AFL: Geelong vs West Coast Eagles
Bouncedown at 2.40pm WST, our coverage on 6PR starts from 2pm with Brad Hardie, Tony Shaw, Shane McInnes and Matt Granland.
No changes to the listed sides.
A little bit of cloud coming over the ground but the rain is currently holding off.
Joel Selwood has won the toss, and will kick with the slight breeze towards the City End of the ground. Eagles will be heading towards to the River End in this first quarter
Josh Kennedy has kicked a goal inside the first 90 seconds! A hot start from the Eagles, but Geelong have responded well and kicked the next three of the match, with singles to Rohan, Hawkins and Ratugolea. A high scoring five minutes, Cats lead 3.0.18 to 1.0.6
Geelong have stormed out to a big lead, with 5 minutes to go in the first quarter there is still yet to be a behind in this match. Gary Rohan, who has found great form this year as a Cat, has three for the quarter as Geelong lead 7.0.42 to 2.0.12
The Eagles will need a turnaround at quarter time, after a massive term from the Cats sees them lead by 30 points. The two Gary’s were good for Geelong, Gary Ablett had ten possessions and used the ball well at 90% efficiency, while Gary Rohan has three goals and some fantastic marks up forward.
A nasty headclash between Tom Stewart and Liam Ryan sees Ryan taken to the bench. Walking fine, but in the hands of the trainers as there is a little bit of blood to be seen. He is getting patched up now, and will hopefully resume play for the Eagles. Fantastic sportsmanship by Tom Stewart to make sure that his opponent was ok after the incident, two players going hard at the footy.
In a day that Geelong are remembering the 2009 Premiership side, a man who played in that flag has been dominant – half way through the quarter, Ablett has 17 possessions and a goal. Tom Cole currently running with him, has his work cut out for him.
Liam Ryan returns to the ground sporting a head bandage, as the Cats lead by 34 points with 7 minutes to go in the second.
Eagles will need to lift in the second half, Andrew Gaff has accrued a lot of the ball with 19 but has lacked polish with his disposal use, Gary Ablett also has 19 at the end of the half. Cats lead by 33 at half time at GMHBA Stadium.
Eagles have not kicked a goal since the 4 minutes mark of the second term, and are feeling the pressure from the Cats. Gary Ablett has finished off the deck to get his second goal, brilliantly read off the back of the pack and with 10 mins gone in the third term the Cats lead the reigning premiers by 48 points. 10.9.69 to 3.3.21
The Eagles have kicked back to back goals, Josh Kennedy kicking his second and then Tom Hickey hitting the scoreboard for his first, but the Eagles still trail by 38 points with 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter.
Cats have shown why they are currently on top of the ladder, a strong showing across the board to lead last year’s premiers by 50 points at 3QT. 4 goals to 2 in that term saw the lead grow, and Cats look likely to cement their spot a game clear on top of the ladder.
The Tony Barlow Menswear Votes for Round 6:
Brad Hardie has struggled to find 5 players from today’s match against the Cats. Eagles went down by 58 points, Geelong too strong at home 15.14.104 to 7.4.46:
5 votes – nil
4 votes – nil
3 votes – Elliot Yeo
2 votes – Tom Hickey
1 vote – Jeremy McGovern
For Geelong, Patrick Dangerfield led all players with 30 possessions and a goal, with their best players including Gary Rohan with 4 goals, Gary Ablett with 28 touches and 2 goals as he wound back the clock, and Esava Ratugolea who presented well and took some strong marks up forward.
For West Coast, they will come home to Perth to face the Gold Cost Suns next Saturday, while the Cats will host Essendon next Sunday afternoon