The Bombers' went into the match without star full-forward John Coleman who had been suspended for four matches.
The win by Geelong capped off a brilliant season for the Cats. They won the Minor Premiership for finishing on top of the home and away ladder, Bernie Smith won the Brownlow Medal and George Goninon was the league's leading goalkicker. It was Geelong's first flag since winning the 1937 VFL Grand Final.
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