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Hawthorn came to Kardinia Park today having won their last five matches. However, with injuries to key players in Sicily, Ginnivan, and Dear last week, they were left looking vulnerable going into today's match on Geelong's home turf.  The Cats, by contrast, lost Knevitt to illness, and had omitted Irishman Mark O'Connor for today's match. Hawthorn won the toss and elected to kick to the Players Stand. Today the clubs were using the yellow Sherrin ball (typically used at night under lights) on a gloomy afternoon at Kardinia Park. Tt looked like Geelong had plenty of practice on this ground under lights. From the first bounce the match could have been mistaken for a training drill, as Dangerfield ran it out of the centre and hit Cameron on a lead in the pocket. His shot though was off target for a minor score though.

Dangerfiled had another chance a minute later from the top of the 50 meter arc as Hawthorn failed to clear but the result was the same. Another minute on and another miss from Cameron as he marked and played on in the pocket. Next man up was Neale,

who also marked on the 50 meter arc, but his kick was rushed through by Jiath. Cam Stewart then made it five behinds. A pattern had clearly formed. Moore looked to have broken the run at the other end, but the score review deemed his kick as touched and therefore just one point to the Hawks rather than the six signaled by the goal umpire. The trend continued.

Blicavs also missed on his next set shot, but the ball was marked by Neale on the goal line and he kicked the first goal of the day (finally) with a snap around the body from his set shot. De Koning kicked the next, but the credit really goes to the whole team who used the space and overlap well to maintain possession in their passing and get the ball to the square largely uncontested. They quickly backed it up again with an end to end turnover and Gary Rohan getting the reward of it and ran in and kicked the Cat's third to celebrate his 200th game. He then backed up for his second within a minute when he marked on the lead and kicked truly from 45 meters out.

It was Worpel (a former Geelong Falcon in his youth) who exploded through the stoppage in the forward pocket, sold some candy (meaning he made an evasive maneuver) and and kicked the Hawk's first goal. It was all Geelong dominating the play and the stats sheet, who took a 22 point lead into the first break. Hawthorn needed a good start to pull the margin back, and it was Watson who stole an early turnover and used his speed to run and then kick to Lewis, who was already aiming for the goal square. Lewus kicked his first goal since early in the season when he was injured. Neale continued his strong leads and was able to again mark at the top of the 50 meter arc but his long kick was touched by Meek on the line. After a review the behind was confirmed. Hawthorn were again unable to clear and Sam De Koning swooped on the ball and hit a checkside kick straight through the middle.

The Cats won the next clearance and Cameron roved the pack front and centre and ran onto his left boot to snap his first goal of the night. Close joined the Cat's goal party as a chain of scrappy handballs found him with enough space to get a quick snap away. Neale kicked his second for the night after Jiath spilled a mark he should have taken. The teams then traded goals. Chol kicked Hawthorn's third goal of the night when Moore hit him with a pass 30 meters out from goal, finally breaking a run of four goals from Geelong. Once again Geelong got the ball forward and Hawthorn were unable to clear. After a period of scrambling near the goal square, Close got hold of the ball and snap his second for the night. Jiath who had a torrid night so far, found himself alone and marked in the forward pocket to kick his first goal for the night. It was the Cats that were sitting pretty after a dominant first half at both ends of the ground, who now lead by 34 points.

Jeremy Cameron kicked his third of the match to open the Geelong goalkicking in the second half after he took an intercept mark at the top of the 50. Hawthorn showed that they were down but not out as Watson tackled strongly and the spilled ball was handballed to Chol, who snapped from 15 meters out for the goal. Hawthorn's intensity had clearly lifted and again they were able to kick back to back goals. Moore, ever the opportunist, scored from 40 meters out. Geelong hit back quickly from a terrible turnover from Amon that went straight to Mannagh, he chipped to Miers, and Miers went back to kick his first goal for the night and take the lead back out to 36 points.

Again the teams traded goals with Moore kicking his second for the quarter, this time from 48 meters out in the pocket. Cameron once again keeped the Hawks at arms length kicking his third goal as Will Day laid on the ground (after colliding with Miers on the boundary). Close backed up to kick his third for the night, and make it look like the Cats could sail home from this point, taking a 42 point lead into three quarter time.

Mitch Lewis got the Hawks off to a good start early in the last quarter, when he mistimed his leap but still marked and goalled from 15 meters out. Blicavs kicked his first for the Cats tonight when he goalled while it was Mitch Lewis n the ground this time. Lewis had head high contact that went unnoticed by the umpire at Hawthorns center half-forward. It will be interesting to see if the match review results in any penalty. It had been a tough physical match, but in terms of a result, the sting had gone out of the game. A late consolation goal to D'Ambrosio for the Hawks came after Jiath fed a quick handball out into space for him. The Cats would extend their lead and put a final stamp on the game in the last five minutes when Cameron was once again hit with a great pass on a solid lead, and from 50 meters out kicked his fourth goal. Not be outdone, Close won a turnover in the pocket and kicked his fourth for the night to conclude the scoring. 

In the end it was a 52 point win to the Cats, who despite kicking 14 behinds, dominated the Hawks in all positions on the ground, and were able to rest Dangerfield for the last third of the match in preparation for next Friday night's clash against Collingwood. The Hawks lick their wounds as they prepare to head back to their happy hunting ground in Launceston next Saturday against the in-form Dockers.

GEELONG:   4.5  9.7  13.11  16.14  (110)
HAWTHORN:  1.1  4.3   7.5    9.5    (59)

Geelong:   Cameron 4, Close 4, Rohan 2, De Koning 2, Neale 2, Miers, Blicavs
Hawthorn:  Chol 2, Moore 2, Lewis 2, Worpel, Jiath, D'Ambrosio

Geelong:   Stewart, Dempsey, Duncan, Dangerfield, Bowes, Cameron
Hawthorn:  Worpel, Day, Moore, Meek, Impey, Amon

Geelong: Nil
Hawthorn: Lewis (head)

Geelong:  Ollie Henry (replaced Patrick Dangerfield in the fourth quarter)
Hawthorn: Harry Morrison (replaced Jack Gunston in the third quarter)

Geelong:  Mitch Knevitt (illness) replaced in selected side by Jhye Clark
Hawthorn: Nil

Article last changed on Sunday, July 07, 2024 - 9:06 AM EDT

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