FULL TIME - GEELONG 11.19 (85) FREMANTLE 7.2 (44)
GOALS: Geelong: Hawkins 2, Motlop 2, Bartel, Murdoch, Podsiadly, Corey, Hunt, Simpson. Fremantle: Walters 3, Mayne, Mzungu, Sheridan, Taberner.
BEST: Geelong: Christensen, Bartel, Enright, Corey, Taylor, Stokes. Fremantle: Fyfe, D Pearce, Clarke.
INJURIES: Geelong: J Hunt (calf). Fremantle: Duffield (calf).
UMPIRES: Shane Stewart, Mathew Nicholls, Simon Merideth.
Dockers get a quick reply through Michael Walters, his third. 11.19 (85) to 7.2 (44). Less than a minute to go in this game.
Joel Corey kicks his second for the night. Cats lead 11.19 (85) to 6.2 (38).
Going to be a fascinating end to the season. Currently Richmond, Port and Collingwood are in the eight with eight wins but none are safe yet. Outside it lurks Carlton and West Coast and Adelaide on six wins apiece. Adelaide will struggle to make it for mine but the Blues and Eagles could.
Dawson Simpson hits back with Geelong's 10th goal and his first in AFL. Cats lead 10.19 (79) to 6.2 (38), Q4 20MINS.
Chris Mayne is the luckiest man in AFL (besides Jobe if he gets to keep his Brownlow)... Mayne marked the ball 10m from goal, played on but fell over and the ump said he didn't play on and called him back to have a shot. Mayne got the goal, Freo's sixth. Junk time. Cats lead 9.19 (73) to 6.2 (38), Q4 17MINS.
Christensen has now out-scored his record best with 32 touches and he's still going!!! He has beaten his career best of 29!! #AFLCatsFreo — Geelong Cats (@GeelongCats) June 29, 2013
Dockers have made it inside 50 for the first time this term. Matt Taberner kicks the goal. Geelong leads 9.19 (73) to 5.2 (32), Q4 13MINS.
Cats have Hawthorn next Saturday night at the MCG in what could be a GF preview and will certainly be one of the games of the season. Dockers host St Kilda.
Jordan Murdoch behind. Looked like a goal off the boot but just missed. Cats trying for 20 behinds. They lead 73-26, Q4 11mins.
Another behind to Geelong. This time it's James Kelly's turn. Cats lead 72-26, Q4 9mins.
Firetrucks at Simmonds stadium due to pie warmer catching fire in premiership stand. 5 trucks arrived! All good now #AFLCatsFreo — Brett Thomas (@BrettT_SEN) June 29, 2013
Jordan Murdoch, wonderful snap on his left, kicks an excellent goal. Cats lead 9.16 (70) to 4.2 (26), Q4 6MINS.
Motlop kicks the first goal of the last term and extends their lead to 8.16 (64) to 4.2 (26), Q4 2MINS
A win tonight, and they will win, will take Geelong to second place, equal on points with Hawthorn on 44 pts. Hawks play Lions tomorrow.
Ross Lyon not happy with some of the Geelong spectators. He has sent security into the stands to have a word.
One inside 50 for the quarter to Freo. Bit of a role reversal going on! #aflcatsfreo — Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) June 29, 2013
THREE QUARTER-TIME: GEELONG 7.16 (58) FREMANTLE 4.2 (26)
GOALS: CATS: Hawkins 2, Podisadly, Motlop, Bartel, T Hunt, Corey. DOCKERS: Walters 2, Mzungu, Sheridan.
Just one inside 50 for the term to the Dockers!
Allen Christensen makes it Geelong's 18th behind. They've booted 2.9 for the term. Cats lead 58-26, Q3 28mins.
Guthrie takes Geelong inside 50 for the 15th time this term (Freo has been inside once) but again misses. It's their 15th behind.
Fair to say there is not a lot of love for Ryan Crowley on the Twitter feed. Meanwhile, Dees lead by 32 points at the MCG, 20 mins into Q3.
Cats lead 56-26 but should lead by 10 goals. They have been really wasteful this term. Josh Hunt has been subbed off. Jordan Murdoch on.
Ryan Crowley coming off and he gets a spray from the Cats' faithful.
Duncan's scrubber kick inside 50 finds Mat Stokes. His shot at goal is off-target. Cats lead 55-26. As I type, Kelly has a quick shot but misses too. Make that 56-26, Q3 20mins.
James Podsiadly cleverly spots up Dawson Simpson and the big fella is within range. He goes back and sprays it. Fails to score.
Chris Mayne getting some attention on his left calf on the boundary. Duffield has already been subbed off with a calf injury. Dockers in the wars!
Joel Corey takes an uncharacteristic speccy 15m out from goal. He converts the goal. Cats advance to 7.10 (52) to 4.2 (26), Q3 14MINS.
Taylor Hunt gets goal no.6 for Geelong. He ran off Stephen Hill and was inside 50 on his own. Selwood was able to find him in space and Hunt kicked the goal to extend the lead 6.10 (46) to 4.2 (26), Q2 11MINS
Another behind to the Cats. Dockers defenders get back and punch it through. Cats lead 40-26, Q3 10mins. Cats have dominated play this term but haven't capitalised.
Bartel has started the third term extremely well. Look for him to have an impact in the second half.
Christensen lines up for goal outside 50 but decides to handpass to Bartel at the last minute. Bartel's shot goes close but is punched through for a behind. Cats lead 39-26, Q3 5mins.
Christensen quick snap is a behind. Cats lead 5.8 (38) to 4.2 (26), Q3 2 mins.
Third term underway. Cats go forward first through Kelly. Ball out of play in the forward pocket.
Motlop, Selwood and Stokes all relatively quiet, just 7 touches. Bartel 8 and a goal. Cats need their big guns to step up.
Gee Zac Clarke is fast becoming a real good player #AFLCatsFreo #strongoverhead — Spider Burton (@spidermcburton) June 29, 2013
HALF-TIME: GEELONG 5.7 (37) FREMANTLE 4.2 (26)
GOALS: CATS: Hawkins 2, Podisadly, Motlop, Bartel. DOCKERS: Walters 2, Mzungu, Sheridan.
Allen Christensen leading the Cats' ball-getters with 17 disposals; Danyle Pearce is the leading ball getter for Freo with 17 also.
Bartel snap is a behind. Cats lead 37-26 with 18 seconds left in the term.
Duffield has been subbed off with a calf injury. Viv Michie on for his first run in AFL. Johnson looking proppy on the boundary line.
Clancee Pearce, pushing off halfback, marks on half forward and dishes off a handpass to Walters who slams home his second goal and cut the margin to 10 points. Cats lead 5.6 (36) to 4.2 (26), Q2 23MINS.
Injury concerns over Michael Johnson. Will bring news as it comes to hand.
Enright to Motlop and the diminutive forward will line up for goal. He'll need to kick it 50m. He does and it's a tremendous goal, his first for the night. Boy, did Geelong need that one. Cats lead 5.6 (36) to 3.2 (20), Q2 17 MINS.
Michael Walters gets a free on the wing then 50m penalty, which brings him within range. He kicks the goal. Cats lead 4.6 (30) to 3.2 (20), Q2 15MINS.
Mat Stokes marks 40m out. His shot at goal is short. Podsiadly crumbs and goals. Cats lead 4.6 (30) to 2.2 (14), Q2 13MINS.
Cats have kicked 1.5 and an out of bounds on full since 13 min mark of first term. Will it cost them? Meanwhile Mzungu marks 20m out and kicks the goal. Cats lead 3.6 (24) to 2.2 (14), Q2 11MINS.
Tom Sheridan kicks Fremantle's first goal against the run of play. Cats still lead 3.6 (24) to 1.2 (8), Q2 8MINS. Sheridan's first goal in AFL.
Harry Taylor up to six marks and 11 disposals already. Elite player.
Josh Caddy marks inside 50. Rushes his short on goal. Misses as a result. Cats lead 24-2, Q2 5MINS.
Geelong's first score of the term comes through Tom Lonergan. Cats lead 23-2, Q2 4MINS.
QUARTER-TIME: GEELONG 3.4 (22) FREMANTLE 0.2 (2)
Goals: Geelong: Hawkins 2, Bartel 1.
Only thing of note for the Dockers: Ryan Crowley is wearing ridiculous sweatbands on his wrist.
Kick in is intercepted by Stokes. He has a quick snap shot at goal but misses. Cats by 22-2.
Selwood takes a chest mark 40m out. His shot at goal misses to the right. Cats still lead 3.3 (21) to 0.2 (2).
Zac Dawson infringes and gives away a free then foolishly gives the ump a mouthful and it's 50. Hawkins kicks the easiest of goals to give Geelong a 3.2 (20) to 0.2 (2) lead, 24mins into the first term.
Stokes has had eight disposals and starting to cause Ross Lyon a few headaches.
Selwood quiet, just the three disposals in 21 mins of footy. Crowley has had four. The latter on top so far.
A lot of punters on the Twitter feed suggesting that Dawson might be having a little holiday.
Zac Dawson has hit Mathew Stokes high. MVP may look at that. Meanwhile, Hawkins has a shot scores a behind. Cats lead 14-2, Q1 16mins.
Goal to Jimmy Bartel, Cats' second. Ball came in to Tom Hawkins, who couldn't mark but he crumbed it down and Bartel was there to do the rest. Q1 14 MINS CATS 2.1 (13) DOCKERS 0.2 (2)
Joel Selwood off with a cut under his right eye. Nothing serious. Will be back shortly.
Podsiadly gathers on 50m but his kick forward is errant. Out of bounds in the pocket.
50-metre penalty given to Michael Johnson. Didn't see who it was against. Cats udefence under pressure, but only momentarily. They have turned defence into attack like they do so often.
Good build-up for Geelong leads to a point, off hands. They went coast to coast and looked so impressive but weren't able to finish. Cats lead 7-2, Q1 10MINS.
Dan Pearce has a snap shot at goal but misses. One behind only. Cats lead 6-2, Q1 9MINS.
Fyfe on Bartel. Bartel in the long sleeves. Ball is deep in Cats' defence.
Fremantle's first score of the night is a behind, off hands for a rushed behind. Cats lead 6-1, Q1 7MINS.
Crowley, who was accused of pinching Brent Harvey last week, is on Selwood. Will be an intriguing match-up.
Tom Hawkins gathers the ball in the middle, runs to 60 and kicks to open forward line where there is no one present. Ball dribbles through for a goal. Q1 4MINS CATS 1.0 (0) DOCKERS 0.0 (0)
Stokes nearly has his head ripped off by De Boer. Free given. He passes short to Christensen. His kick at goal is terrible. Marked in defence by Dockers.
Cats go forward first but Ibbotson applies an effective tackle to Steve Motlop. Ump says holding the ball. Dockers have it...
After a big morning of training, my fatigue has rubbed off on all! Time to spruce up & watch @Fremantle_FC pic.twitter.com/2UjHAJUYlz — Matthew Pavlich (@mattpav29) June 29, 2013
I understand the rules but felt the contact was unavoidable once i pressed up 2 tackle..I'm very disappointed but not surprised with result! — steve johnson (@Steviejohnson20) June 25, 2013
Cats miss Steve Johnson who is out for two matches after his high bump on Lion Pearce Hanley. He tweeted about the bump during the week.
No Pav, Sandilands, Barlow, Mundy and Lee Spurr (who has had a super season) all out. Does anyone give the Dockers a chance? They haven't won at Simonds since Rd 10 2005. Then again, not many teams have recently.
Cats have an incredible record at home, winning 43 of past 45 at Simonds.
Benches: Cats: Mackie, Kelly, Stringer, Murdoch (sub)
Dockers: Sheridan, Crozier, Hill, Michie (sub)
A late change to the Dockers. Out: Lee Spurr, who is replaced by debutant Viv Michie.