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Cats Fans, We Need To Talk About 2008

Cats Fans, We Need To Talk About 2008

Tim Terry / AFL Photos.

Tim Terry / AFL Photos.

With a Qualifying Final in our sights, the post season bye and has provided plenty of opportunity to reflect on the history between Geelong and the team we hate-respect most; Hawthorn.  

I, like many, had completely disregarded the events of a home and away season that should have, but ultimately didn't deliver a premiership. 

In fact, here's real life vision of me on the final siren at the 2008 Grand Final:

Yes, I MIB'd the hell out of that one day in September, after watching Gary Ablett Jnr exert himself so desperately in a final quarter that Stewart Dew had already torn to shreds. Perhaps we should have seen the writing on the wall when GAJ had the proverbial Brownlow carpet whisked from right under him? Who knows.

What i do know now — some 8 years later — is that to not acknowledge Geelong's 2008 season for what it was — one of the winningest seasons in AFL history — would be doing our club a great disservice. 

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The 2008 home and away season in a nutshell:

  • Geelong finished 4 games and percentage (161.84%) clear on top of the ladder.
  • Had an average winning margin of 52 points.
  • Lost just 1 home and away game to Collingwood — an aberration by a massive 86 points.
  • Began the home and away season on an 8-game winning streak and capped it off with 13 straight wins on the run home.

Come with me on a cleansing journey through the standout moments of that 2008 season — which many Cats fans have erased from memory. 

Round 2. A 99-point Don demolition at the 'Dome.

You know it's a day out when you're up and about screaming "BLAAAAAKE???"

Round 5. A 42-point win versus Sydney off the back of a Gary Ablett Jnr 3-goal final term. The little master also amassed a record 254 Supercoach points.

Round 6. A 1-point win in the West on ANZAC Day courtesy of Pav's poster.

Harry Taylor makes what will become a signature game-saving mark in the dying seconds.

Round 13. Mark Thompson's sandwich-gate at Subiaco, as Geelong ran out 135-point winners versus West Coast.

A 28-goal feast.

Round 19. 116-point winners over Melbourne. The cats had instilled a killer-instinct.

No. 85 was on point again that night.

Round 22. It had become a case of not "how" but by how much? 99-point winners over West Coast at home.

Qualifying Final versus St Kilda — to the tune of 58 points.

Preliminary Final versus the Western Bulldogs — through to the Grand Final by 29 points.

Savour the finals campaign, Cats fans.

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