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Match Report

Cats maintain top spot with hard-fought win

By Dinny Navaratnam - AFL Media Exclusive to geelongcats.com.au June 28, 2019 10:39 PM

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Gryan Miers was one of the Cats' best with 20 disposals and two goals.

GEELONG has maintained its buffer at the top of the AFL ladder after downing a gallant Adelaide 14.12 (96) to 10.9 (69) at GMHBA

THIS was a case of the best team in the competition asserting its dominance and proving again why it's the best team in the competition.

Geelong entered its Friday night encounter with Adelaide a game clear on top of the ladder, but it was the Crows that looked the better side early.

WHEN WE WIN, YOU WIN

Twice Adelaide opened up early leads and appeared capable of pulling off what would have been quite the upset, but they were reeled in on both occasions by the ladder leaders.

Other teams might have panicked when the margin stretched to 20 early in the second quarter after Hugh Greenwood clunked a pack mark and slotted the goal, in what was a highly entertaining affair between two of the top teams at GMHBA Stadium.

From there though, the Cats took control of the contest in a professional display at their fortress, eventually pulling away to win by 27 points, 14.12 (96) to 10.9 (69).

Adelaide had been on top through the middle, with Rory Sloane and the Crouch brothers, Matt and Brad, exerting their influence and Reilly O'Brien taking control in the ruck, while up forward, Taylor Walker looked dangerous on Blicavs.

Geelong made moves to solve those problems. Jake Kolodjashnij went to the Crows co-captain and put the clamps on him.

Blicavs was deployed further afield to battle O'Brien and was a major reason the Cats rectified their woes.

The decision to have Cats captain Joel Selwood go inside the contest proved to be inspired as he and Tim Kelly combined to give their side plenty through the midfield, and they were significant in turning the tide.

Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield was unflinching with his attack on the footy late in the second quarter and that was to his detriment, going back for a marking contest and hurting his left hip in an incident that eventually forced him from the ground.

The Brownlow medallist didn't come back on to the field with the rest of his teammates after half-time, but with play seconds away from resuming, he returned to the bench, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Dangerfield spent the rest of the night stationed in attack, but errant kicking meant he didn't contribute anywhere close to the lofty levels expected of him.

The score review system, which has come under plenty of controversy, was again under the spotlight, overturning a left-foot snap from Kelly that initially appeared to bounce through before replays suggested the football brushed the flag stationed at the back of the goalpost.

There was plenty of classy finishing throughout the contest. Paul Seedsman was outstanding twice, first in booting the opening goal of the game from 60m.

That was impressive enough, but his effort to covert with Selwood on his hammer after a couple of bounces from a tight angle in the third was simply delightful.

Gryan Miers produced similarly well for his team, once by snatching a loose ball and snapping it on his left, and then breaking a tackle and roosting one from long range.

Having been dropped three times this season, Bryce Gibbs collected 13 disposals playing as an onballer in an uninspiring performance.

Mitch Duncan and Cam Guthrie were important for Geelong, as was gun youngster Jordan Clark, whose poise, clean skills and willingness to attack the footy, both in the air and on the ground, gave more reason to think he will stand up when the Cats are competing in September.

MEDICAL ROOM
Geelong: Patrick Dangerfield was crunched in a marking contest by Daniel Talia and came off the ground a couple of minutes later, seeming to complain about a left hip issue, but he came back on. Luke Dahlhaus looked sore as he jogged off late in the third term but returned to the field.

Adelaide: Key forward Taylor Walker hurt an elbow but played the game out.

NEXT UP
There's always a huge build-up for the Showdown and that will certainly be the case leading in to the Crows coming up against fierce crosstown rival Port Adelaide next Saturday at Adelaide Oval. Then later that night, Geelong will head to Marvel Stadium to take on the Western Bulldogs.

GEELONG    4.1   7.6  11.9   14.12 (96)
ADELAIDE   5.4   7.5   9.7     10.9 (69)

GOALS
Geelong: Ablett 2, Hawkins 2, Kelly 2, Miers 2, Guthrie 2, Stanley, Clark, Duncan, Bews, 
Adelaide: Himmelberg 2, Seedsman 2, Gallucci, Murphy, O'Brien, Greenwood, Walker, Smith

BEST
Geelong: Kelly, Selwood, Clark, Miers, Hawkins, Guthrie 
Adelaide: Seedsman, M.Crouch, B.Crouch, Sloane, O'Brien

INJURIES
Geelong: Dangerfield (hip)
Adelaide: Walker (elbow)  

Reports: Nil 

Umpires: Fisher, Williamson, Mollison

Official crowd: 28,108 at GMHBA Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Joel Selwood
    Joel Selwood
    33
  • Geelong Cats
    Tim Kelly
    33
  • Adelaide Crows
    Matt Crouch
    30
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    30
  • Geelong Cats
    Mitch Duncan
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • Reilly O'Brien
    Reilly O'Brien
    128
  • Geelong Cats
    Tim Kelly
    121
  • Geelong Cats
    Joel Selwood
    115
  • Geelong Cats
    Tom Stewart
    108
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Sloane
    108
Scoring Leaders
  • Tom Hawkins
    Tom Hawkins
    2.3
  • Geelong Cats
    Tim Kelly
    2.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    2.1
  • Geelong Cats
    Gryan Miers
    2.0
  • Geelong Cats
    Cameron Guthrie
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 410 Disposals 359
  • 74.4 Disposal Eff 71.6
  • 147 Contested Pos 138
  • 106 Marks 76
  • 12 Free Kicks 16
  • 37 Clearances 42
  • 63 Inside 50s 40
  • 29 Rebound 50s 48
  • 66 Tackles 63
  • 34 Hit-outs 41
  • 84 Interchanges 85

Breakdown

  • 4.1 (25)
    5.4 (34)
  • 7.6 (48)
    7.5 (47)
  • 11.9 (75)
    9.7 (61)
  • 14.12 (96)
    10.9 (69)

Player Stats

Geelong Cats

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tim Kelly 22 11 33 6 0 1 1 1 2 1 121
2Joel Selwood 18 15 33 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 115
3Tom Stewart 19 7 26 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 108
4Mark Blicavs 9 9 18 5 16 1 0 6 0 0 101
5Mitch Duncan 10 18 28 7 0 0 2 3 1 0 99
6Jordan Clark 12 11 23 6 0 1 0 3 1 1 96
7Jed Bews 11 7 18 8 0 0 0 4 1 0 93
8Patrick Dangerfield 13 11 24 4 0 3 2 5 0 2 92
9Gryan Miers 14 6 20 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 89
10Cameron Guthrie 10 12 22 3 0 0 1 4 2 0 88
11Luke Dahlhaus 7 14 21 2 0 1 1 6 0 1 78
12Rhys Stanley 8 5 13 4 18 0 2 2 1 2 74
13Harry Taylor 9 7 16 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 68
14Jake Kolodjashnij 12 2 14 7 0 0 1 2 0 0 66
15Tom Hawkins 9 3 12 6 0 0 0 0 2 3 66
16Brandan Parfitt 10 8 18 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 63
17Zach Tuohy 13 5 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 61
18Jack Henry 11 0 11 6 0 0 2 3 0 0 57
19Lachie Fogarty 3 4 7 3 0 1 0 7 0 0 55
20Gary Ablett 9 10 19 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 51
21Tom Atkins 3 4 7 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 48
22Mark O'Connor 5 4 9 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 42

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Reilly O'Brien 11 7 18 2 39 2 0 7 1 0 128
2Rory Sloane 13 17 30 3 0 2 0 6 0 0 108
3Brad Crouch 18 9 27 4 0 1 1 5 0 2 104
4Paul Seedsman 16 12 28 6 0 0 1 0 2 1 100
5Matt Crouch 12 18 30 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 95
6Rory Atkins 18 6 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 95
7Hugh Greenwood 9 5 14 3 0 2 1 7 1 0 79
8Rory Laird 7 16 23 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 78
9Lachlan Murphy 5 5 10 4 0 1 0 6 1 0 68
10Alex Keath 10 7 17 7 0 1 3 2 0 0 65
11Jake Kelly 9 6 15 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 59
12Luke Brown 10 5 15 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 58
13Brodie Smith 10 4 14 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 56
14Elliott Himmelberg 5 4 9 3 2 0 2 3 2 0 52
15Jordan Gallucci 10 1 11 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 51
16Richard Douglas 5 10 15 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 51
17Taylor Walker 7 3 10 4 0 1 1 2 1 0 51
18Bryce Gibbs 8 5 13 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 50
19Kyle Hartigan 8 5 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 49
20Eddie Betts 5 4 9 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 36
21Daniel Talia 5 2 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28
22Ben Davis 3 4 7 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 27

Team Lineups

Adelaide Crows

B

  • Luke Brown,
  • Daniel Talia,
  • Rory Laird

HB

  • Brodie Smith,
  • Alex Keath,
  • Lachlan Murphy

C

  • Rory Atkins,
  • Brad Crouch,
  • Paul Seedsman

HF

  • Jordan Gallucci,
  • Taylor Walker,
  • Richard Douglas

F

  • Kyle Hartigan,
  • Elliott Himmelberg,
  • Eddie Betts

Fol

  • Reilly O'Brien,
  • Matt Crouch,
  • Rory Sloane

I/C

  • Hugh Greenwood,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • Jake Kelly,
  • Ben Davis

No Late Change

In

  • Elliott Himmelberg,
  • Bryce Gibbs,
  • Ben Davis

Out

  • Josh Jenkins (Injured),
  • Wayne Milera (Injured),
  • Cameron Ellis-Yolmen (Injured)

New

  • Ben Davis

Milestones:

  • Ben Davis  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 10:54PM Friday, June 28, 2019