Geelong solidified their finals position by smashing St Kilda 18.15.(123)-11.15.(81) on Friday. A week after leaving the game with a concussion, Tom Hawkins came up big during Friday night football to boot six goals and effectively end St Kilda's season.
The Saints have now played 20 games for 40 premiership points and although their remaining two games (GWS and Carlton) aren’t the toughest, it seems highly unlikely they’ll be able to compete with Fremantle and Essendon for final spot in the eight.
James Kelly was again great despite being unspectacular and registered a team-high 27 disposals. Mitch Duncan and Matthew Stokes had their moments while Motlop, Hunt, Podsiadly and West each booted two goals apiece to share the scoring load with Hawkins.
Geelong got off to a hot start with Taylor Hunt kicking two goals in the opening two minutes. Two more to Hawkins saw them go ahead with a nice lead until Joel Selwood gave away an undisciplined free near the end of the quarter, allowing Saad to kick the Saints second.
Stevie Milne needed less than 30 seconds to kick his second before Saad kicked a highlight goal when he beat Scarlett one on one before dribbling through an amazing goal from a tough angle in the pocket. It wasn’t enough as Geelong used a five goal to two second quarter to increase the lead to 35 heading into the major break.
Led by the likes of Dal Santo and Goddard, the Saints began their comeback early in the second half. Schneider came on as the sub and provided energy while Milne added his fourth in a three goals to nil term.
Saad opened the second with a major from a set shot and Schneider followed it up seconds later after a quick clearance courtesy of Jack Stevens, bringing the Saints within a single point. That was the end of the comeback however as Hawkins booted a couple more to help the Cats run away 42-point winners.