Cats dare to dream
Army of fans set to fly flag in enemy territory
CATS fans are daring to dream of a grand final berth as a blueand-white army prepares to converge on Adelaide for Friday’s preliminary final against the Crows.
The Cats’ semi-final win over the Swans, bouncing back after a shocker against Richmond, showed the Geelong Football Club should never be written off.
A convey of buses will leave Simonds Stadium at 6am on Friday and take eager fans deep into enemy territory for the Crows clash that night.
Geelong cheer squad member Steve Joseph is one of many devoted Cats supporters who will travel to Adelaide to support Geelong.
“I was pretty confident we’d get the win on Friday,” he said.
“They’d been put under the hammer ... and they came out and just got the job done.
“I know of about 40 cheer squad members who will be making the trip to Adelaide, and heaps of other members.”
Joining the finals fever are the Geelong Falcons, who yesterday booked a spot in their first TAC Cup grand final since 2000 after beating Dandenong.
The Geelong Cats have one more hurdle to overcome — in the shape of minor premier Adelaide at a hostile Adelaide Oval — before getting a shot at grand final glory.
Geelong local turned Hollywood superstar Guy Pearce joined in on the celebrations at the weekend, turning to Twitter to show his excitement.
“@GeelongCats Yeah baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Pearce shared with his more than 18,000 followers.
But seeing the Cats take another swipe at September glory isn’t going to be cheap.
Mr Joseph fears high prices will discourage Cats fans from making the trip to Adelaide.
Flying to Adelaide on Friday and returning on Saturday will set fans back at least $350.
The Cats’ bus service, costing $125, leaves Geelong on Friday morning and returns on Saturday morning.
Fans can register their interest on the Geelong Cats website.
The phones have been also ringing off the hook at Gee-
long Travel, which has partnered with the Geelong Football Club to offer fans ticket and travel and accommodation packages.
Late yesterday there were still limited category one tickets available from the Belmont-based travel agency. The Geelong Advertiser is giving away a double pass to the 2017 AFL grand final. To enter, visit geelongadvertiser.com.au/ competitions and enter the codeword found on Page 4 today. There will be a different codeword in the Addy every day this week. The more often you enter, the more chances you have to win. Entries close on September 22 at 11.59pm. CONTENTED CATS: Geelong coach Chris Scott grins like a Cheshire cat as he arrives at training with daughter Leila on Saturday; and (left) the Cats cheer squad is preparing to head to Adelaide.