|Brownlow Medal||3 Patrick Dangerfield (GEEL)||2 Tom Hawkins (GEEL)||1 Joel Selwood (GEEL)|
Geelong has recorded a massive win over Gold Coast, thrashing the Suns to the tune of 120 points at Kardinia Park on Saturday night. The Cats were only a point clear halfway through the first term, and it looked like the Suns had 'come to play'. By quarter time, however, Geelong had jumped to a 14-point lead and the Cats would go on to dominate Gold Coast in all departments over the next three terms to win by 20 goals.
While the Suns were undermanned as a result of a lengthy injury list, the performance of his charges would have been abjectly unacceptable to coach Rodney Eade. The Suns had started the season with a bang, winning their first three matches of 2016. But an unexpected round four loss to Brisbane has been followed by a 38-point defeat to top side North Melbourne, and now Saturday night's thrashing, leaving the Suns with a 3-3 record and in danger of losing touch with the top eight.
The night didn't start too badly for Gold Coast and, after an early goal to Geelong's Nakia Cockatoo, a major to Tom Lynch had the Suns within a point after three minutes. Geelong's Mitch Duncan kicked Geelong's second but Lynch's own second goal had the Suns back within one after 14 minutes. The Cats began to get going soon after, though, and goals to Steven Motlop and Shane Kersten had them out to a 14-point lead early in time on. Each side added another goal after that and it was Geelong by 14 at the first break.
Gold Coast looked like keeping pace with the Cats after a goal to Daniel Menzel was answered by Sun Alex Sexton, but the Geelong machine clicked into gear after that, and consecutive goals to Motlop, Cockatoo, Nathan Vardy, Tom Hawkins and Shane Kersten had the Cats suddenly ahead by 27 points. Sexton's second goal stopped the rot, but only very briefly and the Cats were 41 points clear at the half, with worse to follow.
Jarrod Harrow sparked brief thoughts of a revival within two minutes of the second half starting, but the Suns would not trouble the scorers again until well into final quarter. The Cats, in the interim, piled on seven goals straight to take an 83-point lead into the final term, and then score another three majors before Sean Lemons finally broke Gold Coast's scoring drought with a goal at the 11-minute mark. By that stage, the Cats led by 97 points, and four further goals to Josh Caddy (2), Patrick Dangerfield and Kersten saw the final difference blow out to 120 points.
The Cats had winners everywhere but Dangerfield in particular (30 touches, six marks) was outstanding. Gold Coast by contrast did not have many players who could hold their heads high but Gary Ablett (26 disposals, five tackles) was a fine contributor.
With that win Geelong moves up to second on the ladder, with five wins from six games and a huge percentage of 174,7. The Cats will host West Coast at Kardinia Park next Saturday afternoon. The Suns, meanwhile, will try to arrest their slide when they take on Melbourne at Carrara on Saturday evening.
Geelong: Hawkins, Kersten 4; Motlop, Cockatoo 3; Lang, Caddy, Dangerfield 2; Duncan, Menzel, Vardy, Smith, Selwood
Gold Coast: Lynch, Sexton 2; Cameron, Harbrow, Lemmens
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Geelong: Dangerfield, Hawkins, Motlop, Guthrie, Selwood, Caddy, Duncan, Bartel
Gold Coast: K Kolodjashnij, Prestia, Ablett, Sexton
Geelong: Dangerfield, Selwood, Caddy, Hawkins, Motlop, Bartel, Menzel, Kersten
Gold Coast:- Ablett, Hall, Currie, Prestia
Geelong: McCarthy (head), Guthrie (hip)
Gold Coast: McKenzie (left ankle), Day (back)
UMPIRES: Stevic, Kamolins, Hay
TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network
COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling
Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of the AFL.
|3||Bartel, Jimmy||18||14||12||30||0||1||0||0||0||0||32y 148d||289||193|
|24||Bews, Jed||8||5||5||13||0||0||0||4||0||0||22y 138d||24||1|
|46||Blicavs, Mark||13||6||8||21||0||0||7||7||2||2||25y 33d||72||20|
|23||Caddy, Josh||11||5||20||31||2||1||2||4||1||0||23y 215d||83||63|
|5||Cockatoo, Nakia||5||1||7||12||3||0||0||4||1||1||19y 190d||15||8|
|35||Dangerfield, Patrick||17||6||13||30||2||3||0||5||2||1||26y 25d||160||170|
|22||Duncan, Mitch||13||10||14||27||1||0||0||5||1||5||24y 325d||117||97|
|44||Enright, Corey||11||1||10||21||0||0||0||2||0||0||34y 229d||314||62|
|29||Guthrie, Cameron||12||8||17||29||0||0||0||2||0||1||23y 255d||91||25|
|26||Hawkins, Tom||19||11||5||24||4||2||0||5||4||0||27y 284d||172||346|
|25||Henderson, Lachie||15||11||6||21||0||0||0||4||0||2||26y 138d||122||105|
|39||Kersten, Shane||10||7||6||16||4||2||0||4||0||1||23y 46d||25||28|
|8||Kolodjashnij, Jake||6||6||5||11||0||0||0||1||0||0||20y 265d||15||0|
|11||Lang, Darcy||14||8||8||22||2||0||0||6||0||0||20y 161d||26||22|
|13||Lonergan, Tom||9||7||1||10||0||0||0||1||0||2||31y 349d||169||54|
|6||McCarthy, Lincoln||5||1||4||9||0||1||0||3||1||1||22y 191d||10||7|
|10||Menzel, Daniel||13||9||12||25||1||2||0||6||0||0||24y 230d||27||41|
|32||Motlop, Steven||19||6||7||26||3||1||0||1||0||2||25y 49d||94||124|
|14||Selwood, Joel||14||8||18||32||1||2||0||5||2||2||27y 340d||210||131|
|9||Smith, Zac||7||3||8||15||1||1||12||1||1||0||26y 68d||71||36|
|7||Taylor, Harry||11||7||3||14||0||0||0||1||1||1||29y 323d||186||41|
|30||Vardy, Nathan||2||2||4||6||1||0||11||5||0||1||24y 310d||25||25|
|Gold Coast||Match Stats||Career|
|9||Ablett, Gary||13||3||13||26||0||0||0||5||2||2||31y 352d||280||371|
|27||Cameron, Clay||4||4||4||8||1||0||0||3||0||1||21y 339d||21||5|
|15||Currie, Daniel||3||5||6||9||0||0||34||4||0||1||27y 75d||6||3|
|39||Davis, Ryan||7||2||3||10||0||0||0||2||1||0||26y 328d||19||6|
|12||Day, Sam||4||3||5||9||0||0||0||3||0||1||23y 237d||84||55|
|2||Grant, Jarrad||3||1||6||9||0||0||0||2||1||0||26y 299d||83||84|
|33||Hall, Aaron||18||5||10||28||0||1||0||4||1||0||25y 173d||67||59|
|5||Harbrow, Jarrod||7||3||8||15||1||0||0||2||1||1||27y 287d||169||49|
|28||Kolodjashnij, Kade||11||3||8||19||0||0||0||0||2||0||20y 265d||45||10|
|23||Lemmens, Sean||11||4||7||18||1||1||0||2||4||1||21y 180d||42||7|
|37||Lonergan, Jesse||6||2||7||13||0||0||0||3||0||0||21y 168d||37||4|
|19||Lynch, Tom||7||4||4||11||2||0||0||3||2||2||23y 182d||86||148|
|7||Malceski, Nick||9||4||11||20||0||1||0||6||3||1||31y 259d||198||73|
|4||Martin, Jack||3||1||6||9||0||0||0||3||0||1||21y 92d||29||31|
|18||McKenzie, Trent||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||24y 27d||97||22|
|11||Miller, Touk||4||1||4||8||0||0||0||3||0||1||20y 68d||26||8|
|10||Prestia, Dion||11||3||13||24||0||0||0||9||1||0||23y 201d||86||28|
|3||Rosa, Matt||7||3||14||21||0||1||2||2||1||1||29y 159d||173||40|
|20||Schade, Henry||6||5||6||12||0||0||0||3||1||0||22y 205d||16||0|
|6||Sexton, Alex||8||3||12||20||2||1||0||1||1||1||22y 149d||43||25|
|34||Willis, Mackenzie||4||1||7||11||0||0||0||2||1||2||20y 267d||1||0|
|30||Wright, Peter||3||2||2||5||0||0||3||0||0||0||19y 235d||5||4|