AFL Round-Up: Geelong play the hits to crush Sydney and bring the curtain down on 2022 season

Geelong are premiers again, their dominant grand final victory over Sydney an anti-climactic but emotionally fitting end to a season that has captivated footy fans.

Welcome to the AFL Round-Up, where we will digest the 2022 AFL grand final.

Geelong, the greatest team of all

It’s easy to see in retrospect that this was always going to be a Geelong day.

The Swans merited consideration due to their strong season and excellent showing in finals, but any analysis of the grand final teams generally concluded that if the Cats turned up at somewhere near their best, they would win the game.

Joel Selwood kiss Levi Ablett on the head as he walks onto the MCG
Joel Selwood and Levi Ablett provided the best moment of the day before the ball had been bounced.(Getty Images: Cameron Spencer)

But it was more than that for Geelong. The whole occasion had the feeling of coronation, one that has been many weeks and months and years in the making. The Cats, to their credit, leaned into it without ever becoming disrespectful of their opposition.

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