GEELONG will take an unchanged line-up into Saturday's Toyota AFL Grand Final at the Gabba as the Cats and Richmond prepare to do battle with close to full-strength squads.
Chris Scott declared his hand early at the pre-match press conference alongside Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.
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Tom Atkins, Zach Guthrie, Esava Ratugolea and Brad Close were emergencies in the Cats' preliminary final win against Brisbane last weekend.
Scott said he hoped stability would play a role in his team's performance on Saturday night, but acknowledged the Tigers were equally settled at the selection table.
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He said the Cats would not waste time trying to predict the weather and adjust their plans for the match, with wild weather due to hit Queensland ahead of the weekend.
The forecast chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday has put the Cats' controlled game style under the spotlight, with Richmond's chaotic territory game regarded as being better suited to the likely conditions.
"I've given up trying to forecast the weather – I've made too many mistakes year after year and it's become a bit of an in-joke with our coaching team," Scott said.
"My experience in Queensland is it's either going to rain all night or it'll come and go really quickly. There won't be much in between.
"We'll think about it obviously, but we won't get confused by trying to forecast difficult to predict weather."
Hardwick said the Cats' strength was contested ball and it was about time the two teams played off in a Grand Final after a building a modern rivalry under the two coaches.
Scott it was clear that Richmond had been the best team of the season and the Cats had established early that "if you're going to win the premiership, you're going to have to beat them".
"We're aware that our system was always going to have to stand up against them, and we've got a degree of confidence that that's the case," the coach said.
"But the execution piece is so much harder than the planning.
"Working out what to do is pretty easy. Being able to execute it against the best in a pressurised situation is much harder.
"We're pretty aware of what they do. But I think the great teams in history have been pretty transparent. It's pretty easy to see what they do well, it's just very, very hard to stop it."
Geelong captain Joel Selwood, who was a member of the Cats' 2007, 2009 and 2011 premiership teams, said he had been envious of the Tigers' recent success.
Defeated by Richmond in last year's preliminary final, the Cats' skipper said it was now up to his team to end the Tigers' run.
"I dream to win the premiership each year. I'm sure it's the same with Trent (Cotchin)," Selwood said.
"I just dream for my team to be up there and able to enjoy the success again. We always follow how it plays out.
"I've been in envy of what the Tigers have been able to do in recent years, so now it's up to our guys to take it away."