GEELONG TOO GOOD FOR PORT ADELAIDE
Justin Kremmer 24 March 2008
By Justin Kremmer THE Grand Final re-match at AAMI Stadium
on Thursday night promised a typical Round One hit-out between now rivals
Geelong and Port Adelaide. Both teams had declared during the off-season
the last time they met, less than six months ago on the main stage,
was done and dusted and from the first bounce this was a new season.
A new page could be written. Yet, the humiliation and
upset of Port fans could be somewhat resolved by a respectable performance,
a contrast to the 119-point loss. Geelong, however, had come simply
to win the points and win they did, indeed, by nine points in their
first away game for the year.
Link: 2008 SEASON DRAW GEELONG
GEELONG 6.4 (40) 10.8 (68) 12.11
(83) 15.15 (105) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE 4.0 (24) 6.1 (37) 10.6 (66) 14.12 (96)
GEELONG: Stokes 3, Chapman 3, Mooney 2, Johnson, Chapman, Gamble,
Ling, Hawkins, Corey, Ablett, Mackie
PORT ADELAIDE: Ebert 3, Lade 2, Tredrea 2, Motlop 2, Logan, Boak,
S.Burgoyne, C.Cornes, Westhoff
GEELONG: Kelly, Corey, Enright, Ling, Ablett, Selwood, Milburn,
PORT ADELAIDE: Lade, K.Cornes, K.Cornes, P.Burgoyne, K.Cornes,
The Cats neednt prove any more to their fans how
great Gary Ablett has become in the last three seasons or how classy
and calm under pressure Jimmy Bartel and Joel Selwood are, especially
with the ball in their hands. Or show that the excellent replacement
for Nathan Ablett is the man-child body frame of Tom Hawkins. No, if
the first game is anything to go by, season 2008 is about giving the
team the best chance to win games, by playing each players part
and beating your opponent. The players will naturally look special.
Ports Chad Cornes, Peter Burgoyne and Kane Cornes never gave up
after the Cats took a strong lead early into the game. Warren Tredrea
was near his best in the first half for the Power and had troubled the
backline, before Tom Harleys presence became an even bigger frustration
alongside Darren Milburn who were outstanding.
Quiet achiever Joel Corey was not trying to prove anything to anyone
when he played his role of working hard in the midfield, delivering
the ball on numerous occasions to the forwards. Coreys involvement
in the linkage handballs with Jimmy Bartel, Gary Ablett and James Kelly
set the standard as Geelong moved the ball at a blistering speed. Corey
Enright played an attacking role that paid off as Port were unable to
conquer the magic pace controlled by the Cats midfielders.
Paul Chapman was at his all-time best, kicking two magnificent typical-Chappy
type goals. Running hard at the ball and not slowing down with an opponent
standing in his way, Chapman kicked a snap truly that gave the Cats
the early lead. Gary Ablett kicked a magical goal, where he ran to the
fifty metre line side-stepping Port players in their attempts to stop
him. The kick curved back, though it was never going to miss, and summed
up Port Adelaides night.
The lead had tightened after half time with Geelong taking the foot
off the accelerator in the third quarter. Tom Hawkins kicked an important
goal and gave a smile matched by the many delighted fans. Cam Mooney
was given a couple of poor decisions including not being given a goal
that was clearly misread by the goal umpire. Yet the Big Hairy Cat didnt
lose his cool. He did do a legitimate bump early in the first quarter
that shows he has not lost his fierceness, and is still disciplined.
Mooney, Steve Johnson and Ryan Gamble were impressive in the forward
Look for next week against the Bombers:
B. Ottens to return and give Mark Blake the support he missed, after
having to do the main job Thursday night.
Max Rooke to add to the strength of the Cats defence.
Brent Prismall is a good chance to take Kane Tenaces position
after being unlucky to miss the season opener.