Geelong finished second on the 2013 AFL ladder and got a major bonus when the league decided to play the Qualifying Final at their home stadium, but in the end it didn't matter as the Cats lost a physical contest to Fremantle 87-72.
The young Dockers showed early in the match they were not going to be manhandled and despite a slow start in the opening period, the Dockers responded with a solid second period and took the lead into halftime.
Michael Barlow led the way with three goals and veteran Mathew Pavlich added two, plus some tremendous play in the final final moments and the Dockers held on for a hard fought victory before a sellout crown at Simonds Stadium in Geelong.
The Cats had trouble breaking down the tough defense of the younger squad and managed just nine goals, three by James Podsiadly and now will face the winner of the Collingwood-Port Adelaide match on Saturday night.
Fremantle earned their first home Preliminary Final contest with the win and after a week off, will host the winner of the Sydney versus Richmond-Carlton winner. The young Dockers will have plenty of momentum and with the home crown advantage, could make their first ever trip to a Grand Final.