Cats dare to dream

Army of fans set to fly flag in en­emy ter­ri­tory

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - JAIMEE WILKENS

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-

Pic­tures: ALAN BAR­BER, MARK WIL­SON

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.

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