Geelong took out the minor premiership by finishing with 15 wins from 18 games. A 12 point win over Melbourne saw Geelong advance to the Grand Final against reigning premiers Collingwood. The Magpies raced to an early three goal lead before Geelong cut the deficit to five points at the main break. Scores were level at three quarter time before a six goal to one final term saw the Cats take the flag.
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