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Smith draws on history

Geelong will meet the GWS Giants in Friday night’s semi-final. (AFL Photos Image/Sarah Reed

GEELONG speedster Isaac Smith doesn’t have to look too far back into the past to know a qualifying final loss doesn’t sound the death knell for an AFL club’s premiership hopes.

When at Hawthorn in 2015, the Hawks suffered a 32-point loss to West Coast at Subiaco and were written off as a flag contender.

However, they bounced back the following week with a 74-point win over Adelaide in a semi-final before outlasting Fremantle at Subiaco by 27 points in the preliminary final.

Hawthorn completed its hat-trick of premierships in the grand final with a crushing 46-point win over the Eagles.

“You earn the right to have a second chance, and although you don’t want to use it, we have to,” he told K rock Football. “We’re still alive, and we’ve got the opportunity to go again.

“You certainly don’t need to throw everything out; I think you’ve just got to understand where you went wrong.

“We’ve got the players (to do it); we were one kick off being minor premiers.

“It was probably our second-worst game of the year, I reckon, after Round 1.

“There’s a fair bit of fire in the belly after last night.”

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