GEELONG secured a top four finish with a come from behind victory against St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.
Here are some of the statistics that stood out, presented by Deakin’s Centre for Sport Research.
When Max King slotted his second goal of the opening term to extend the Saints advantage to 31-0 after 23 minutes it didn’t look good for the Cats.
Former Saint Rhys Stanley helped break the deadlock with a nice pack mark and goal at the 26th minute mark before Jeremy Cameron hit the scoreboard moments later to help reduce the deficit to 19 points at quarter time and give the Cats momentum entering the second term.
The former Giant would go out to add two more goals to his tally in the second term to bring the Cats back within a kick at half time. Cameron finished with four goals from 13 disposals and played a big role in helping overturn an early deficit to run out 14-point victors.
While Cameron was doing the damage in attack, Patrick Dangerfield produced a herculean effort on-ball for the Cats with 31 disposals (24 contested) and a game-high nine clearances. He recorded 13 more contested possessions than the next best player on the ground.
Dangerfield also contributed on the attacking end with an equal game-high nine score involvements. Including a match winning mark and goal late in the final term to seal a memorable comeback victory.
Work Ethic Rewarded
Sam Menegola was another Cat to produce a strong individual showing with 35 disposals and a game-high 470 metres gained.
His 94% time on ground was the best of the midfielders by a significant margin and covered more ground than any other player with a total distance of 14.7km. Menegola was also top five on the ground for total sprints (17), distance at high speed (2.6km) and repeat sprints (3).
He utilised his elite endurance on a wing to have an influence in all the parts of the group with a game-high three goal assists to go with an equal team-high seven intercept possessions to round out a complete performance.
Top Four Again
It was a crucial four points for the Cats with the victory helping secure Geelong a top four spot and a double finals chance.
Double chance for @GeelongCats in the Selwood / Hawkins era…— Joshua Kay (@js_kay) August 14, 2021
Remarkably since embarking on their AFL journey together Tom Hawkins and Joel Selwood have now been involved in 12 top-four finishes together.