Reported by Paul Amy
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THE five-year sequence of VFL flags held true for Geelong.
The Cats were premiers in 2002, 2007 and now 2012 after they battled past a game Port Melbourne in Sunday's grand final at Etihad Stadium.
There was little between the teams until the last quarter, when the Cats, despite a rash of misses, booted four goals to one to ease to a 33-point victory and send retiring veteran David Wojcinski out on a premiership high.
He received the biggest cheer of all when called to the dais to receive his medal.
In truth, Geelong should have won by more: it wound up with 24 behinds. But the telling statistic was in the scoring shots: 38 to the Cats and 20 to the Borough.
Port Melbourne was brave - it always is - but it was unable to go with Geelong when it lengthened stride late in the game.
The Port players slumped to the ground after the final siren, crestfallen they were unable to repeat last year's drought-ending premiership and deliver the club its 17th flag.