Cats will win, unless it rains

Rain is the only thing that could stop Geelong winning Saturday night’s Grand Final against Richmond according to Brisbane Lions captain Dayne Zorko.

The Lions took care of the Tigers in a qualifying final at the Gabba, only to lose to the Cats at the same venue in last Saturday’s preliminary final.

Still hurting at missing the rare chance at playing in a home Grand Final, Zorko expects the Cats to inflict similar pain on Richmond.

“If it rains Richmond will probably be the favourites but I just like the way Geelong play,” Zorko said.

“They have a unique game style that no-one else in the competition plays.

“They can score in a lot of different ways, and I think the form they’re in at the moment … I like Geelong.

“Even if it does rain I still think they can get the job done.”

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Zorko said wet conditions would help the Tigers because they preferred the ball on the ground.

“That’s until they get deep inside forward where (Tom) Lynch and (Jack) Riewoldt can really be an aerial focus,” he said.

“But they’re a team that plays a hard, contested-brand game, they like the ball on the ground, lots of fast turnover plays.

“Geelong don’t like that. They won’t want a turnover game, but if Richmond can produce that, that’ll certainly help them, but I just like the way Geelong’s playing at the moment. “

Zorko’s teammate Grant Birchall, a four-time premiership winner at Hawthorn, also said that Saturday’s forecast of slight rain would help the Tigers.

“If it rains it probably favours Richmond a little bit more, but I think it’ll be a really close game,” Birchall said.

“Richmond want to play a turnover game, a quick brand of footy. Geelong will want to play a condensed inside game with a lot of stoppages, so it’ll be interesting to see how they match-up against each other.

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