WITHOUT realising it until round 21, in season 2022 we may be revisiting season 2011.
The dominant teams right now were the dominant ones back then. Geelong and Collingwood, both on 11-win streaks, one-and-two on the ladder after 21 rounds, as they were for the near-entirety of 2011.
And while so many have come and gone, there are some crucial constants – Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom for the Pies, and Joel Selwood, Tom Hawkins and Mitch Duncan for the Cats.
That ageless quintet remains crucial to what lies ahead, but equally crucially, their teams’ chances are not reliant on them being dominant.
Collingwood’s win against reigning premier Melbourne – and its…