I appear to have been prescient in warning the cat fancying Enigmatic Misanthrope that the Geelong Cats, despite their sterling record, were not the best bet for the AFL Premiership. To wit, a quote from Rohan Connolly in Oz's The Age:
Just a few weeks ago, the AFL premiership seemed a race in two between St Kilda and Geelong. Now, a week out from the finals, the flag could be anyone's.Go Magpies!
When the Saints and Cats clashed in round 14, both were undefeated. But Geelong has lost four of its past eight games. Yesterday, St Kilda, after having strung 19 consecutive wins together, lost its second in a row, this time by five points to North Melbourne.
St Kilda and Geelong will still finish the home-and-away season next week in the top two spots on the AFL ladder. But coming hard are Collingwood, which yesterday against Sydney won the 12th of its past 13 matches, and the Western Bulldogs, who beat the Cats on Friday night.