September 18, 2004


Whoa! Luke Power just got knocked out. This Geelong/Brisbane preliminary final is excellent. Cats up by four points with eleven minutes to go in the second quarter (on delayed telecast).

UPDATE. Power is back, but now Shaun Hart has been taken out of the game by team-mate Daniel Bradley ... er, Bradshaw. Haven't seen that much blood since Francis Bourke.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 18, 2004 09:50 PM

Brisbane won. They looked tired. They're in the Grand Final, again.

Now, let's see one-time Essendon Bombers player Gavin Wanganeen bring the cup home to Port Adelaide.

Posted by: ilibcc at September 18, 2004 at 11:19 PM

So close, yet so #$@#$ far. Jeez, for a second there I thought Geelong had done the impossible.

To deepen the pain, this makes it the first all-interstate grandfinal. Shit.

Carn the CATTERS!!!!

Posted by: Catatac at September 19, 2004 at 12:33 AM

Not the same without the blues beating the woods, by a point.

Posted by: nic at September 19, 2004 at 01:09 AM

Hey Tim, could you do us Yanks a favor and tell us if your talking Australian Football, Rugby, or soccer. Thanks ( I asssume football as there is blood and all, though I have watched a rugby match where ther must have been half a dozen serious injuries.)

Posted by: David at September 19, 2004 at 01:11 AM


Tim is referring to Australian Football (or "Aussie Rules).

Well, I'm not complaining about tonight's result as I'm a Lions fan myself :-)

I reckon that if they can find a WIN even in a situation like that, then they definitely deserve to be favorites next week. C'mon on lads - FOUR in a row!!!

Posted by: Richard at September 19, 2004 at 01:49 AM

Hmmm, never mind the ozzi rules, in Rugby League, North Queensland have THRASHED the reviled southerners (brisbane) !!!!! 10-0

Posted by: steve at September 19, 2004 at 02:23 AM

Shaun Hart has been taken out of the game by team-mate Daniel Bradley.

That would be "Bradshaw". Come on Tim, that's the sort of slip that Tim Webster is famous for - you've been living in Sydney too long. Actually Voss almost KO'd Hart earlier in the game, so his teammates were gunning for him. There'll be a few sore Lions this week.

Great game, as was last night's.

Posted by: Craig Mc at September 19, 2004 at 02:57 AM

A better Websterism would have been if I'd called him "Don Bradshaw".

Posted by: tim at September 19, 2004 at 03:51 AM

Thanks Richard.

Posted by: David at September 19, 2004 at 04:15 AM

Thanks Richard.

Posted by: David at September 19, 2004 at 04:16 AM

DELAYED TELECAST??? I don't understand. You don't get a big game, match whatever, live?

Posted by: YoJimbo at September 19, 2004 at 04:34 AM

To my fellow Americans...

If you are confused about the differences then educate thyself about Aussie rules at a site oriented toward US and Canadian fans of the sport:

Posted by: Rob at September 19, 2004 at 06:13 AM

We seem to have ended up with an all non-Victorian Grand Final?

Will the Victorians turn up?

Posted by: Quentin George at September 19, 2004 at 09:37 AM

Will the Victorians turn up?

We'll find out soon. There hasn't been such a thing as a spare grand final ticket since forever. I expect it will be the same this week. I'm a Carlton supporter and I'd go to it, although I expect I'll be watching it on the box.

As for delayed telecasts, that only applies to the town where the game is played so as to not affect gate receipts. Other centres get it live. As the GF is always a sellout, it is broadcast live.

BTW, other games during the year occasionally sellout and are also broadcast live.

Posted by: Craig Mc at September 19, 2004 at 01:44 PM

Hail my heroic hometown Cats. They didn't win but by jingo they knocked the stuffing out of the Lions, lifting Port Adelaide's chances of a Grand Final win immensely. And you know what that means, Tim? Collingwood's four-on-the-trot premiership record would remain unequalled. Go the mighty Port Power!!!!

Posted by: slatts at September 19, 2004 at 03:18 PM

I made a prediction after the Saints Vs. Port Adelaide game, that I still stick to.

Saints will still win the premiership. You doubters say "how do you propose that one?"

Simple Einstein!!

Pitch invasion!!

Instead of our faithful, making a US type pre-emptive strike on the field during the final, my "new revised strike" theory is a very sound one.

The TEAM invades the field, turn it into a three way!!

Go Saints!!

I think we can jump from here.

Posted by: Joe at September 19, 2004 at 08:23 PM

There are some commentators (I don't have a link but they know who they are) who suggest that the Saints lost the preliminary final becasue of a pitch invasion in the first quarter that stopped the game when the Saints had all the momentum.

Posted by: john at September 20, 2004 at 09:24 AM

John should be aware that the people who invaded the "pitch" were in fact other Saints supporters celebrating Gehrig's 100th goal for the season. Idiots.

Oh, and go the Power!

Posted by: other john at September 20, 2004 at 12:31 PM