Geelong ran out comprehensive winners over Sydney on Saturday 112-78, leaving the Swans with a number of unanswered questions ahead of their finals campaign.
The win earned Geelong a home elimination final to be played against either Fremantle or North Melbourne.
Despite Geelong going inside their forward 50 thirty more times than the Swans, Sydney held leads at various points in each of the first three quarters. That changed when Geelong was able to kick eight straight over a stretch between the third and fourth quarters, blowing out the lead to a final margin of 34 points.
Tom Hawkins led the Cats with four goals, taking a slim lead over Fremantle’s Matthew Pavlich in the Coleman Medal tally, while James Podsiadly and Paul Chapman each booted three apiece.
Joel Selwood led Geelong with 27 possessions while Stevie Johnson collected 24 and a goal.
It hasn’t been the perfect finals lead up for the Swans. They’ve lost three of their last four with each loss coming against premiership hopefuls.
Sydney will finish third, a far cry from the top spot they held just a couple of weeks ago, and will surely be reeling over lost opportunities.
Josh Keddedy, Jarrad McVeigh and Kieran Jack were the standouts with high possession games for the Swans.