Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harmes Says Cats Can Reign in the Wet

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Harmes Says Cats Can Reign in the Wet

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Tomorrow at the MCG, 2.30pm

Teams: Collingwood Co Backs: Toovey Reid O'Brien Half-backs: Maxwell Tarrant Shaw Centres: Blair Swan D Thomas Half-forwards: Johnson L Brown Didak Forwards: Sidebottom Cloke Ball Followers: Jolly Pendlebury Rover: Krakouer Interchange: Davis Wellingham Dawes Fasolo Emergencies: Goldsack Wood Sinclair In: Fasolo Out: Beams (groin)

Geelong Co Backs: J Hunt Scarlett Lonergan Half-backs: Enright Taylor Wojcinski Centres: Selwood Bartel Mackie Half-forwards: S Johnson Hawkins Varcoe Forwards: West Podsiadly Chapman Followers: Ottens Ling Rover: Corey Interchange: Kelly Duncan Stokes Christensen Emergencies: Milburn Byrnes Guthrie In: Nil Out: Nil

CARLTON great Wayne Harmes won the inaugural Norm Smith Medal in the wet and he insisted yesterday that natural footballers, rather than athletes, held the advantage when it rained in a grand final.

That is where he thinks Geelong holds an advantage over Collingwood in tomorrow's heavyweight decider, pointing to players such as Paul Chapman Co best afield in slogging conditions in the 2009 epic win over St Kilda.

Harmes, the barrel-chested former Blue whose diving tap from the boundary line led to Ken Sheldon's crucial goal in 1979 against the Magpies, said there was no room for finesse when it was pouring down at the MCG on grand final day.

C[pounds sterling]It's when you've really got to grow some bravery,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It's going to be the smaller, stocky types putting their heads over the footy and being prepared to put their bodies on the line.

C[pounds sterling]I see a lot of it in Geelong. I just love the way Paul Chapman commits to a contest.

C[pounds sterling]Jimmy Bartel, Joel Selwood, Chapman, they've got a plethora of guys, players who know nothing different apart from sticking their heads over the footy and they have no care for their own safety. …

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