HomeMatch reviewCats outgun Saints on cold day at Geelong; Dylan Roberton collapses
Cats outgun Saints on cold day at Geelong; Dylan Roberton collapses
April 15, 2018
Ben Jensen 15 April 2018, AFL Round 4 2018, Geelong Cats v St Kilda Saints GEELONG were untroubled by St Kilda in this evening’s match at GMHBA Stadium winning by 47 points. Daniel Menzel kicked four goals and lesser lights such as Brandan Parfitt (3 goals), Jordan Cunico (2) and Tim Kelly (2) each helped themselves to goals. The Saints were horribly undermanned up forward with really only one target (Paddy McCartin) who kicked one goal. Defender Jake Carlisle was moved forward in the final quarter but it was too late. The official crowd was 27,388 which didn’t quite look right to us given how squishy it was in the Hickey Stand but with the weather we didn’t expect a huge turnout, even it it was the first game at the newly-renamed GMHBA Stadium of the season.
St Kilda’s Dylan Roberton was taken to hospital after collapsing in the second quarter with no other players around him, eventually running from the ground and appearing non-plussed on the interchange but there were serious fears for his wellbeing at one stage. His injury was described as ‘heart condition’ in the injury list. See below for video of the event, courtesy of the AFL. Geelong’s Cory Gregson unfortunately is again on the injury list, like Roberton taking no further part in the game after half time.
Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield were named in the best players but didn’t have a lot of work to do, the likes of Sam Menegola, Parfitt, Tom Stewart and doing more of the work. Tom Hawkins didn’t kick a goal again though the delivery in to him was quite poor In fact the Cats got smashed by the Saints in many of the stats, the main worry being clearances with the rest inconsequential. Mark Blicavs and Jake Kolodjashnij as the only talls down back put in good performances, helped by Stewart, Zach Tuohy while Zach Guthrie didn’t have too much trouble. Esava Ratugolea in his first proper home game put in a great performance, supporting specialist ruckman Rhys Stanley.
The Cats are now two wins and two losses, and with a percentage boost tonight snuck back into the top eight on 109.4% to go past Adelaide, Collingwood, Essendon, Melbourne, Fremantle and Gold Coast, all also on two wins. Earlier the VFL side lost by two points to St Kilda affiliate Sandringham. Next Saturday night the Cats travel to the Adelaide Oval to play Port Adelaide, the game to be telecast on Channel Seven.
Finally we are reading reports of traffic chaos on the way back to Melbourne with two out of three lanes closed for roadworks, stay safe folks! Pull over for a feed if you get the chance.
Dylan Roberton has been helped from the ground after collapsing on the field.
CROWD: 27,388 at GMHBA Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong
GEELONG FINAL TEAM IN: Rhys Stanley, Jordan Cunico, Mitch Duncan, Jordan Murdoch OUT: Gary Ablett (hamstring), Cameron Guthrie (ankle), Nakia Cockatoo (knee – PCL), James Parsons
B: Zach Tuohy, Jack Henry, Tom Stewart HB: Jed Bews, Jake Kolodjashnij, Zach Guthrie C: Mark Blicavs, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood HF: Sam Menegola, Esava Ratugolea, Brandan Parfitt F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Cory Gregson FOLL: Rhys Stanley, Patrick Dangerfield, Tim Kelly INT: Jordan Cunico, Mitch Duncan, Lachie Fogarty, Jordan Murdoch EMER: Charlie Constable, James Parsons, Zac Smith, Jackson Thurlow
ST KILDA SAINTS FINAL TEAM IN: Sam Gilbert, Tom Hickey, Jack Steele, Jack Lonie OUT: Jimmy Webster (unknown injury), Josh Bruce (unknown injury), Nathan Wright, David Armitage
B: Jarryn Geary, Nathan J. Brown, Dylan Roberton HB: Sam Gilbert, Jake Carlisle, Shane Savage C: Brandon White, Luke Dunstan, Jack Newnes HF: Jack Sinclair, Paddy McCartin, Jack Billings F: Jade Gresham, Blake Acres, Ben Long FOLL: Rowan Marshall, Sebastian Ross, Jack Steven INT : Tom Hickey, Jack Steele, Jack Lonie, Nick Coffield EMER: Hunter Clark, David Armitage, Logan Austin, Josh Bruce
THE CATTERY started out as a labour of love, and remains that, by creator and principal contributor Ben Jensen in mid season 2002. His aim was to make the best 'Unofficial' Geelong Football Club site on the net.
A consultant by day and webmaster by night, he created his first website back in 1996 whilst at the time studying Engineering and Science at Deakin University in Geelong.
After a very brief stint (by design!) making web-based operations manuals for water facilities, the chartered engineer soon decided it was about time he combined his love of the Cats with his skill and 'had a go' at making what he hoped would be one of the best unofficial Geelong sites out there.
Ben can't remember ever NOT supporting the mighty Cats, let alone when he first started barracking for the team wearing the blue and white hoops. Practically Ben's entire family supports Geelong; even the cousins in Sydney. Unfortunately he married into a mixed family of Carlton and Essendon fans but he retains first and last rights over any offspring.
One of his earlier memories is of his father explaining the rules of the game by drawing a big oval football field, and drawing in the positions in each spot, with 'JACKO' at full forward. The remainder of those early memories revolve around Gary Ablett Senior, Billy Brownless (his first ever official favorite player), and Garry 'Buddha' Hocking.
After living elsewhere in Victoria and overseas Ben remained proud of his Geelong roots and never misses an opportunity to show his allegiance, and especially loves a stroll down from the top end of Collins Street on a Monday morning after a win sporting a Geelong tie and maybe even a jacket and scarf on special occasions. Now living in Geelong again after fifteen years away.
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