We got the right two!
By Jevan Collins
Footy it’s a strange game and has a funny way of working things out such as our two Grand Final opponent The Demons and The Bulldogs in 2021.
These two teams have met in a grand final before in 1954 which the Bulldogs won 15.12.102 to 7.9.51 on the 25th of September, how is that a coincidence well the Demons and Bulldogs meet each other in the 2021 AFL Grand Final on the 25th of September. These two teams have had different journeys to get here Melbourne has endured so much pain and heartbreak since 1964 after several wooden spoons and sacked coaches they can finally break a 57-year premiership drought.
The Bulldogs on the other hand had a longer premiership drought before it was broken after that amazing finals run in 2016 and they will look to do the same thing in 2021 with their gun new recruit Adam Treloar who was discarded by Collingwood at the end of last season.
Let’s take a look at how both these teams got to the big dance, the Dees were in the top two for most of this season but to get there ha on the clubs first minor premiership since 1964 they had to travel to Geelong and their skipper Max Gawn made sure of it by kicking a goal after the siren to win the minor premiership, The Dees then played Brisbane in the qualifying final in Adelaide beating them by 33 points, they then secured the week off and flew to Perth and watched the game intently between the cats and giants to see who they would play in the prelim.
Melbourne would take on Geelong for a spot in the grand final and didn’t the Dees show the aging cats list how it was done on Friday night as they spanked them by 83 points and a man of the match performances from their skipper Max Gawn, who tore the game to shreds in the 3rd quarter with 4 Goals to qualify for their first Grand Final since 2000.
The Bulldogs on the other hand like to do things the hard way after also being in the top 2 all year the Bulldogs lost their last 3 games of the year and slipped out of the top 4 on percentage to Brisbane, but when the going gets tough the dogs get going starting out with a trip to Launceston to play Essendon in the elimination final which they won by 49 points a date with Lions was next and wasn’t this an exciting game to watch with Latham Vandermeer keeping their season alive with a rushed behind to win by a point in one of the best games of AFL you’ve ever seen.
On Saturday the Bulldogs traveled to Adelaide to take on the power who have had the week off at a hostile Adelaide oval, but the crowd was no match for the Bulldogs as the Bulldogs beat Port by 71 points to qualify them for the 2021 AFL Grand Final, the dogs are an extraordinary story as they have been in 5 states in a fortnight and were not allowed to train in South Australia.
This is going to be a ripper of a Grand Final the only sad news is Melbourne spiritual leader Nathan Jones will not play the GF as he had to fly back to Victoria to be beside his pregnant wife, Jonas is the heart and soul of Melbourne, and he will be sadly missed a bit like Bob Murphy in the 2016 Grand Final as he was the heart and soul of the Bulldogs.
But it brings me back to my point that footy is a strange game and has a funny way of working things out in the end as I believe we got the best two teams all year squaring off at Optus Stadium in a fortnights time.
Will the heartbeat true for the Red and the Blue for the Demons or will the Bulldogs truly become the sons of the west?