CATS MAKE A MOCKERY OF 'MATCH OF ROUND'
By Justin Kremmer Geelong stole the show last Sunday with a scintillating 99-point stunning win against the Dons, a home game for the regional team being played in the city, at the Telstra Dome. The Cats exercised their fast paced, play-on action game plan, the one that won them a flag little over 6 months ago. They used their footy brains, the pussy Cats, to outsmart their opponents, who were simply not up to the ball speed or skill level. Was somewhat afraid going to the Dome on Sunday. Mid-way through Quarter One I was asking myself "Why?"
Link: 2008 SEASON DRAW GEELONG DRAW [HTML]
GEELONG 4.4 (28) 11.9 (75) 17.13
(115) 21.18 (150)
UMPIRES: Chris Donlon, Hayden Kennedy, Ray Chamberlain
Gary Ablett was once again outstanding showing that
last seasons step up to a quality midfielder, which won him the
award for the leagues MVP, is a title that will stay for good.
Jimmy Bartel played as Brownlow medallists often do in the midfield
but also starring as he moved forward, showcasing his talent for overhead
marking, a rare ability for midfielders, and accuracy for setshots at
goal could make him a great forward in years to come. Joel Corey, who,
like Bartel, Ling and Ablett, is a fine mark with a textbook goalkicking
technique, will have my money on the 50-dollar odds he has to win the
Charlie. Sure, he has competition at the club, but he is Ablett's and
Bartel's greatest threat. Corey is worthy of smaller odds. He is a star
player and was one of hardest working midfielders on Sunday.
Bursting with flare and youth, he was our only player to kick three, and it was a 99-point thrashing which highlights our unselfish forwards led by the big Hairy Cat and Stevie J. It was every single position on the field where Geelong were the day winners, except probably Tommy Hawkins but he was no disgrace taking a couple of big grabs and leading hard. Hawkins is still in a learning phase - mind you, hes being taught faster than he could possibly imagine by the best teachers in the comp.
Key position players take time we cant
expect to be spoilt with a full forward Selwood. But the Tomahawk has
shown a lot of promise and is coming along nicely. His hard work from
pre-season will start to show soon and Geelong wont back down
on him if it doesn't. They will no doubt take him to the top with them.
This week against the Dees is a chance to experiment with a number of
youngsters if we need to as Geelong may need to rely heavily on them
if there are big name injuries later in the season.