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Buti's Call: Seven out of eight ain't bad as real season begins

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27.08.2019

I know this is being small minded but I can’t resist – I told you so.

Before the season commenced I said the Brisbane Lions would be one of the big improvers this year and would play finals football. Some friends and acquaintances thought I had drunk too much vino.

John Worsfold has said he'll study how the Hawks defeated West Coast in preparation for the elimination final against the Eagles.Credit:AAP

Also a few weeks into the season, with sections of the Melbourne media baying for blood after a shaky start by the Essendon Bombers, I wrote that only a fool would write John Worsfold off.

In response a former journalist and Facebook friend told me I didn’t know what I was talking about and I should stick to politics.

For most of the season pundits and footy tipsters have been tearing their hair out with the number of upset wins. It has been one of those seasons.

However, the make-up of this year’s final eight is pretty much as I predicted; my only blemish being Melbourne out and the Western Bulldogs in.

While I predicted Geelong would be in the eight, I didn’t expect them to finish at the top of the mountain. Whether they remain there until the last Saturday in September remains to be seen.

Their patchy form since the mid-season bye does expose some fragility and vulnerability when opposing teams successfully slow the tempo of the game.

If the Cats are able to play their way - quick transition from defence to attack with the Fab Five of Dangerfield, Kelly, Selwood, Stewart and Duncan moving the ball with precision and speed - they will be hard to beat in the finals.

Also........

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