Quickest Coach to 300 games
Chris Scott celebrated his 300th game as senior coach in style after Geelong overcame a deficit in the final term to defeat the Demons at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday night.
Scott also became the quickest coach to reach 300 games. A testament to the success he has been able to achieve at the Club since he joined Geelong in 2011.
Aerialists Enter Record Books
Rhys Stanley has surpassed Sam Newman and moved into second place for most hit-outs in Geelong’s history.
Stanley was excellent upon his return to the team from injury playing an important role in the ruck with 26 hit-outs and 9 disposals.
The 32-year-old now has 2685 career hit-outs and only Steven King (3264) stands in his way of the number one mantle.
Stanley’s partner in crime in the middle of the ground, Mark Blicavs achieved a unique milestone becoming just the fourth Cats player to reach 1000 career one-percenters.
Blicavs joins Harry Taylor, Darren Milburn, and Matthew Scarlett to achieve the say feat.
Career-high Night for Close
Brad Close produced one of his best performances recording a career-high 24 disposals.
He was not only able to accumulate plenty of the pill, but more importantly was able to use it with precision operating at 79.2% efficiency, which is quite remarkable given torrential rain was falling for a large part of the game.
The 24-year-old recorded team highs for effective disposals (19), contest possessions (14), ground ball gets (11) and rating points (21.7) in addition to disposals.
Peak Pressure Performance
With the game on the line in the fourth term Geelong increased its pressure and it was Tom Atkins who led the charge with a game-high 34 pressure acts.
Seven above his season average of 27 per game, which ranks him fifth in the competition this season.
Atkins also finished with nine tackles against the Demons, another category that has him placed inside the top 10 in the AFL. He is currently eighth.