Geelong players have taken an epic swipe at critics who said they couldn't win the AFL flag because of their ageing roster, dressing up as elderly people for their premiership celebrations on Monday.
Cats players gathered at the Wharf Shed in Geelong on Monday to continue the party following their thrashing of the Sydney Swans in Saturday's grand final.
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A group of players including captain Joel Selwood and fellow veteran Patrick Dangerfield arrived dressed as elderly men - a pointed dig at the club's critics.
The players even arrived in a minibus and were using walking frames, while Isaac Smith pretended to suffer a fall and was helped up by Dangerfield.
— Braden Ingram (@bradeningram) September 26, 2022
The Cats fielded the oldest team in the league's 126-year history on Saturday, but were full of running in a 20.13 (133) to 8.4 (52) victory in front of 100,024 fans at the MCG.
Their second flag under Chris Scott is their 10th overall and first since 2011, confirming their status as the best club of the 21st century - with four premierships from 12 final-four finishes in the past 16 years.
The victory margin with the fifth-highest in grand final history as the Cats restricted Sydney to their lowest score of the season.
It also came after critics repeatedly wrote them off due to their ageing roster, with the average age of their grand final team 28 years and 206 days.
"We never had any intention of trying to prove people wrong ... but it does feel like it's been a really long, challenging road," coach Chris Scott told reporters afterward.
"We've been consistent.
"But it feels as if it's been a bit of a cruel game because we've done everything we can to give all our people a chance and with that comes great emotional risk if you don't get it done at the end of the season."
Patrick Dangerfield pleased to silence the critics
The 33-year-old Smith (32 disposals, three goals) claimed the Norm Smith medal as best afield - the oldest player ever to win the gong - and snared the fourth premiership medal of his career after winning three at Hawthorn.
Smith helped 34-year-old Tom Hawkins spark the Cats' six-goal first term which laid the platform for victory.
Hawkins finished with three goals, while 32-year-old Dangerfield (26 disposals), 31-year-old Mark Blicavs (23 disposals) and 34-year-old Selwood (26 disposals, one goal) were outstanding - and among the 10 Cats aged 30 years or older.
Selwood was particularly influential early in his record-breaking 40th finals appearance - one more than Hawthorn legend Michael Tuck.
"I always had belief in this team, our coaches, we all did," Dangerfield said on Saturday.
"We get written off every year and we joke about it internally.
"It's nice to shut a few of the haters up, but we don't do it for that reason, we do it for each other."
Trolling the AFL and doubters now, and I'm here for it. 😆🏆
— Tee 💙🤍🏆 (@asz_tee) September 26, 2022
Geelong do Mad Monday better than any other club and it’s not even close
— Nick Walters (@NickWalters1) September 26, 2022
— Rexy (@rexxy39) September 26, 2022
that makes it all the more embarrassing for the rest of the comp then 😉
— Joseph (@Jojo_con18) September 26, 2022
Geelong players going to Mad Monday as elderly people with walking aids from a retirement home is the greatest!#GeelongStrong
— Matt (@MattATTurvey) September 26, 2022
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