The reigning premiers are well and truly back. A week after an impressive demolition of the Bombers, Geelong held off a rampaging Adelaide outfit to win 15.12(102)-11.9(75) on Saturday afternoon.
The Cats dominated the first half to kick nine goals and take a 33-point lead into the major break, but Adelaide wouldn't let them simply run away with the four points. A huge third quarter fight back allowed the Crows to break within two-points early in the fourth until Geelong’s resolve shone through to deliver the win.
It wasn't all great news for Geelong: Stevie Johnson lasted just three seconds before Scott Thompson's elbow knocked him out of the game (see below) and Joel Corey sat in the rooms for the entire second half. A bit of mystery surrounding his departure.
Joel Selwood and midfield counterpart James Kelly were fantastic with a combined 51 disposals while Tom Hawkins again provided the goods up forward with three goals. Paul Chapman also notched three of his own.
Adelaide kicked the game’s opening two goals but Hawkins provided Stokes with the easiest of tasks for Geelong’s first, their first of four straight.
Five more in the second, capped off by two from Hawkins and a ridiculous banana effort from Chapman in the quarter’s final seconds helped Geelong to their big halftime lead.
But when Callinan goaled against the tide midway through the third, the momentum turned in the visitor’s favour. They had struggled all day with the Geelong press that meant they were heavily outnumbered each time they went forward, but the Crows figured it out in the third to six five of the six goals.
Jason Porplyzia brought them within two minutes into the fourth, but Geelong controlled the ball and seriously limited Adelaide’s attacking opportunities as the rain came down.
Geelong now move up to sixth on the premiership table, but their run home looks to be a scary one. Hawthorn is up next week with West Coast and St Kilda in the weeks thereafter.
Scott Thompson, although not great with his accuracy (just 62% disposal efficiency), collected the ball a whopping 39 times while Patrick Dangerfield was at his best with 33 touches and two goals.
Top Supercoach performers:
Tom Hawkins 135
Patrick Dangerfield 133
Joel Selwood 126
James Kelly 111