2008 NAB CUP : GEELONG V MELBOURNE MATCH REPORT
Justin Kremmer 16 February 2008
By Justin Kremmer IN THEIR FIRST official appearance
since the 2007 Grand Final, the Cats picked up exactly where they left
off with a stunning 71-point defeat to the Melbourne Demons at Skilled
Stadium, with hot conditions in front of a crowd of around 15,000. The
Cats continued the form which saw them dominate most of the 2007 AFL
season and Grand Final in a record-breaking year.
From the opening centre bounce they played a continuous, free-flowing
style that all footy fans love watching. It only took 90 seconds for
All-Australian Cam Mooney to kick the first goal of the match, just
as he did on the 29th September last year. This one not quite as memorable
however did stamp the Cats authority on the match.
The Cats lead an impressive 0-8-1-49 to the Dees 0-2-4-16 at quarter
time, both teams yet to score a super goal. Steve Johnson got hands
early on the ball making opportunities from every touch, while Cameron
Ling, Jimmy Bartel and Gary Ablett tore the Demons midfield apart.
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GEELONG 0.8.1 1.12.4 1.15.7 2.22.10
MELBOURNE 0.2.4 1.4.4 2.8.5 2.11.5 (89)
GEELONG: Nine-point goals: Byrnes, Wojcinski. Goals: S Johnson
6, Lonergan 2, Gamble 2, Davenport 2, Kelly 2, Byrnes 2, Ablett, Stokes,
Hunt, Prismall, Milburn, Mooney, Wojcinski
MELBOURNE: Nine-point goals: Buckley, Garland. Goals: Newton
2, Garland 2, Valenti, Meesen, Sylvia, Zomer, Green, Weetra, Robertson.
GEELONG: S Johnson, Prismall, Ling, Stokes, Milburn, Bartel,
MELBOURNE: Jones, Buckley, Valenti, Garland
GEELONG: G Ablett (calf)
CROWD: 15,000 (estimated) at Skilled Stadium
Melbourne rookie and former VFL star Shane Valenti gave
a respectable performance and young guns James Buckley and Tom McNamara
showed their talents to first timer coach Dean Bailey, who would have
also appreciated the tireless efforts from James McDonald, Nathan Jones
and Colin Sylvia. But it was too little too late. This match was won
before it was played and the Cats were not even out to murder.
The Dees missed many of their veteran stars including skipper David
Neitz, who was sidelined with an injury. But more importantly were in
strong need of defender Nathan Carroll to try and contain Mooney of
which Ben Holland was struggling to fulfil that role. Carroll was serving
a club suspension for his off-field misdemeanours.
Johnson finished as the best Cat with six goals, Ling and Bartel were
great and Mathew Stokes and Shannon Byrnes showed they are set to continue
their roles as being the AFLs most dangerous smalls. Brent Prismall
also saw a lot of the ball and is keen to play more games and cement
David Wojcinski was flying seemingly faster than ever and ran with the
ball in typical fashion. Draftee Harry Taylor, 21, who was the Cats
first pick-up in last years draft, gave more than was expected
and is sure to give Mark Thompson more head-aches throughout the year.
Tom Lonergan was cheered when he ran on and booted two goals, having
more of an input than Tom Hawkins in this particular game for the contest
of Nathan Abletts position.
The only disappointment for Cats fans was an injury scare to the newest
Best and Fairest winner Gary Ablett. It is believed Ablett will miss
just two NAB Cup matches with a calf-strain.
The premiership players who did not play in this match were: Matthew
Scarlett, Paul Chapman, Joel Selwood, Max Rooke, Corey Enright and Joel