For the primary time of their illustrious teaching careers, Chris Scott and John Longmire will face off towards one another in an AFL grand last and – irrespective of the end result – considered one of them will stroll away with their identify etched in historical past and a second premiership cup beneath their belts.
Each Scott and Longmire began their teaching careers in a blaze of glory. Scott, extremely, managed to get his arms on AFL silverware within the first 12 months he took on the senior teaching place at Geelong again in 2011.
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In the identical 12 months, Longmire grabbed the Sydney teaching reins from Paul Roos.
Sure, Scott instantly struck gold, but it surely solely took Longmire two years to hitch the premiership celebration when the Swans defeated Hawthorn within the thrilling 2012 grand finale.
Longmire and his Swans would go on to play in two extra grand finals in 2014 and 2016 with out tasting success.
It took the Cats till 2020 to seem of their subsequent decider beneath Scott, regardless of an unimaginable run of top-eight finishes.
Scott has a ridiculous 72.87 per cent profitable file in house and away seasons, the most effective of any AFL/VFL coach with over 100 video games to his identify.
Nevertheless, previous to this September, his file in finals slumped to 40 per cent (it has since improved to 44.44 per cent on the again of his previous two finals victories).
He has missed finals eleven throughout his tenure and that was in 2015 when the Cats completed tenth.
Longmire’s house and away file can be spectacular at 64.09 per cent, and he edges Scott in finals with a 52.17 per cent profitable file. And like Scott, Longmire has a knack of getting his staff into the finals.
Nevertheless, in 2019 and 2020 the Swans determined upon a tough reset and began what some considered a controversial rebuild. Sydney drifted down the ladder. Some long-term favorites have been cleaned out. They injected youth, life and a splash of dare into their well-known Bloods tradition, and a brand new course was set.
So spectacular are the Sydney kids that six of them have been named within the AFLPA’s 22Under22 squad (probably the most of any membership).
Geelong, alternatively, has been shrewd on the recruiting desk and introduced in seasoned warriors to assist preserve it within the finals combine. Hawthorn’s Isaac Smith and Jonathon Ceglar, Higher Western Sydney’s Jeremy Cameron, North Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins, Sydney’s Gary Rohan, Western Bulldogs’ Luke Dahlhaus, St Kilda’s Rhys Stanley and Adelaide’s Patrick Dangerfield are simply a number of the names arriving at Kardinia Park lately.
In reality, over the previous few weeks they’ve been enjoying the oldest 22 in VFL/AFL historical past with the preliminary last staff having a mean age of 28 years and 173 days.
There isn’t a doubt rival golf equipment look on with envy on the method Geelong continues to navigate its method by way of each single AFL season to maintain itself across the mark when the whips are cracking.
And there’s no doubt the AFL world is scratching its collective head in disbelief on the pace of Sydney’s rebuild to as soon as once more put itself in flag competition.
In reality, because the flip of the century, there have been 10 grand finals which have featured a Geelong or a Sydney (it is really been 10 grand finals because the Swans’ drought-breaking win in 2005).
On Saturday, that tally strikes to 11.
So, as we stay up for what must be a captivating grand finale, we’re asking you THIS easy query: Who would you fairly be, Chris Scott or John Longmire?