AFL ROUND 3 2007 : CATS THRASH DEMONS, JUMP TO SECOND
SPOT ON LADDER; TOM HAWKINS SHOW CONTINUES
By Ben Jensen GEELONG easily accounted for Melbourne in front of a small crowd of 38,438 at the MCG today. Most of the action happened in the first half - Geelong earned a forty-six point half time lead, thanks partly to Tom Hawkins' four goals.
Nathan Ablett was a late withdrawal, replaced by Joel Selwood just three minutes prior to the match beginning. Ablett injured his back during the warm-up, while Selwood, who was in the stands about to watch the game, did not appear on the sidelines until midway through the first quarter.
Geelong led by twenty five points at quarter time but should have been in front by more, kicking just five goals from thirteen attempts, to Melbourne's two goals one behind. But the second quarter was a different story, the Cats kicking six goals straight, including three to Hawkins, snuffing out any chance Melbourne had of what could only have been a fairytale win with their current side.
The second half was a bit of a yawn fest - the Cats increased their lead in the third quarter, kicking three goals two behinds to the Demons' one goal five behinds. But in the final term the Cats dominated early play but could kick just one goal from ten scoring attempts whilst the Demons kicked three goals straight.
The final margin was fifty-two points. Geelong is now two wins from three matches and are full of confidence with the new, potent forward line. The round one loss to the Bulldogs seems to have been an aberation, however it should be remembered the Blues and Demons weren't much chop on the day. Be that as it may, the Cats are flying so jump on board and buy a membership!
Geelong travel to Tasmania's Sunny Launceston to take on Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium next Sunday. Nathan Ablett may be available to play while senior players Steven King and 'Max' Rooke certainly will be available.
GEELONG 5.8 (38) 11.8 (74) 14.10 (94) 15.19
VFL ROUND TWO 2007
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