How good is it to have VFL footy back?

Fans have an exciting year ahead looking at Geelong’s reserves list. 

Saturday’s practice match against North Melbourne’s VFL side showed just how good this team could be with a 50-point win.

The final score was 16.7 (103) to 8.5 (53).

The first quarter saw Geelong take an early lead, with new recruit Jordan Johnston getting things started with the first goal.

Ben Jarvis was on fire as well, taking two big contested marks down forward and converting nicely on both.

Ben Jarvis in action against North Melbourne in a VFL practice match. Credit Arj Giese.

Quinton Narkle and Jye Chalcraft both had some great touches and applied plenty of pressure through the midfield.

As the second term started, the Kangaroos got off to a fast start kicking four goals to one in the first 10 minutes. 

The Cats soon replied by locking the ball in their forward 50 and making the most of a few free kicks in front of goal.

The first half finished with Geelong leading 58-32.

Queue Ben Jarvis, again. 

‘Jarv’ took the reins in the forward half and became the ‘every-man’, laying tackles, kicking snags, taking hangers and setting up his teammates.

Combined with the squad’s willingness to play on from marks, they were a constant threat to score going inside 50.

A five-goal to one scoring term had Geelong well in front at the final break.

Goals were hard to come by early, while on the defensive end Nathan Kreuger was holding down the fort with multiple intercept possessions.

A high pressure quarter only saw four goals scored between the two sides.

A month out from the beginning of the VFL season, this first hit-out was very encouraging for Geelong. 

It’s looking like a promising year for the Geelong Football Club.

Practice Match Summary

Geelong        5.2    9.4    14.5  16.7  (103)
North Melbourne     1.1    5.2    6.5    8.5    (53)

Goals: Jarvis, Wilson 3, Lang 2, Narkle, Taheny, Abbott, Capiron, McLachlan, Smith, Johnston, Zdybel 

Best: Narkle, Jarvis, Wilson, Chalcraft, Dahlhaus, Krueger 

Reports: Nil 

Injuries: Nil