CATS FINISH AFL SEASON OFF IN STYLE
WITH WIN OVER SWANS
By Ben Jensen twitter.com/thecattery GEELONG convincingly defeated Premiership aspirant Sydney in front of a packed crowd of a tad over 20,000 today at Simonds Stadium, securing a Victorian based final next week against one of North Melbourne or Fremantle. Comeback kid Nathan Vardy started in the ruck and had a great day out, not dominating the stats sheet but booted the one goal, had ten hitouts and in general was very competitive all over the ground in tandem with Trent West.
Paul Chapman played a great game, kick starting the Cats' scoring two goals in the opening quarter as the Cats were really facing a challenge from the Swans, who took a two point lead into the first break. But it was the Cats who dominated the next quarter, taking a nine point lead into the main break. Sydney hit the lead ten minutes into the third term thanks to the goal of the day from Kieran Jack but five consecutive goals from the Cats put them firmly in control at three quarter time, the lead now 25 points. This soon blew out to 44 points as the Cats scored the first three of the final term before the Swans snagged four in a row to give the neutrals something to think about. But final goals to Podsiadly and Hawkins put some icing on the cake for the Cats in what is probably Matthew Scarlett's final home game, the winning margin 34 points.
Tom Hawkins took a slender two goal lead in the race for the Coleman Medal after booting four for the day while fellow big forward James Podsiadly kicked three. Travis Varcoe didn't play but was spotted, in a moon boot, at the A Grade netball final, supporting his wife whose Leopold were victorious. In the VFL tomorrow the Cats play Port Melbourne at the latter's home ground in a qualifying final.
The Cats may well be missing Paul Chapman with the genuinely nuggety star reported for an alleged strike on Swans makeshift tagger Ben McGlynn, who manned up on Joel Selwood most of the day. Chapman contacted McGlynn in the first quarter. Cats coach Chris Scott reckons he's nothing to be afraid of. "I've had a look at the vision quite closely; if I was worried I just wouldn't have looked."
FIELD: Brett Rosebury
(8) Justin Schmitt (17) Simon Meredith (21) EM: Brendan Hosking (16)
CROWD: 20,045 at Simonds Stadium, Geelong
Cats by 17 points
VFL 2ND QUALIFYING FINAL
PORT MELBOURNE V GEELONG
SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2012 14:10 AEST
NORTH PORT OVAL