The drawn Grand Final digs up an important question. Who goes into this weekend’s Grand Final replay with the advantage?
Collingwood and St. Kilda both have claims of “they should have won it”.
If Travis Cloke had the polish and class to convert his two missed opportunities late in the second quarter, the game would have been shot and the Saints’ fate marked.
If Milne had chased down Lenny Hayes’ kick before the ball rushed over for a behind, the Saints’ 44 year premiership drought would had been broken.
There are countless “what ifs”, but both sides will now be moving on and looking optimistically at their chances this week.
One would suspect St. Kilda will have the psychological edge over Collingwood because of their brave fight back and individual duels won.
While, Collingwood should be more physically fresh then the Saints. Mick Malthouse has rested players throughout the year with consistent rotation of players coming in the side and out. Also, the Pies’ team is considerably younger than the Saints and don’t seem to have the same amount of question marks over players’ fitness.
Jason Gram and Nick Dal Santo are clearly carrying injuries. Both players are crucial to St. Kilda’s ability to penetrate and run through Collingwood’s pressing zone.
What is the better advantage to have? The psychological or physical?
Time will tell.