Moment #56: Billy the king of Geelong
IT SEEMED pre-ordained that it should be Billy Brownless with the ball in his hands with the chance to win the 1994 qualifying final after the siren had sounded.
The popular Geelong full-forward had been through plenty that season. His confidence appeared shattered, his form had evaporated and his fitness was questionable.
So low was Billy's mojo by mid-season that Cats' coach Malcolm Blight told him to forget about footy and sent him to a health farm in Pottsville, NSW.
"I was out of form and a bit heavy," Brownless recalls. "I spent five days up there and it ended up OK."
His moment of truth came a few months later in front of 61,182 at the MCG when he marked seconds before the siren with the Cats down by a point. The siren rang as he lined up from 40m.
"I'd had an ordinary night but when I took that kick I didn't take too long over it and I was pretty focused – although I still remember Tony Liberatore saying things about my family that I didn't know had happened, right in my ear," Brownless said.
"It was a great feeling watching it sail through. Then for some reason I just ran for 50m, until John Barnes caught me and kissed me.
"You don't want to be kissed by John Barnes. It was the first time I'd run 50m on the MCG."