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Round: 16   Venue: Kardinia Park   Date: Sun, 06-07-2014 4:40 pm   Crowd: 24,766  
Geelong 3.3.217.5.479.8.6210.9.69 C:  Chris Scott
Western Bulldogs 0.4.43.6.246.11.477.14.56 C:  Brendan McCartney
  GEEL by 17GEEL by 23GEEL by 15GEEL by 13  
Weather
min temp  8.9°C      max temp  13.7°C
rainfall  0.4mm    humidity  92%    air pressure  1015.0mb
wind speed 13km/h      wind direction  W
Brownlow Medal 3 Steve Johnson (GEEL)2 Ryan Griffen (WBULL)1 Marcus Bontempelli (WBULL)

Match Report


Geelong's experience and superior ball usage was enough to see the Cats home by 13 points against a gallant Western Bulldogs at a wet Kardinia Park in Sunday's twilight match. The Bulldogs matched Geelong in many areas of the game, and ultimately had more scoring shots than the Cats, but Geelong's cleaner ball handling when going forward was enough to see it over the line in a hard-fought encounter.

That cleaner ball handling was probably most in evidence in the first quarter, with Geelong kicking three goals for the term and preventing the Dogs from kicking any to set up a 17-point lead at the first break, one which proved decisive in the context of the match. The second quarter was the most open of the match, both teams displaying some good wet weather skills, with Geelong adding 4.2 for the term and the Dogs 3.2, the Cats 23 points ahead at the long break.

As rain continued to fall in the third term Geelong took the lead out to 29 points with a goal to Jordan Murdoch but the Bulldogs gradually turned the tide as the quarter unfolded, kicking three of the remaining four goals of the quarter to close the margin to 15 at the final break. To have any real hope of victory, the Western Bulldogs needed to kick the opening goal of the final term but it was big forward Tom Hawkins who marked and goaled from the boundary at the 10-minute mark to virtually ensure a Geelong victory. The Dogs continued to come, though, and probably had the better of the remainder of the match but the wet weather made scoring goals extremely difficult. Only one more for the match was kicked, to Bulldog Lachie Hunter after a good passage of play involving youngsters Jake Stringer and second-gamer Mitch Honeychurch, but Geelong held firm enough to eke out a 13-point win.

Stevie Johnson (14 tackles and 25 disposals) and Jimmy Bartel (15 tackles, 19 touches) were outstanding all day in the wet for the Cats, while young Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli (10 tackles, 21 possessions) and Tom Liberatore (32 disposals, seven tackles) again played fine games for the vanquished.

The win was enough to keep Geelong within touch of the top four. The Cats are behind Hawthorn (second), Port Adelaide (third) and Fremantle (fourth) on percentage and will look to break into the top four with a win over Melbourne next Saturday at the MCG. The Bulldogs are 14th on the ladder with a 5-10 record and will travel to Cairns for a "home" game against Gold Coast next Saturday.

GOALS
Geelong: Duncan, Kersten, Hawkins 2; Bartel, Johnson, Christensen, Murdoch
Western Bulldogs: Crameri, Bontempelli 2; Dahlhaus, Griffen, Hunter

BEST - THE AGE
Geelong:
Johnson, Bartel, Duncan, Taylor, Selwood, Enright, Mackie, Caddy, Motlop
Western Bulldogs: Liberatore, Griffen, Murphy, Bontempelli, Dahlhaus, Boyd, Hunter, Macrae

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Johnson, Duncan, Taylor, Motlop, Bartel, Rivers
Western Bulldogs: Bontempelli, Liberatore, Griffen, Dahlhaus, Minson

INJURIES
Geelong: Nil
Western Bulldogs: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Geelong: Brad Hartman replaced George Horlin-Smith at three-quarter time
Western Bulldogs: Jackson Macrae replaced Mark Austin at half-time

UMPIRES: Donlon, Hosking, Mitchell

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Fox Footy

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Bartel, Jimmy 10 3 9 19 1 0 0 15 1 2 30y 214d 264 180
24 Bews, Jed 6 2 4 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 20y 204d 6 0
46 Blicavs, Mark 5 3 6 11 0 0 19 5 0 4 23y 100d 37 9
23 Caddy, Josh 8 5 10 18 0 0 0 6 0 1 21y 281d 49 29
28 Christensen, Allen 10 2 3 13 1 0 0 5 2 1 23y 48d 60 51
22 Duncan, Mitch 11 5 9 20 2 0 0 10 0 1 23y 26d 91 78
44 Enright, Corey 12 4 8 20 0 0 0 3 0 2 32y 295d 279 60
29 Guthrie, Cameron 8 3 12 20 0 0 0 11 0 2 21y 321d 55 8
36 Hartman, Brad 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 19y 232d 2 0
26 Hawkins, Tom 8 5 3 11 2 1 0 0 1 0 25y 350d 138 261
33 Horlin-Smith, George 7 0 7 14 0 1 0 2 3 0 21y 196d 24 17
20 Johnson, Steve 15 5 10 25 1 1 0 14 0 4 31y 2d 228 416
39 Kersten, Shane 6 1 2 8 2 2 0 4 0 1 21y 113d 3 7
13 Lonergan, Tom 8 4 4 12 0 0 0 4 1 1 30y 50d 136 51
4 Mackie, Andrew 17 8 3 20 0 0 0 5 0 0 29y 333d 211 88
17 McIntosh, Hamish 10 4 7 17 0 0 32 3 1 1 29y 305d 120 64
32 Motlop, Steven 21 5 9 30 0 2 0 4 1 1 23y 116d 60 81
21 Murdoch, Jordan 9 4 4 13 1 1 0 7 0 0 22y 105d 34 31
25 Rivers, Jared 7 7 5 12 0 0 0 7 0 0 29y 261d 173 18
14 Selwood, Joel 5 2 8 13 0 0 1 11 2 1 26y 41d 175 105
7 Taylor, Harry 17 11 6 23 0 0 1 4 0 0 28y 24d 150 38
5 Varcoe, Travis 6 2 9 15 0 0 0 2 1 3 26y 87d 129 129
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 208 85 138 346 10 9 53 129 13 25 25y 201d 2424 1721
Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
47 Austin, Mark 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 25y 132d 37 2
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 13 2 8 21 2 1 1 10 1 0 18y 224d 9 6
5 Boyd, Matthew 9 1 11 20 0 0 0 1 0 1 31y 313d 232 79
8 Crameri, Stewart 8 3 9 17 2 1 0 1 0 2 25y 330d 72 121
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 13 2 3 16 1 2 0 7 3 0 21y 319d 64 64
16 Griffen, Ryan 17 0 15 32 1 0 0 6 2 1 27y 344d 196 128
7 Higgins, Shaun 10 1 1 11 0 0 0 4 0 1 26y 124d 124 126
22 Honeychurch, Mitch 4 2 6 10 0 1 0 7 0 0 19y 126d 2 1
24 Hrovat, Nathan 7 2 6 13 0 1 0 3 1 0 20y 29d 13 5
26 Hunter, Lachie 12 2 4 16 1 0 0 5 2 0 19y 205d 18 11
21 Liberatore, Tom 16 2 16 32 0 0 1 7 4 0 22y 51d 70 15
11 Macrae, Jack 11 2 6 17 0 0 0 4 2 0 19y 337d 28 8
27 Minson, Will 7 0 3 10 0 0 33 7 1 2 29y 86d 173 76
38 Morris, Dale 4 1 3 7 0 0 0 5 1 0 31y 189d 186 3
2 Murphy, Bob 13 1 4 17 0 0 0 3 1 1 32y 27d 264 171
42 Picken, Liam 14 2 8 22 0 1 0 4 3 1 27y 339d 122 32
43 Redpath, Jack 2 0 3 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 23y 205d 1 0
23 Roughead, Jordan 3 2 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 23y 245d 66 12
25 Stevens, Koby 8 0 10 18 0 0 0 3 0 1 23y 18d 43 23
9 Stringer, Jake 8 0 5 13 0 0 0 8 0 0 20y 72d 21 20
3 Wallis, Mitch 11 0 9 20 0 2 0 3 3 1 21y 255d 54 15
10 Wood, Easton 7 0 4 11 0 0 0 4 1 0 24y 305d 62 7
  Rushed   5  
  Totals 198 25 137 335 7 14 36 96 25 13 24y 144d 1857 925

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.