Ablett the key to 2009 flag
COLLINGWOOD’S stinging loss to Geelong on Saturday night wasn’t a classic case of Colliwobbles.
The Cats were at their destructive best, as they are hell bent on avenging last year’s heartbreaking Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
When you have as someone as passionate as Gary Ablett driving Geelong’s midfield, it is tough to stop their charter to win the 2009 AFL Grand Final against St Kilda.
The Magpies will be suffering badly after their disappointing preliminary final loss to the Cats.
But cutting losses can often fuel ambitions to win critical matches in future campaigns. The young Magpies will improve, under the steadying influence of coach Mick Malthouse and club great Nathan Buckley.
I’m tipping that the Pies will be a stronger force next year.
If anyone saw Ablett’s shattered face after the Cats’ 2008 Grand Final loss, you knew he felt the stinging defeat more than anyone.
Ablett wants this Grand Final victory more than any other AFL player. You can tell by his hunger for the ball, his drive and his determination to be the best he can be.
With a strong ball carrier like Ablett, it could mean the difference between Geelong and St Kilda in Saturday’s showdown.
I am tipping Geelong to win because I believe they want the premiership cup more than the Saints.
The Cats’ cohesion, and the strength of their midfield and backline will give them the edge over St Kilda.
The Cats seem more comfortable in executing their game plan in this finals series. The Saints had a tough game against the Bulldogs and it could zap them, in terms of leg speed.
On-field leadership could prove the key for this year’s Grand Final victory.
If Riewoldt is blocked, it could signal the Saints’ demise.
I cannot see anyone stopping Ablett’s tenacity for the ball. For that reason, I am tipping that Ablett will be the catalyst in leading his Cats to glory this Saturday.
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