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2022 AFL Grand Final: Geelong fans celebrate into the night as Swans fans lick their wounds


Geelong players and fans partied into the night after claiming their 10th flag in a dominant one-sided AFL Grand Final – while devastated Sydney supported drowned their sorrows.

The Cats were on fire from the start of Sunday’s final with a stunning 41-6 opening quarter before going on to register a whopping 133-52 victory.

In the evening, the victorious Cats players joined up with ecstatic fans at Yarra Park in Melbourne with the city lit up in blue and white as wild celebrations erupted. 

Packs of Cats fans swept the streets and filled pubs to celebrate their historic win – promising sore heads in the morning. 

The raucous atmosphere on the streets of Geelong was a stark contrast to Sydney, where unhappy fans drowned their sorrows with booze and kebabs as they trudged through the city’s almost deserted streets.  

Packs of Cats fans swept the streets and filled pubs to celebrate their historic win - promising sore heads in the morning

Packs of Cats fans swept the streets and filled pubs to celebrate their historic win - promising sore heads in the morning

Packs of Cats fans swept the streets and filled pubs to celebrate their historic win – promising sore heads in the morning

The drinks flowed as Cats fans partied late into the night to celebrate their AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday

The drinks flowed as Cats fans partied late into the night to celebrate their AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday

The drinks flowed as Cats fans partied late into the night to celebrate their AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday 

The Cats were on fire from the start of Sunday's premiership match with a stunning 41-6 opening quarter before going on to register a whopping 133-52 victory

The Cats were on fire from the start of Sunday's premiership match with a stunning 41-6 opening quarter before going on to register a whopping 133-52 victory

The Cats were on fire from the start of Sunday’s premiership match with a stunning 41-6 opening quarter before going on to register a whopping 133-52 victory

Geelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans - and their fans partied into the night

Geelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans - and their fans partied into the night

Geelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans – and their fans partied into the night

Geelong fans will probably be nursing sore heads in the morning with the party expected to continue long into the night

Geelong fans will probably be nursing sore heads in the morning with the party expected to continue long into the night

Geelong fans will probably be nursing sore heads in the morning with the party expected to continue long into the night

Joyous Cats fan partied late into the night as they celebrated their team's incredible AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday

Joyous Cats fan partied late into the night as they celebrated their team's incredible AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday

Joyous Cats fan partied late into the night as they celebrated their team’s incredible AFL Grand Final victory on Saturday

Thousands of Geelong fans took to the streets to celebrate a monstrous Geelong Cats win in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Thousands of Geelong fans took to the streets to celebrate a monstrous Geelong Cats win in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Thousands of Geelong fans took to the streets to celebrate a monstrous Geelong Cats win in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Wild Geelong celebrations continue into the night after their blowout AFL Grand Final win on Saturday with the alcohol flowingGeelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans

Wild Geelong celebrations continue into the night after their blowout AFL Grand Final win on Saturday with the alcohol flowingGeelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans

Wild Geelong celebrations continue into the night after their blowout AFL Grand Final win on Saturday with the alcohol flowingGeelong produced a near-perfect performance to smash the disappointing Sydney Swans

One ecstatic fan does the splits as she celebrates Geelong's blowout AFL Grand Final victory over Sydney on Saturday

One ecstatic fan does the splits as she celebrates Geelong's blowout AFL Grand Final victory over Sydney on Saturday

One ecstatic fan does the splits as she celebrates Geelong’s blowout AFL Grand Final victory over Sydney on Saturday

The victorious Cats players joined up with ecstatic fans at Yarra Park in Melbourne with the city lit up in blue and white as wild celebrations erupted

The victorious Cats players joined up with ecstatic fans at Yarra Park in Melbourne with the city lit up in blue and white as wild celebrations erupted

The victorious Cats players joined up with ecstatic fans at Yarra Park in Melbourne with the city lit up in blue and white as wild celebrations erupted

The Cats won a whopping 133-52 in front of a packed MCG crow d and celebrations spilled into the streets and look set to continue into the night

The Cats won a whopping 133-52 in front of a packed MCG crow d and celebrations spilled into the streets and look set to continue into the night

The Cats won a whopping 133-52 in front of a packed MCG crow d and celebrations spilled into the streets and look set to continue into the night

Various parts along the Waterfront and the Customs House water also were donned in Geelong colours as thousands of people celebrated on the streets of Melbourne

Various parts along the Waterfront and the Customs House water also were donned in Geelong colours as thousands of people celebrated on the streets of Melbourne

Mounted police were called to the wild celebrations to keep the crowd under control as celebrations took to the streets

Geelong Cats sing the team song after their huge win in the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match in Melbourne on Saturday

Geelong Cats sing the team song after their huge win in the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match in Melbourne on Saturday

Geelong Cats sing the team song after their huge win in the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match in Melbourne on Saturday

Geelong Mayor, Peter Murrihy took to Twitter to say, 'What a purr-fect day in Geelong'. A 'Go Cats' projection shining at City Hall in Geelong.

Geelong Mayor, Peter Murrihy took to Twitter to say, 'What a purr-fect day in Geelong'. A 'Go Cats' projection shining at City Hall in Geelong.

Geelong Mayor, Peter Murrihy took to Twitter to say, ‘What a purr-fect day in Geelong’. A ‘Go Cats’ projection shining at City Hall in Geelong.

The mood was low among Sydney Swans supporters as they headed home after their team was thrashed in the AFL Grand Final

The mood was low among Sydney Swans supporters as they headed home after their team was thrashed in the AFL Grand Final

The mood was low among Sydney Swans supporters as they headed home after their team was thrashed in the AFL Grand Final

Fans in Sydney shared an embrace as they bit down on their kebab to try to soothe the pain of a finals loss

Fans in Sydney shared an embrace as they bit down on their kebab to try to soothe the pain of a finals loss

Fans in Sydney shared an embrace as they bit down on their kebab to try to soothe the pain of a finals loss

Bad weather and a worse result had fans going home early in Sydney on Saturday night after their heavy Grand Final loss

Bad weather and a worse result had fans going home early in Sydney on Saturday night after their heavy Grand Final loss

Bad weather and a worse result had fans going home early in Sydney on Saturday night after their heavy Grand Final loss

Sydney fans ended up calling it early going to a nearby kebab shop to soak up the booze and disappointment of the night

Sydney fans ended up calling it early going to a nearby kebab shop to soak up the booze and disappointment of the night

Sydney fans ended up calling it early going to a nearby kebab shop to soak up the booze and disappointment of the night

The thrashing appeared to leave Sydney fans in a somber mood, with many pictured embracing and comforting each other

The thrashing appeared to leave Sydney fans in a somber mood, with many pictured embracing and comforting each other

The thrashing appeared to leave Sydney fans in a somber mood, with many pictured embracing and comforting each other

The Swans supporters lounge in Sydney was sour much like the weather with many people leaving as the night set in

The Swans supporters lounge in Sydney was sour much like the weather with many people leaving as the night set in

The Swans supporters lounge in Sydney was sour much like the weather with many people leaving as the night set in

Under lights and led by Cats star Jeremy Cameron the players were met with deafening cheers in Melbourne’s Yarra Park.

Geelong Mayor, Peter Murrihy took to Twitter to say, ‘What a purr-fect day in Geelong’.

While a ‘Go Cats’ projection shone at City Hall in Geelong. 

Various parts along the Waterfront and Customs House were also donned in Geelong colours.

Most supporters in Sydney ended up calling it an early night, with the gloomy weather conditions matching their mood. 

Some enjoyed a late night kebab, though they appeared despondent as they trudged through the mostly deserted streets. 

Earlier, coach John Longmire said Sydney had ‘buggered’ everything up in their nightmare AFL grand final.

Longmire admitted picking veteran forward Sam Reid was a mistake and said his players were mentally and physically overawed in a defeat that will be hard to digest.

Sydney punted – and lost – on Reid’s fitness, with the 30-year-old battling a groin injury suffered in the preliminary final.

The low-key scenes in Sydney were a stark contrast to the wild party atmosphere in Geelong on Saturday night after the final

The low-key scenes in Sydney were a stark contrast to the wild party atmosphere in Geelong on Saturday night after the final

The low-key scenes in Sydney were a stark contrast to the wild party atmosphere in Geelong on Saturday night after the final

Gloomy Swans fans call it an early night after suffering a devastating Grand Final defeat to the Cats

Gloomy Swans fans call it an early night after suffering a devastating Grand Final defeat to the Cats

Gloomy Swans fans call it an early night after suffering a devastating Grand Final defeat to the Cats

Geelong Cats 2022 Grand Final champions photo. Geelong player Isaac Smith was named the Norm Smith medalist as the game's best and fairest player

Geelong Cats 2022 Grand Final champions photo. Geelong player Isaac Smith was named the Norm Smith medalist as the game's best and fairest player

Geelong Cats 2022 Grand Final champions photo. Geelong player Isaac Smith was named the Norm Smith medalist as the game’s best and fairest player

The final result was a whopping 133-52 to the Cats with Geelong player Isaac Smith named the Norm Smith medalist as the game's best and fairest player

The final result was a whopping 133-52 to the Cats with Geelong player Isaac Smith named the Norm Smith medalist as the game's best and fairest player

The final result was a whopping 133-52 to the Cats with Geelong player Isaac Smith named the Norm Smith medalist as the game’s best and fairest player

Under lights and led by Cats star Jeremy Cameron the players were met with deafening cheers at Yarra Park in Melbourne

Under lights and led by Cats star Jeremy Cameron the players were met with deafening cheers at Yarra Park in Melbourne

Under lights and led by Cats star Jeremy Cameron the players were met with deafening cheers at Yarra Park in Melbourne

Geelong Cats players pose with the premiership cup on stage after winning today's 2022 AFL Grand Final, at Yarra Park

Geelong Cats players pose with the premiership cup on stage after winning today's 2022 AFL Grand Final, at Yarra Park

Geelong Cats players pose with the premiership cup on stage after winning today’s 2022 AFL Grand Final, at Yarra Park

The Geelong faithful marched through the streets lapping up the glory and the night

The Geelong faithful marched through the streets lapping up the glory and the night

The Geelong faithful marched through the streets lapping up the glory and the night

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats celebrates with wife Mardi and children George and Felicity after winning the AFL Grand Final

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats celebrates with wife Mardi and children George and Felicity after winning the AFL Grand Final

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats celebrates with wife Mardi and children George and Felicity after winning the AFL Grand Final

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats holds the premiership cup after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats holds the premiership cup after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats holds the premiership cup after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Zach Tuohy of the Cats is chaired off the ground for his 250th game during the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans

Zach Tuohy of the Cats is chaired off the ground for his 250th game during the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans

Zach Tuohy of the Cats is chaired off the ground for his 250th game during the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans

The key forward was substituted out of the grand final early in the third term after hobbling off late in the second quarter after having just four handballs.

‘We were obviously confident, that is why we picked him,’ Longmire said.

‘But we made a mistake.’

‘From the first bounce, the game looked as foreign as what we have played it this year,’ he added.

‘There was no element that we got right.

‘No aspect of the game looked like the way we wanted to play it … from the selection of Sam to the way the game looked, we just didn’t get it right.’

Asked if his team was overwhelmed by the occasion, Longmire replied, ‘That is what it looked like’.

‘We just didn’t have our heads in the game from the very start.

Postgame, Cats captain Joel Selwood said his side deserved a grand final win. 

‘Man, it’s been… They’re so hard to win. They’re so hard to win. Every side says it, but I think we deserved one,’ he said.

‘Just been bashing away. We don’t apologise to being up there, having a crack at it each year. So many, please get around all of them. They all have great stories.’ 

Geelong player Isaac Smith was named the Norm Smith medalist as the game’s best and fairest player. 

Cats players celebrate in front of dejected Swans players at full-time in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Cats players celebrate in front of dejected Swans players at full-time in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Cats players celebrate in front of dejected Swans players at full-time in the 2022 AFL Grand Final

Joel Selwood, captain of the Cats, and wife Brit celebrate after winning the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Joel Selwood, captain of the Cats, and wife Brit celebrate after winning the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Joel Selwood, captain of the Cats, and wife Brit celebrate after winning the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Jeremy Cameron, Brad Close and Joel Selwood of the Cats celebrate with the premiership cup after their team's win

Jeremy Cameron, Brad Close and Joel Selwood of the Cats celebrate with the premiership cup after their team's win

Jeremy Cameron, Brad Close and Joel Selwood of the Cats celebrate with the premiership cup after their team’s win

The final got off to a scintillating start as Robbie Williams’ pre-game performance garnered rave reviews. 

Williams spine-tingling setlist included all of his biggest hits, as well as a cover of John Farnham’s The Voice.

He also paid tribute to Shane Warne as the cricket legend’s children sat in the MCG stand now bearing his name.

He was later joined by Delta Goodrem for a duet of his song Kids.

One viewer wrote: ‘Best pregame I’ve seen. Robbie is built for that setting. Great start to the day.’

‘Wow! Safe to say the @AFL nailed the pre match entertainment with @robbiewilliams and then @robbiewilliams & @DeltaGoodrem,’ one person wrote on social media.

‘Robbie and Delta singing together was best entertainment to date,’ commented another.

Viewers however didn’t react so well to the half-time entertainment. The most diverse and progressive halftime show in AFL Grand Final history was savaged by viewers as ‘worse than Meatloaf’s’ disastrous 2011 performance.

Australia’s First Nation performers were given the spotlight at the halftime show at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne on Saturday, but some disgruntled viewers called it a ‘woke’ move designed to ‘tick boxes’.

While Aussie rock band Goanna led the performance with their 1982 hit Solid Rock, they were joined by Indigenous artists including Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton.

Indie rockers The Temper Trap also performed with Indigenous stars Budjerah and Ngaiire.

Adding more diversity to the halftime lineup was nonbinary singer G Flip, who uses they/them pronouns and is currently dating American reality star Chrishell Stause from Netflix’s Selling Sunset.

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates after winning the match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates after winning the match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates after winning the match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates with family and friends after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final match

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates with family and friends after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final match

Sam De Koning of the Cats celebrates with family and friends after winning the 2022 AFL Grand Final match

G Flip opened the performance with a roaring drum solo, before later coming back in to belt out Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

Christine Anu and Emma Donovan were then introduced with an incredible didgeridoo solo, which bled into Goanna’s Solid Rock.

While many viewers were no doubt happy to see underrepresented minority groups being given center stage, others called it ‘woke’ and said the vocals weren’t up to scratch.

‘That halftime show was pretty bad, felt like they were trying to be woke. Was it just me?’ complained one.

‘Dreadful halftime show at the @AFL grand final. More about ticking boxes then entertainment! We get lectured to everyday bit over it coming into sport,’ tweeted another.




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