Cats get the cream in nailbiting heavyweight battle with Lions

GEELONG huffed and puffed and ultimately noticed off the problem of Brisbane by 10 factors in a gripping contest at GMHBA Stadium on Friday evening.

Trailing by some extent on the ultimate change, the Cats kicked two targets to 1 within the fourth quarter to win 11.14 (80) to 11.4 (70) in entrance of a raucous residence crowd.

Tom Hawkins was the hero for the victors, kicking 5 targets, together with the match-sealer late within the final time period.

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The Cats had loads of contributors on an evening they needed to overcome the late withdrawals of Tom Stewart (gastro) and Esava Ratugolea (ankle) after which dropping Quinton Narkle (ankle) throughout the third time period.

Isaac Smith (29 disposals) vied with Hawkins for best-on-ground honours, giving Brisbane suits together with his arduous operating and penetrating left boot that netted him a whopping 623m gained.

Patrick Dangerfield overcame a sluggish begin by means of the eye of Jarrod Berry to drive his approach into the competition, whereas Zach Tuohy and Mark Blicavs have been additionally influential.

It took each little bit of the 4 quarters for Geelong to increase its streak over the Lions at its residence floor to 13 straight matches.

The primary half noticed a complete of 13 targets, however extremely neither workforce might string two collectively consecutively as they traded blows.

The Cats have been capable of transition the ball properly from their again half to create probabilities, and after some gettable misses early on, made Brisbane pay with a five-goal second quarter.

Geelong dominated clearances within the third time period, however regardless of an avalanche of inside 50s – it will definitely received that depend 60-42 – didn’t capitalise, and when Charlie Cameron kicked the primary of his two good targets, the guests took the lead.

Weight of numbers ultimately received out although because the Cats had 10 extra scoring pictures, 46 extra disposals, 18 extra inside 50s and 5 extra clearances.

O’Connor and Neale meet once more
From the second Mark O’Connor was chosen to exchange his rested skipper Joel Selwood, it was clear he’d tag Lachie Neale. Final 12 months the Irishman did an exquisite job in quietening the Brownlow medallist each instances they squared off, however Neale was prepared this time. After a quiet begin, the Lions ball-winner had seven disposals by quarter-time and 13 by the half, most of his work completed near the competition. He completed with a match-high 30 for the evening, that included 11 clearances, to take the factors.

Brisbane’s Lachie Neale tackles Geelong’s Mark O’Connor in R4, 2022. Image: Getty Photos/AFL Pictures

Cockatoo reported in return to Cattery
This was Nakia Cockatoo’s first go to again to Geelong since he left the Cats 18 months in the past and it is truthful to say it was a combined bag. Cockatoo completed with 9 disposals and was additionally reported for a third-quarter incident with Rhys Stanley. With Stanley bending over to select up a bobbling ball early within the time period, Cockatoo got here in direction of him with a head of steam and made contact. He was reported for tough conduct and now faces a nervous wait to see if he’ll be cited by the Match Assessment Officer.

Battle of the large forwards
In case you like watching large forwards go to work, this was the match for you. Whereas Hawkins (5.3) was benefiting from his probabilities at one finish, Dan McStay and Joe Daniher have been holding the Lions within the contest on the different. Every Lion kicked three targets and mixed for 18 marks between them. It was one among McStay’s finest video games in Brisbane colors, exhibiting clear palms and a cool head within the hostile atmosphere.

GEELONG       2.2       7.6       9.8       11.14 (80)
BRISBANE     2.2       6.3       10.3     11.4 (70)

Geelong: Hawkins 5, Bews, Cameron, Dahlhaus, Narkle, Smith, Stengle
Brisbane: Daniher 3, McStay 3, Cameron 2, Fullarton, Rayner, Starcevich

Geelong: Smith, Hawkins, Tuohy, Blicavs, Duncan, Dangerfield
Brisbane: McStay, Neale, Adams, Daniher, Andrews, Wealthy

Geelong: Narkle (ankle)
Brisbane: Nil

Geelong: Esava Ratugolea (ankle) and Tom Stewart (gastro) changed in chosen facet by Quinton Narkle and Gryan Miers
Brisbane: Nil

Geelong: Zach Guthrie (changed Narkle within the third quarter)
Brisbane: Deven Robertson (unused)

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