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Geelong vs Western Bulldogs

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Round: 16   Venue: Kardinia Park   Date: Sat, 18-07-2015 1:45 pm   Crowd: 25,041  
Geelong 3.4.224.8.328.10.5810.12.72 C:  Chris Scott
Western Bulldogs 2.2.143.4.226.10.469.10.64 C:  Luke Beveridge
  GEEL by 8GEEL by 10GEEL by 12GEEL by 8  
Weather
min temp  7.0°C      max temp  11.4°C
rainfall  1.2mm    humidity  54%    air pressure  1030.7mb
wind speed 17km/h      wind direction  S
Brownlow Medal 3 Josh Caddy (GEEL)2 Mitch Wallis (WBULL)1 Luke Dahlhaus (WBULL)

Match Report

Geelong remains in a realistic chance to play in a ninth consecutive finals series after defeating the sixth-placed Western Bulldogs in a scrappy affair at Kardinia Park on Saturday. In more or less perfect conditions, only seven goals were scored between the two sides in the first half, with the Cats leading by 10 at the long break. The second half saw thew game open up slightly, with the Dogs threatening several times to snatch victory but Geelong held on for a hard-fought and vital eight-point win. 

The first few minutes of the match saw the ball mostly in the Western Bulldogs' forward line but without any score being registered. But the first score went the Cats' way as Corey Gregson burst inside to give Geelong a six-point lead at the four-minute mark. The next 10 minutes saw only behinds registered but mark and goal to Tory Dickson levelled scores at the 14-minute mark. A brace of goals within a two-minute period to Josh Walker and Tom Hawkins saw Geelong's lead jump out to 12 at the 18-miunute mark, but Dickson's second at the 22-minute mark but the lead to eight points at quarter time.

Goals were extremely hard to come by in the second term, each side scoring just one. The first came at the nine-minute mark and it went the way of Geelong after Josh Caddy was tackled high 15 metres out from goal and converted. A strong mark from Jack Redpath saw him kick his first for the Dogs three minutes later to bring them within nine points. Congested play followed for the remainder of the half and on the few occasions the ball broke free, only behinds were registered and it was Geelong by 10 points at the half. 

Needing the first goal of the first quarter ti stay in touch, the Bulldogs got just that after a brilliant Luke  Dahlhaus tackle was rewarded with a free kick which he converted to a goal. Geelong then made the crucial break of the match. In a five-minute period, the Cats piled on three goals, two to Hawkins and one to Mitch Duncan, to jump out to a 19-point break. The Dogs hit back with the next two but a goal right on the three-quarter time siren from Steven Motlop saw Geelong lead by 12 at the last change. 

A high tackle on Mitch Wallis from Geelong's Jed Bews resulted in a free kick to Wallis early in the final term and he converted to cut the margin ti just seven points at the four-minute mark. Defences got on top again after that but a goal to Motlop broke the drought and saw the Cats back out to a 13-point break. Stringer marked and goaled and cut the difference back to seven at the 14-minute mark but Motlop bobbed up again with his third at the 18-minute mark. Tory Dickson's third gave the Dogs hope once more at the 21-minute mark but the Cats held firm for the next six minutes to eke out an eight-point win.

Best for the Cats included Caddy (37 possessions, seven tackles) and Motlop (11 tackles, three goals) while the Bulldogs were well served by Dahlhaus (37 disposals, seven tackles) and Mitch Wallis (26 touches and two goals).

The Cats, now within one game of the eight, will take on GWS in Canberra next Saturday, while the Dogs (fifth, 9-6) will host ninth-placed Collingwood at Docklands on Sunday.

GOALS
Geelong: Hawkins, Motlop 3; Gregson, Walker, Caddy, Duncan
Western Bulldogs: Dickson 3; Wallis 2; Redpath, Dahlhaus, Grant, Stringer

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Geelong: Caddy, Murdoch, Duncan, Lonergan, Enright, Bartel
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Morris, Wallis, Wood, Johanissen

BEST - THE SUNDAY AGE
Geelong: Caddy, Duncan, Motlop, Kelly, Lonergan, Blicavs, Taylor
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Wallis, Macrae, Dickson, Johannisen, Picken

INJURIES
Geelong: Stevens replaced in selected side by Hunter, Wallis (back)
Western Bulldogs: Gregson (foot)

SUBSTITUTES
Geelong: Mathew Stokes replaced Cory Gregson in the third
Western Bulldogs: Lachlan Hunter replaced Tom Campbell at three-quarter time

UMPIRES: Donlon, Chamberlein, Ryan

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Basil Zempilas, Hamish McLachlan

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.

Match stats

Geelong Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
3 Bartel, Jimmy 14 8 9 23 0 1 0 11 2 3 31y 226d 276 191
24 Bews, Jed 5 4 5 10 0 0 0 6 0 1 21y 216d 21 1
46 Blicavs, Mark 9 8 10 19 0 0 31 5 1 0 24y 112d 59 16
23 Caddy, Josh 17 5 20 37 1 2 2 7 4 1 22y 293d 72 52
22 Duncan, Mitch 13 4 12 25 1 1 0 3 0 0 24y 38d 108 92
44 Enright, Corey 17 3 6 23 0 0 0 7 0 0 33y 307d 302 62
28 Gregson, Cory 4 3 6 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 18y 317d 14 11
29 Guthrie, Cameron 6 3 13 19 0 0 0 3 0 1 22y 333d 78 16
26 Hawkins, Tom 10 6 2 12 3 0 0 1 1 1 26y 362d 159 311
20 Johnson, Steve 10 4 10 20 0 2 0 0 0 0 32y 14d 247 440
9 Kelly, James 16 9 15 31 0 3 0 3 1 0 31y 201d 267 88
39 Kersten, Shane 5 4 3 8 0 1 0 5 1 0 22y 125d 18 19
8 Kolodjashnij, Jake 7 2 5 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 19y 343d 2 0
11 Lang, Darcy 5 2 6 11 0 0 0 3 1 0 19y 239d 15 9
13 Lonergan, Tom 4 3 8 12 0 0 2 3 1 0 31y 62d 158 54
4 Mackie, Andrew 15 8 6 21 0 0 0 4 1 1 30y 345d 228 93
32 Motlop, Steven 13 6 10 23 3 0 0 11 0 0 24y 128d 81 109
21 Murdoch, Jordan 13 4 5 18 0 0 0 1 1 0 23y 117d 54 45
27 Stokes, Mathew 2 2 7 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 30y 238d 186 201
7 Taylor, Harry 8 7 8 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 29y 36d 173 40
40 Thurlow, Jackson 6 3 10 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 112d 22 6
34 Walker, Josh 10 8 8 18 1 1 6 2 0 1 22y 248d 26 26
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 209 106 184 393 10 12 41 86 14 9 25y 266d 2566 1882
Western Bulldogs Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
4 Bontempelli, Marcus 10 4 7 17 0 1 4 10 0 1 19y 236d 29 24
5 Boyd, Matthew 11 0 8 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 32y 325d 252 83
17 Boyd, Tom 7 3 3 10 0 0 17 6 1 1 19y 330d 23 24
45 Campbell, Tom 4 5 7 11 0 0 32 3 0 0 23y 258d 21 16
8 Crameri, Stewart 3 1 10 13 0 1 0 5 0 1 26y 342d 89 143
6 Dahlhaus, Luke 14 3 23 37 1 0 0 7 1 0 22y 331d 86 82
31 Dale, Bailey 4 1 5 9 0 0 0 1 0 1 18y 361d 7 5
35 Daniel, Caleb 9 3 10 19 0 0 0 2 1 0 19y 11d 3 1
29 Dickson, Tory 6 4 9 15 3 0 0 5 0 1 27y 295d 49 74
1 Grant, Jarrad 7 2 6 13 1 0 2 2 0 0 26y 12d 73 78
7 Hunter, Lachie 3 1 7 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 20y 217d 28 14
39 Johannisen, Jason 14 5 8 22 0 0 0 3 0 1 22y 252d 42 9
11 Macrae, Jack 13 5 16 29 0 1 0 5 1 1 20y 349d 47 14
38 Morris, Dale 7 9 6 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 32y 201d 200 3
2 Murphy, Bob 12 4 10 22 0 0 0 1 0 1 33y 39d 286 172
42 Picken, Liam 11 4 10 21 0 0 0 9 0 0 28y 351d 143 43
28 Prudden, Josh 7 2 4 11 0 0 0 4 1 0 20y 315d 2 0
43 Redpath, Jack 6 5 1 7 1 1 2 10 0 0 24y 217d 7 7
23 Roughead, Jordan 5 2 4 9 0 0 0 7 0 1 24y 257d 86 14
9 Stringer, Jake 12 6 5 17 1 2 0 3 0 2 21y 84d 42 69
3 Wallis, Mitch 10 0 16 26 2 0 0 4 4 2 22y 267d 68 25
10 Wood, Easton 7 4 8 15 0 0 0 3 0 1 25y 317d 79 12
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 182 73 183 365 9 10 57 93 9 14 24y 144d 1662 912

Footnotes

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