Geelong v Western Bulldogs 2nd Qualifying Final 2009

Shaun Higgins Strong Grab
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Shaun Higgins Strong Grab

Shaun Higgins takes a strong grab while receiving some attention from Matthew Scarlett. 

Most Valuable Player for 2009
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Most Valuable Player for 2009

Gary Ablett Jnr, shows the form that earned him the AFL's Players Association's MVP for 2009.

Brad Johnson Marks
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Brad Johnson Marks

Bulldog Captain and forward, Brad Johnson, takes a strong mark over Geelong back David Wojcinski (40) while Jason Akermanis (21) looks on in support.

Midfield Under Pressure
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Midfield Under Pressure

Frontal pressure is the 2009 season buzzword , it's the pressure your forwards place on the opponents defense and midfield when the ball is turned over. Here Geelong place the Bulldog midfield under tackling pressure.

Tom Harley Geelong's Captain Courageous
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Tom Harley Geelong's Captain Courageous

Tom Harley, Captain of an indomitable Geelong team over the past 3 seasons, has come under fire this year for being too slow for the modern game. However this inspirational leader marshalled his troops against a 'do or die' Bulldog team, searching for a preliminary finals berth in season '09.

Bulldogs Hang On
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Bulldogs Hang On

Symbolically, Bulldog Jason Akermanis hangs on by a shoe lace as the rampant Geelong Cats surged away during a furious first quarter, when it rained goals. The Bulldogs lost but have a second chance to make the Preliminary Finals, when they meet the Brisbane Lions at the MCG. 

Bartel Wraps Up Boyd
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Bartel Wraps Up Boyd

Brownlow Medalist and Geelong champion, Jimmy Bartel, pins the arms of Bulldog Matthew Boyd, leaving him with no handball options and winning the free kick. 

Corey Flattens Akker
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Corey Flattens Akker

Bulldog, Jason Akermanis (21), is crushed by Geelong's Joel Corey (11) as neither player pulled out of a crunching encounter and went to ground, arms and legs flailing, fighting like Cats and Dogs.

Go Varcoe Go
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Go Varcoe Go

Geelong's Travis Varcoe, breaks through some heavy midfield traffic during a strong first quarter, in which Geelong set up an unassailable lead. The Bulldogs never recovered although they came close a few times.

Shaun Higgins Breaks The Line
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Shaun Higgins Breaks The Line

Shaun Higgins, breaks the line leaving his captain, Brad Johnson on the dirt, while being pursued by a Geelong defender.

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