If you are a Fremantle fan wondering just how hard it is going to be for the Dockers to roll the fancied Cats at Simonds Stadium tomorrow - here is some good news: The notion that Geelong are unbeatable on their home turf is, in part, a myth.
We stress in part! Are the Cats hard to beat at home? You bet. Damn hard. But the reality is they are damn hard to beat anywhere, and have been since they surged to a drought-breaking premiership in 2007.
They might be 43 wins from 45 matches if you take their home ground record all the way back to late in 2007 when Port Adelaide beat them in Geelong, but they are also 16 wins from 19 games at Etihad Stadium since the start of the 2010 season.
Geelong have won a remarkable 138 of 170 matches since the start of the 2007 season, a winning percentage of 81 per cent, or four out of every five matches they play. If they were to add a fourth flag for this period this year then the first lines of the club song: We are Geelong, the greatest team of all, may be described as a statement of fact rather than an audacious claim.
But although the statistics at their home ground are fact: 43 wins, two losses from their past 45 matches there, the claim that they are unbeatable there is not fact.
The Cats have had their win-loss percentage flattered at Simonds Stadium somewhat by the quality of opponents there.
One of the reasons the AFL's decision to play this final at Simonds Stadium was so bemusing is that the ground is not even home to 100 per cent of the club's home games.
This season, for instance, Geelong played three home matches at Etihad Stadium (remember Etihad Stadium Mr Demetriou? It's the one where your office is) and one home game at the MCG.
In a typical season, the Cats will play either seven or eight matches at Simonds Stadium, with the remainder at Melb-ourne's bigger stadiums.
They have a hybrid membership as a result. Club chief executive Brian Cook estimated that of the 44,000 that attended last year's Geelong-Fremantle final at the MCG, only about 5800 were Geelong-based members.
The Cats' matches in Melbourne will typically be against the stronger clubs with big supporter bases. This year, for instance, the club's MCG home game was against Hawthorn in round 15. The Etihad Stadium home games were against North Melbourne (round three), Carlton (round four) and Essendon (round seven).
Their matches in Geelong are more likely to be against clubs travelling from interstate - which account for 28 of the last 45 played there. And those against Melbourne clubs will almost certainly be against struggling Melbourne clubs - that is teams that are struggling on-field, off-field or a combination of both.
Almost half of their last 45 matches therefore, have been against teams who have finished the home-and-away season in the year they played there ranked 13th or lower. Another 10 games have been against teams that have not finished in the top eight.
Having said that, let's not get carried away and suggest that the home-ground record is fraudulent. Top-eight teams have found it hard to win at Geelong too, but a couple of them have proved that it is possible.
To put this in context: Geelong's home-ground record is as awesome as any team's in the league. It's just not quite as impressive as the statistics make it look.