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Geelong v Hawthorn finals preview

Could we ask for a better match to kick off the 2011 AFL finals series, or any series for that matter?

Only five points separated these two clubs last time they met at the MCG in round 12 of this year with Geelong taking the points from the Hawks in the last few minutes.

This rivalry isn’t new and is far from taken lightly by all involved.

Who can forget the 1989 grand final on 30 September – the 93rd of the VFL? 94, 796 crammed into the ‘G to witness Hawthorn win by six points, and one of the greatest grand finals of all time. Then there was Mark Yeates and Dermie.

The hatred remains true and strong this very day, just pose the question to Chappy. Geelong went down to Hawthorn on the big stage in 2008 but since then, they boys from down the highway have won all contests since including both games this year.

Clarkson rested eight regular players last week against the Gold Coast including Hodge, Buddy, Lewis and Sewelly. They all return for tonight’s clash.

Stokes and Lonergan come in for the Cats – Mooney, Byrnes (inj.) and Milburn have been left out by Scott.

The stage is set and the big guns are set to fire … let the games begin.

Geelong by 13 points in a thriller.

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