GEELONG will draw on its unbeaten record at the Gabba this season as it prepares to face Richmond in next week's Toyota AFL Grand Final.
However, the Cats know they will need more than the Gabba on their side to stop the Tiger train as it steams towards its third premiership in four seasons.
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The Cats won their fifth straight game at the venue in dominant fashion on Saturday night, overcoming Brisbane on its home deck by 40 points in a comprehensive preliminary final win.
It sets up an epic bout for next Saturday night's premiership decider in Queensland against the Tigers, who have held the edge over the Cats in recent years.
But Geelong will take an advantage at the venue compared to the Tigers, who lost at the Gabba in the qualifying final and who chose to play their semi-final at Metricon Stadium instead of the Brisbane base.
Cats coach Chris Scott, who has guided his side to its first Grand Final since he led it to the 2011 premiership, said the club would use everything it could to build self-belief as it aims to topple the reigning champs.
"I hope so (the Gabba being an advantage) but I don't really know. We'll try to talk ourselves into it," he said.
"They certainly favoured Metricon and played their semi-final there. I hope so, but if we're relying on the ground to get over the Tigers we'll be in trouble."
The Tigers broke Geelong's six-game winning streak when the sides met at Metricon Stadium in round 17, with the Cats held to one goal in the opening three quarters of that clash.
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Scott said it was important the Cats took lessons from that clash, particularly having been troubled by the Tigers in recent years (Richmond has won five of the past six meetings between the sides, including last year's comeback preliminary final victory).
"[Round 17] confirmed how good they were. I've got to be honest, there was a little bit of a sense during the year that maybe these guys weren't quite where they had been in previous years, but that game snuffed that out a little bit. And the games subsequent to that," Scott said.
"They've clearly been the best team in the comp for a period of time. Round 17 taught us they're going to be hard to beat, they're going to be hard to score against, their system is second nature to them. I think we saw that last night under pressure (against Port Adelaide)."
It will be the first all-Victorian Grand Final since 2011 in the first ever Grand Final outside Victoria, with both clubs having been on the road for more than 100 days.
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Some Richmond and Geelong players and coaches have also been sharing the same hub on the Gold Coast in recent months.
Scott, who is shooting for his second flag at the helm of the Cats in his 10th year, said the uniqueness of the season means both sides would enter the year having faced the same challenges.
"There's no advantage to Richmond compared to Geelong, or vice versa. Both teams have had to endure a bit of adversity. It pales into insignificance compared to the adversity that people in the rest of the world have been dealing with, but in a footy context," he said.
"I'm hoping we can rise to their level and make it somewhere near an even battle."