Serious? How on earth could you have had WC falling that far? They have a massive home ground advantage so even when they are a poor side they still finish mid table. At the start of the finals who did you think was going to beat them at home? Top 2 finish almost guarantees a GF spot for a WA or SA team.
As for the Pies well yes I did expect them to play finals as they have a strong midfield & as most should know by now I rate midfields as the most important ingredient required for success. I said 2 years ago that if they could get their midfield on the park for a season they could challenge top 4. When they were looking like possibly sacking Bucks 2016/17 I thought they were a plum job to take on as they had a solid base to build on. I didn’t think they would make the GF but there was no doubt in my mind they were playing better footy when we played them than Richmond were.