Geelong coach Chris Scott did his best ringmaster impression on Saturday night as premiership celebrations went deep into the night and early hours of Sunday morning.
The Cats won their long-awaited second premiership under coach Scott, defeating Sydney by 81 points at the MCG in front of more than 100,000 patrons.
Celebrations kicked off on the ground and in the changerooms immediately after, then the side headed to Yarra Park to bask in the afterglow with fans and present the cup.
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After thanking the Cats fans for their unwavering support during the near-misses and covid-riddled seasons, Scott began announcing some of the “many stories” behind the premiership-winning team.
“What about Tyson Stengle!?” he said, before singling out Brad Close and “the hardest running high forward in the game” Gryan Miers.
Gary Rohan was singled out heading into the finals series for underwhelming performances in previous September campaigns, but took home his first premiership, having missed Sydney’s 2012 flag triumph due to injury.
“You’re not supposed to have favourites,” Scott began, “but when they write players off and say Gary Rohan can’t get it done. How sweet is this!?”
After praising “the two Irish boys” in Zach Tuohy and Mark O’Connor, he thanked defenders Jed Bews and Jack Henry for their jobs on Tom Papley and Lance Franklin respectively.
“He started off as an athlete, and tonight, he stitched up one of the great full-forwards of all time,” he said of Henry.
Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Atkins and Rhys Stanley rounded out Scott’s shout outs.
The beers flowed in the changerooms immediately post-game, but Cats forward Jeremy Cameron looked to kick on well into the night and the early hours of the morning.
On the field, Cameron lent his premiership medal to club water boy Sam Moorfort, while off it he seemed to soak up his first flag.
Cameron posted updates to his Instagram story throughout the night, including one where a cow was wearing his premiership medal.
“We’ve done something very silly here,” Cameron said.
“Can I have my medal back? Let him have it for the night, get out there, enjoy it, it’s for all of us.”
Cameron posted at 4:18am and then again at 7am with a beer in hand by a firepit.