34
points at the last change.
Collingwood’s resistance had crumbled, and the final quarter was a Geelong exhibition as the Cats
scored at will. Paul Chapman was unstoppable, driving the ball forward with regularity and kicking three
goals for the quarter to finish with a bag of five in a best on ground performance. There was barely a
‘Geelong player who lowered their colours to their Magpie opponent during the final term, as the Cats
kicked six unanswered goals while counting down to the final siren. And the Cats were relieved to go
through the match with no injuries, and expecting to put in a full-strength side against the Saints in next
week’s decider.
And so it comes down to one game. Will the Cats return to premiership glory and atone for the shock of
last year’s result? Or will the Saints carve out a slice of history and win their second premiership?
Geelong                                 3.6         7.7         11.13         17.18 (120)
Collingwood                          2.2         5.8           6.9             6.11 (47)
Goals : Geelong – P Chapman 5, T Hawkins 2, G Ablett 2, S Byrnes 2, T Varcoe 2, B Ottens,
S Johnson, C Mooney, J Corey.
Collingwood - L Brown, B Johnson, H O'Brien, T Lockyer, A
Didak, B Macaffer.
Best : Geelong – G Ablett, P Chapman, C Enright, J Bartel, J Corey, B Ottens. Collingwood
S O’Bree, L Brown, A Didak, H O’Brien, H Shaw, D Thomas.
Injuries : Geelong – Nil. Collingwood – S Pendlebury (leg) replaced in selected side by D
Reports – Nil. Umpires - McLaren, Rosebury, Ryan.
Crowd - 87,258 at the MCG.
Photo Galleries:
Sydney v PortAdelaide(20/5/07)
Sydney v Essendon (2/6/07)
Sydney v Carlton (15/7/07)
Melbourne v Sydney (5/8/07)
Sydney v St Kilda (11/8/07)
Sydney v Port (Trial, 23/2/08)
St Kilda v Sydney (22/3/08)
Kangaroos v Essendon(24/3/08)
Sydney v Port Adel (30/3/08)
Sydney v West Coast (12/4/08)
Sydney v Essendon (18/5/08)
Sydney v Richmond (1/6/08)
Richmond v Adelaide (7/6/08)
Sydney v St Kilda (14/6/08)
Melbourne v Sydney (22/6/08)
Sydney v Collingwood (5/7/08)
Sydney v Adelaide (26/7/08)
W Bulldogs v Sydney (3/8/08)
Sydney v Fremantle (9/8/08)
Sydney v Geelong (16/8/08)
Elim Final - Syd v Kang (6/9/08)
Grand Final Parade (26/9/08)
Blacktown Update (31/12/08)
NAB - Port v Sydney (22/2/09)
Trial - Sydney v B'dogs(7/3/09)
Sydney v Hawthorn (4/4/09)
Carlton v Essendon (11/4/09)
Sydney v Carlton (18/4/09)
Sydney v Richmond (3/5/09)
Blacktown Update (9/5/09)
Sydney v West Coast (16/5/09)
Sydney v Port Adel (24/5/09
Essendon v Adelaide (10/6/09)
Blacktown Update (5/7/09
Sydney v Essendon (11/7/09)
Sydney v Geelong (15/8/09)
Sydney v Brisbane (29/8/09)
Grand Final Parade (25/9/09)
NAB - Sydney vCarlton(20/2/10)
Trial - Sydny v Ess'don (6/3/10)
Sydney v St Kilda (27/3/10)
Essendon v Fremantle (4/4/10)
Sydney v Richmond (10/4/10)
W Bulldogs v Sydney (15/5/10)
Essendon v Geelong (12/6/10)
Sydney v Collingwood (26/6/10)
Sydney v Nth Melb (10/7/10)
NAB - GWS/Syd/GCst (19/2/11)
Essendon v Coll'wood (25/4/11)
Sydney v Richmond (12/6/11)
Sydney v Collingwood (25/6/11)
GWS Giants v Sydney (23/7/11)
Sydney v W Bulldogs (23/7/11)
GWS Giants v NT T'dr (6/8/11)

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