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Geelong
16.15.111
North Melbourne
13.13.91
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Geelong
North Melbourne
Q1
5.5.35
2.2.14

    Geelong Events

  • 5 mins - Goal, J.Selwood
  • 7 mins - Behind, D.Simpson
  • 8 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins
  • 12 mins - Behind, J.Selwood
  • 13 mins - Goal, J.Murdoch
  • 14 mins - Behind, S.Motlop
  • 16 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 21 mins - Goal, J.Stringer
  • 24 mins - Goal, M.Duncan
  • 26 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins

    Geelong and North Melbourne Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, L.Thomas
  • 18 mins - Behind, L.Thomas
  • 19 mins - Behind, A.Black
  • 29 mins - Goal, D.Petrie
Q2
10.9.69
5.4.34

    Geelong Events

  • 1 mins - Goal, J.Murdoch
  • 4 mins - Goal, C.Enright
  • 9 mins - Goal, G.Horlin-Smith
  • 14 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 20 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 21 mins - Behind, T.Hawkins
  • 23 mins - Behind, J.Selwood
  • 26 mins - Behind, J.Murdoch
  • 28 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins

    Geelong and North Melbourne Events

  • 5 mins - Goal, L.Thomas
  • 12 mins - Behind, B.Harvey
  • 16 mins - Goal, A.Black
  • 24 mins - Goal, R.Nahas
  • 29 mins - Behind, R.Nahas
Q3
13.14.92
9.8.62

    Geelong Events

  • 3 mins - Goal, T.Hawkins
  • 6 mins - Behind, C.Guthrie
  • 13 mins - Behind, J.Sheringham
  • 14 mins - Behind, J.Bartel
  • 17 mins - Goal, M.Duncan
  • 20 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 20 mins - Behind, J.Bartel
  • 26 mins - Goal, S.Motlop

    Geelong and North Melbourne Events

  • 4 mins - Rushed Behind
  • 7 mins - Behind, R.Bastinac
  • 8 mins - Behind, R.Bastinac
  • 10 mins - Goal, L.Thomas
  • 11 mins - Goal, J.Ziebell
  • 15 mins - Behind, A.Swallow
  • 25 mins - Goal, D.Petrie
  • 29 mins - Goal, R.Bastinac
Q4
16.15.111
13.13.91

    Geelong Events

  • 2 mins - Goal, J.Bartel
  • 5 mins - Goal, J.Bartel
  • 16 mins - Behind, T.Varcoe
  • 24 mins - Goal, M.Blicavs

    Geelong and North Melbourne Events

  • 4 mins - Behind, M.Daw
  • 8 mins - Goal, M.Daw
  • 11 mins - Goal, D.Petrie
  • 14 mins - Goal, R.Bastinac
  • 20 mins - Behind, R.Nahas
  • 20 mins - Behind, R.Nahas
  • 22 mins - Goal, R.Nahas
  • 25 mins - Behind, N.Dal Santo
  • 26 mins - Behind, L.Thomas

Scorers

Geelong
North Melbourne
Goal Scorers Geelong North Melbourne
Goals and Behinds Hawkins (4.3), Bartel (2.2), Murdoch (2.1), Duncan (2.0), Selwood (1.2), Motlop (1.1), Blicavs (1.0), Enright (1.0), Horlin-Smith (1.0), Stringer (1.0), Guthrie (0.1), Sheringham (0.1), Simpson (0.1), Varcoe (0.1) Thomas (3.2), Petrie (3.0), Nahas (2.3), Bastinac (2.2), Black (1.1), Daw (1.1), Ziebell (1.0), Dal Santo (0.1), Harvey (0.1), Swallow (0.1)

Team Statistics

Geelong
North Melbourne

Statistics

Geelong North Melbourne
Goals 16 13
Behinds 15 13
Scoring shots 30 29
Goals/scoring shots 53 45
Disposals 391 362
GeelongGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
J.Bartel 32 23 9 9 14 7 2 1 0 3
J.Bews 8 3 1 5 2 4 0 0 0 0
M.Blicavs 9 6 1 3 5 2 0 0 0 0
M.Duncan 19 8 6 11 8 3 1 1 0 1
C.Enright 19 9 2 10 7 5 1 0 0 2
C.Guthrie 22 9 2 13 10 8 1 1 0 4
T.Hawkins 17 12 7 5 14 3 3 3 0 0
G.Horlin-Smith 21 12 5 9 7 3 2 1 0 4
J.Kelly 33 16 10 17 9 6 1 2 0 3
T.Lonergan 4 1 2 3 1 0 1 1 0 0
A.Mackie 27 17 9 10 6 5 0 1 0 0
H.McIntosh 16 7 5 9 8 7 3 0 7 0
S.Motlop 21 13 4 8 3 0 0 1 0 0
J.Murdoch 14 9 4 5 5 2 1 0 0 0
J.Rivers 14 4 3 10 7 0 0 1 0 0
J.Selwood 26 17 6 9 8 2 2 3 0 1
J.Sheringham 11 6 3 5 2 5 1 2 0 0
D.Simpson 7 1 0 6 4 3 0 2 21 1
M.Stokes 28 17 3 11 10 3 2 0 0 4
J.Stringer 11 8 3 3 4 4 0 0 0 0
H.Taylor 13 8 4 5 5 2 0 2 0 0
T.Varcoe 19 7 4 12 7 3 1 0 0 2
North MelbourneGoal Scorers
Players D K M H CP T FF FA HO CL
L.Adams 21 10 5 11 7 3 1 1 0 1
S.Atley 19 10 5 9 3 2 0 0 0 0
R.Bastinac 15 11 2 4 7 3 0 2 0 3
A.Black 6 4 3 2 3 2 1 0 0 0
B.Cunnington 15 9 3 6 9 2 0 1 0 5
N.Dal Santo 27 16 1 11 9 3 2 0 1 3
M.Daw 9 4 2 5 7 3 0 1 6 1
M.Firrito 18 10 3 8 8 1 3 0 0 0
S.Gibson 19 13 5 6 2 1 0 1 0 2
T.Goldstein 10 1 3 9 6 3 0 1 29 1
L.Greenwood 33 22 8 11 18 8 2 0 0 9
L.Hansen 14 7 6 7 7 1 3 0 0 0
B.Harvey 33 15 2 18 11 3 2 0 0 5
L.McDonald 13 7 5 6 5 1 2 1 0 0
R.Nahas 15 9 4 6 6 3 1 2 0 0
D.Petrie 9 6 4 3 7 2 1 2 0 0
A.Swallow 15 7 4 8 7 7 0 2 0 2
L.Thomas 11 8 2 3 2 1 1 1 0 0
S.Thompson 17 9 5 8 6 1 2 3 0 0
J.Tippett 6 5 3 1 2 2 0 1 0 0
S.Wright 10 5 0 5 1 1 0 2 0 1
J.Ziebell 27 20 4 7 12 5 1 1 0 5

Match Details

Geelong
North Melbourne
START TIME
7:50PM
WEATHER
Passing Clouds. Cool
VENUE
Simonds Stadium
Umpires
Jason Armstrong, Chris Donlon, Matt Stevic

Cats put Roos away early, then coast home

GEELONG 5.5 10.9 13.14 16.15 (111) NORTH MELBOURNE 2.2 5.4 9.8 13.13 (91)
Goals: Geelong: T Hawkins 4 J Bartel 2 J Murdoch 2 M Duncan 2 C Enright G Horlin-Smith J Selwood J Stringer M Blicavs S Motlop. North Melbourne: D Petrie 3 L Thomas 3 R Bastinac 2 R Nahas 2 A Black J Ziebell M Daw.
BEST Geelong: Hawkins, Kelly, Bartel, Guthrie, Stokes, Motlop. North Melbourne: Greenwood, Harvey, Ziebell, Thomas, Bastinac.
INJURIES Geelong: Lonergan (concussion). North Melbourne: Tippett (shoulder).
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Matt Stevic, Jason Armstrong.
Official Crowd: 27,402 at Simonds Stadium.

Geelong came into this game off a six-day break from a fruitless trip to Perth, having lost two of its last three games and with another short week looming before taking on the in-form Swans at the SCG. Defeat stood to make mid-season life uncommonly awkward for the Cats.

Tough battle: Cat Tom Lonergan was forced off with concussion after this clash with Leigh Adams.
Tough battle: Cat Tom Lonergan was forced off with concussion after this clash with Leigh Adams. Photo: Getty Images

Any pre-game jitters among fans harbouring dark thoughts were banished by quarter-time, at which point North Melbourne trailed by only 21 points but was so ominously and distantly in arrears to both the naked and statistical eye that recovery was a long-odds proposition.

The damage in the end was only 20, but even as the Kangaroos won the second half and drew to within 16 points with time left to pinch it in the last, it felt like they were in the contest in theory for far longer than reality. Fittingly, Tom Hawkins crowned a hulking night by finding Mark Blicavs to make it safe.

There is little Geelong's cherished veterans haven't done, so a first Friday night game at Simonds Stadium was cause for celebration. Jimmy Bartel and James Kelly marked it with a retro flourish, leaving their mature-aged roles behind, returning to the centre square and winning 23 first-quarter possessions between them, 40 to half-time and 65 for the night.

Kelly drifted back to play loose and mop up before surging forward seemingly without a care in the world, and at 30 is purring towards 250 games in irresistible form. Bartel likewise seems to be getting better still from an even higher base, and even a shuddering head clash with Luke McDonald only served to energise him.

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By contrast, Andrew Swallow didn't touch the ball until the game's 23rd minute, was promptly penalised for a throw, and kicked his only other first-term possession straight to Bartel. Nick Dal Santo had a solitary kick for the quarter, Michael Firrito didn't get a touch.

Up forward Hawkins absorbed Scott Thompson's regulation level of attention with aplomb, keeping his feet in the contest like a mighty oak and shrugging off anyone who came to the North full-back's aid. The second-quarter goal he provided for George Horlin-Smith was unstoppable in a fashion that would have key defenders waking in fright, and his own goalkicking was clinical.

The clearly-hampered, stilted Hawkins of 2013 has been replaced by a forward line force who finished the night with four and a share of the Coleman Medal lead. On current form he'd be a worthy winner.

Belted by Fremantle in contested possessions, the Cats turned that most prized category around for a plus-three advantage. Joel Selwood, a virtual lone hand against the Dockers, had the luxury of spending time up forward and watching others get their hands dirty.

He'd have been especially pleased with what he saw in the clinches from Cameron Guthrie, who continues to stand out in elite company. Mitch Duncan and in bursts Jackson Sheringham, Jordan Murdoch and Jesse Stringer did enough to ensure Steve Johnson's absence wasn't critical.

When Andrew Mackie's errant pass from full-back gifted Jack Ziebell a goal midway through the third, it was the first time North had kicked two in a row and had a sliver of hope. But Hawkins soon controlled the traffic around him and carved a path for Duncan to swoop and restore the advantage.

Yet with Levi Greenwood slogging away, Brent Harvey getting plenty of it and Drew Petrie and Lindsay Thomas making the most of limited opportunities up forward, the Roos clung on. Majak Daw, Petrie and Ryan Bastinac, who injected life as the sub, all goaled after Bartel's double at the start of the last term to make it far more interesting than it should have been.

The Cats lost Tom Lonergan in the second quarter to concussion, which allowed Blicavs to try his hand as a key defender on Daw and at times Petrie. North's substitution was more dire, Joel Tippett suffering what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury while laying a tackle.

It was the most painful thing that went wrong on Friday night, but not the only one.