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  • Behinds 14
  • Total 74

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  • Behinds 6
  • Total 72
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Match Report

Cats win in a thriller

By afl.com.au Exclusive to AFL Bigpond Network June 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Freo have gone down to Geelong by 2-points in a thrilling match.

The Cats and Freo Dockers play out a frenetic finish at Simonds Stadium.

Fremantle fought bravely until the final seconds to go down to Geelong by two points at Simonds Stadium on Sunday.

Freo's Michael Walters missed a snap shot kick for goal with a second to go from 20m out to allow the Cats to hold on.

It was the fourth game for the round decided by less than a goal, with Geelong winning 10.14 (74) to Fremantle's 11.6 (72).

It was a massive escape for the Cats, which won despite losing its skipper Joel Selwood to concussion in the first 45 seconds of the game and then being down to one fit player on the bench after Tom Stewart and Darcy Lang were injured.

Fremantle, which was without its own injured skipper Nat Fyfe and big man Aaron Sandilands, kicked seven unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of the second quarter to open up a 34-point lead and then held the Cats at bay in the third quarter to take a 19-point lead into the last term.

However two goals to James Parsons within the first four minutes of the last quarter brought Geelong back in touch and then Tom Hawkins put the Cats in front at the nine-minute mark before the game settled into a classic arm-wrestle.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said he was pleased with Freo's competitiveness, but conceded they tired.  

"That is AFL footy. That is the filter. You have got to be able to go as hard from first to last," Lyon said. 

From that point on neither team kicked a goal as the Cats blew chances to seal the game.

The Cats then looked to have the game in their keeping but Jordan Murdoch missed a kick to Dan Menzel, and Freo went from end to end to almost pull off a last-gasp victory with a gutsy run from Lachie Weller.

Fremantle, fielding their youngest team for the season, with 11 players having 50 games or less experience, with two of those playing their first game, were brilliant for most of the contest.

The inclusions of debutants Sean Darcy and Josh Deluca saw five players with less that 5 games experience, four of those being first year players, line up against the third-placed Cats.

Darcy didn't look out of place in the ruck with 40 hit-outs and 14 disposals.

Nick Suban blanketed Patrick Dangerfield for three quarters before the champion took hold in the last quarter – only to be let down by his kicking – and Lachie Neale won the ball in tight.

David Mundy was cool while Conor Blakely dominated across half back and the Hill brothers, Brad and Stephen were excellent.

However the Cats, which have only lost one of their past 16 games at Simonds Stadium – and only seven times in the past 79 – kept persisting despite fumbling all day.

However the Dockers know they are moving forward. 

"At the end of the day [with the] last kick of the day, we had an opportunity to win the game," Lyon said.  

"That is what we take out of it. Our ascendancy came from competing fiercely and using the ball well and defending well."

Medical room

Geelong: Cats skipper Selwood was knocked out in the first 45 seconds after clashing heads with Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne. He was ruled out from the game with concussion. Stewart copped a knock to the face in the second quarter to finish his afternoon and may have suffered bone damage. 

Fremantle: Hayden Ballantyne kicked Tom Hawkins' calf during the first quarter and hurt his foot. He was treated on the bench before returning to the ground at quarter-time. Brad Hill appeared to hurt his leg late in the game but he then got up and running to affect the final contest and Fremantle said he was fine. 

Next week

Geelong has a huge game against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium. A win would go a long way to cementing a top-four spot, while Fremantle return home for a must-win game against St Kilda.  

More to come

GEELONG           2.0    4.5    7.9    10.14 (74) 
FREMANTLE       1.1    8.3    11.4  11.6 (72)

GOALS 
Geelong: 
Menzel 3, Tuohy 2, Parsons 2, Motlop, Menegola, Hawkins 
Fremantle: Tucker 3, Ballantyne 2, Walters 2, B Hill, Neale, McCarthy, Suban

BEST 
Geelong:
 Dangerfield, Tuohy, Lonergan, Menzel, Duncan 
Fremantle: Neale, Blakely, Walters, B Hill, Weller, Darcy, M Johnson

INJURIES 
Geelong
: Selwood (concussion), Stewart (eye), Lang (knee), S Selwood (hamstring tightness)
Fremantle: Ballantyne (foot), B Hill (leg)

Reports:  TBC

Umpires: Hay, Harris, Pannell

Official crowd: 29,928 at Simonds Stadium

 

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    31
  • Geelong Cats
    Mitch Duncan
    30
  • Fremantle
    Lachie Neale
    29
  • Geelong Cats
    Zach Tuohy
    28
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    133
  • Geelong Cats
    Mark Blicavs
    126
  • Geelong Cats
    Sam Menegola
    124
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    122
  • Geelong Cats
    Zach Tuohy
    112
Scoring Leaders
  • Daniel Menzel
    Daniel Menzel
    3.1
  • Fremantle
    Darcy Tucker
    3.0
  • Fremantle
    Michael Walters
    2.1
  • Geelong Cats
    Zach Tuohy
    2.0
  • Geelong Cats
    James Parsons
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 387 Disposals 371
  • 71.3 Disposal Eff 71.2
  • 159 Contested Pos 142
  • 85 Marks 75
  • 24 Free Kicks 20
  • 38 Clearances 38
  • 57 Inside 50s 47
  • 35 Rebound 50s 46
  • 106 Tackles 84
  • 46 Hit-outs 48
  • 61 Interchanges 86

Breakdown

  • 2.0 (12)
    1.1 (7)
  • 4.5 (29)
    8.3 (51)
  • 7.9 (51)
    11.4 (70)
  • 10.14 (74)
    11.6 (72)

Player Stats

Geelong Cats

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Patrick Dangerfield 19 12 31 3 0 5 0 9 0 2 133
2Mark Blicavs 14 7 21 5 22 0 1 9 0 0 126
3Sam Menegola 12 10 22 8 0 1 0 9 1 1 124
4Zach Tuohy 20 8 28 8 0 1 3 2 2 0 112
5Mitch Duncan 14 16 30 4 0 1 3 5 0 1 99
6George Horlin-Smith 10 12 22 2 0 3 0 7 0 0 91
7Andrew Mackie 16 9 25 5 0 1 1 2 0 1 88
8Scott Selwood 8 11 19 2 0 2 0 7 0 2 84
9Daniel Menzel 7 7 14 3 0 1 0 5 3 1 84
10Cameron Guthrie 9 9 18 5 0 1 2 7 0 0 83
11Harry Taylor 9 9 18 7 0 1 1 4 0 0 80
12Jordan Murdoch 4 12 16 2 0 0 2 11 0 0 80
13Tom Hawkins 10 4 14 7 0 1 0 3 1 2 80
14Tom Lonergan 10 8 18 6 0 1 1 3 0 0 74
15Rhys Stanley 5 4 9 3 24 1 2 5 0 2 73
16Steven Motlop 11 9 20 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 69
17James Parsons 6 8 14 2 0 0 0 4 2 0 68
18Jed Bews 5 9 14 1 0 2 1 5 0 0 55
19Jake Kolodjashnij 6 9 15 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 50
20Tom Stewart 6 4 10 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 49
21Darcy Lang 1 7 8 1 0 0 1 4 0 0 33
22Joel Selwood 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23Jackson Thurlow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24Jordan Cunico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25Wylie Buzza 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fremantle

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Michael Walters 16 12 28 7 0 3 1 4 2 1 122
2Bradley Hill 17 10 27 6 0 1 0 4 1 0 112
3Connor Blakely 19 8 27 7 0 1 0 3 0 0 107
4Darcy Tucker 14 4 18 5 0 0 0 4 3 0 99
5Lachie Neale 8 21 29 1 0 3 2 6 1 0 96
6Lachie Weller 15 8 23 2 0 2 1 6 0 1 91
7Lee Spurr 11 11 22 4 0 1 0 4 0 0 84
8Joel Hamling 7 7 14 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 80
9Sean Darcy 6 8 14 0 40 1 1 2 0 0 80
10David Mundy 8 11 19 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 79
11Hayden Ballantyne 8 6 14 5 0 2 3 5 2 0 76
12Michael Johnson 16 6 22 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 71
13Brennan Cox 7 8 15 6 8 0 2 3 0 0 69
14Stephen Hill 9 8 17 2 0 1 2 5 0 0 64
15Nick Suban 7 11 18 1 0 0 3 5 1 0 63
16Griffin Logue 6 4 10 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 49
17Luke Ryan 7 3 10 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 45
18Joshua Deluca 9 4 13 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 44
19Tommy Sheridan 4 7 11 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 43
20Hayden Crozier 6 3 9 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 43
21Cam McCarthy 4 3 7 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 37
22Shane Kersten 4 0 4 1 0 1 2 3 0 2 24
23Ethan Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24Sam Collins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25Cameron Sutcliffe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Lineups

Geelong Cats

B

  • Andrew Mackie,
  • Tom Lonergan,
  • Zach Tuohy

HB

  • Tom Stewart,
  • Jake Kolodjashnij,
  • Mark Blicavs

C

  • Cameron Guthrie,
  • Joel Selwood,
  • Mitch Duncan

HF

  • Sam Menegola,
  • Harry Taylor,
  • Darcy Lang

F

  • Steven Motlop,
  • Tom Hawkins,
  • Daniel Menzel

Fol

  • Rhys Stanley,
  • Scott Selwood,
  • Patrick Dangerfield

I/C

  • Jed Bews,
  • Jordan Murdoch,
  • George Horlin-Smith,
  • James Parsons

No Late Change

In

  • Mark Blicavs,
  • Tom Hawkins,
  • George Horlin-Smith

Out

  • Zac Smith (Omitted),
  • Lachie Henderson (Groin),
  • Nakia Cockatoo (Hamstring)

Last updated: 4:07PM Sunday, June 25, 2017