Happy Chappy: Paul Chapman after a goal at the MCG on Friday night. Photo: Pat Scala
Geelong mounted one of its most spirited finals comebacks to overcome a relentless Port Adelaide and advance to a dream preliminary final against Hawthorn, but it is a victory likely to be at a cost, with Paul Chapman reported for a high bump and defender Jared Rivers troubled by an ankle injury.
The incident looked remarkably similar to Lance Franklin's bump, which led to the Hawthorn forward being suspended for two matches, reduced to one with his early guilty plea.
The Cats will also have a query over defender Rivers for next week after the Demons recruit was substituted out of the game with an ankle injury.
AFL Semi Final: Geelong v Port Adelaide
Geelong's Steven Motlop celebrates a goal with team mates. Photo: Pat Scala
The Cats overcame a 23-point half-time deficit after kicking just three goals for the first half and butchering the ball by foot. They overwhelmed Port in the third quarter and held on in the last when the Power surged right until the last minutes.
Chapman will struggle to escape at the Match Review Panel after the match-day report for the bump on Port's Robbie Gray after the forward had kicked the ball on the boundary line.
Chapman was slightly off the ground for the bump that was late and struck Gray to the head and down the middle and knocking him on his back.
The bump looked remarkably similar to the bump of Franklin on Nick Malceski a fortnight ago. Unlike Malceski, who went off the ground and later had scans for a broken jaw, Gray stayed on the ground.
Franklin's bump was deemed negligent - not reckless - medium impact and high contact.
Chapman will likewise hope to be assessed as negligent not reckless, with the contact certainly high and the further debate on the level of the impact.
Chapman had illustrated in the game how important he was to the Cats.
He booted the first two goals of the match, the first of the third quarter when they were kick-started into the game, and then another settler in the last quarter to be among the Cats' best.
A 30-point turn around in the third quarter inspired by Cats captain Joel Selwood, midfielders James Kelly, Mathew Stokes and Joel Corey, and forwards Steve Johnson and Chapman, flipped the game on its head.
Port's determined run to spread to space and stretch Geelong evaporated as the Cats hunted the ball and dominated the clearances.