GEELONG recorded a hard-fought 20-point victory in Round 20 against North Melbourne at Blundstone Arena on Saturday.
Here are some of the stats that mattered, presented by Deakin's Centre for Sport Research.
Guthrie Brothers Get It Done
Cameron and Zach Guthrie were outstanding in Geelong’s 20-point victory against North Melbourne on Saturday.
A late inclusion for Tom Atkins, Zach slotted in seamlessly across half back with a career-high 28 disposals, 13 marks and 11 intercept possessions.
His older brother Cam was equally influential in his 199th outing for the Cats with 29 disposals, five clearances and an equal high two goals.
Strength In Numbers
Zach’s performance really demonstrated the depth the Cats have at their disposal.
Debutant Nathan Kreuger showed some promising signs on debut as a key defender, Quinton Narkle contributed again with 17 disposals and an important final term goal.
With the likes of Jeremy Cameron, Mitch Duncan, Lachie Henderson, Mark O’Connor, Gryan Miers, Tom Atkins, Sam Simpson, Jordan Clark, and Max Holmes missing in action either through injury or form the Cats strength in numbers will be crucial in the backend of the year.
Geelong has conceded just 46-points per game since their last loss against Brisbane in Round 15.
From Rounds 17 to 19 leading into the game against North Melbourne, Geelong conceded only a goal until half time on each occasion. Against the Kangaroos they conceded four but held the home side to just two second half goals.
Geelong is proving hard to score against and coach Chris Scott says it’s a collective effort.
“All parts of our game need to work synergistically. It’s not a case of let’s defend and let’s do our contested work and offence after that. We think when we have the three parts working together it well and truly helps our defence,” Scott said post-match.
Rohan on the Rise
Gary Rohan's two-goal performance in the victory against North Melbourne saw him take his season tally to 28 majors. The best return in his 12-year career at the top level.
The 30-year-old has been a consistent performer inside 50 for the Cats this season registering at least a goal in 16 of his 18 AFL games.
Son of a Gun Continues Impressive Season
Jed Bews hasn't missed a beat this season and has been one of the Cats most consistent performers.
Usually tasked with playing on the opposition's best small forwards, Bews was at his ball winning best with a season-high 24 disposals and 12 marks in the win against North Melbourne.