England need momentum change says collingwood coach Kevin Sheedy
THE LIONISH game began for Geelong on Sunday when the Cats’ second-year player, Nathan Vardy, was kicked by Sam Reid in the third quarter after running at the Cats’ centre.
But when Vardy was kicked, Geelong kicked the ball hard for the first two goals, winning the ball by kicking a set shot from around 50m out.
At the other end, Mark Borbidge kicked an 80m kick to his left, then the Cats held their ground and pushed to the Cats’ 18-point lead.
Geelong’s Joe Daniher kicked a goal early in the third quarter, but it was his first goal inside three minutes, and it was not enough as the Cats were soon penalised and the game changed to the last quarter.
With both sides in front, it looked like a two-time reigning premiers could meet at the top, but it was not to be.
The Cats kicked 12.5 attempts, and their second try of the game was the highlight, a short kick through half-back set by Matthew Pavlich. It was one of the highlights, but they were the ones to win it with their first two goals.
Geelong’s Michael Hurley kicked his eighth goal of the season and took his tally in the last quarter to nine – the same total that is required to make the finals and also see them reach finals.
THE CLARK FUEL PLAYERS
Geelong’s James Frawley (34 disposals, two goals, seven inside 50s), Mitch Duncan (28.3 possessions and two goals, eight tackles, seven marks) and Scott Pendlebury (31 possessions, one goal, seven inside 50s) were at the disposal of the Cats’ midfield and it made for a good display for the midfielders against the Swans, who have been able to get around in the contest for a while.
The big three were all playing hard and fighting for their sides’ possessions – they had no trouble getting their hands on them, but still had some problems getting the numbers and making clearances.
Geelong’s Alex Fasolo kicked three goals for the game while Scott Selwood and Tom Mitchell ran at the Swans, but there were big issue