2011 Premiers: The Cats

GEELONG has claimed the club’s ninth premiership and marked itself as one of the greatest sides of all time with a stunning 38-point Grand Final win against Collingwood.

The Cats and the Pies were the two best teams of the season and they played out an epic contest in front of 99,537 fans at the MCG, with Chris Scott’s men prevailing 18.11 (119) to 12.9 (81).

The win over the Magpies, who had lost only two matches for the season, both against the Cats, gave Geelong its third premiership in five seasons.

Geelong eked out a seven-point lead at three-quarter time after a see-sawing third term that saw the lead change hands five times, but in the last quarter the Magpies couldn’t go with the Cats, who finished full of running.

Jimmy Bartel and Joel Selwood both had an enormous influence around the stoppages and it was Bartel who got the nod for the Norm Smith Medal for his 26-possession, three-goal performance.

Australia Post released a medallion cover dated on the 14 November 2011. It had the P stamp from the Souvenir Sheet and the seasonal AFL premiership Postmark.

Coversplease produced three covers for the win.

The official postmark on the Postal Medallion Cover is the 14 November 2011. The date on the first Premiership Cover from CoversPlease (above) is the 26th October 2011 (Australia Post must have decided that Geelong would be so successful that a movable date stamp was indicated. They did win three of the Five Premierships on offer for the period of the seasonal postmark.)

Australia Post also released a souvenir sheet.