Game Chat – Geelong v Melbourne

Written by Thommo on March 30 2019

Where and when: GMHBA Stadium, Saturday, March 30, 7.25pm AEDT

Last time they met: MCG, elimination final, 2018: Melbourne 10.15 (75) def Geelong 6.10 (46)

Kicking five unanswered goals in the opening term, the Demons recorded a finals victory for the first time in 12 seasons. Young spearhead Sam Weideman delivered a career-best game with three goals as the midfield led by Clayton Oliver and Angus Brayshaw ran amok.

What it means for Geelong: Redemption for last year’s finals crushing. Following a night they were made to look slow with no avenues to goal, the Cats will be out to prove that last week’s win over Collingwood was more than just a flash in the pan.

What it means for Melbourne: Avoiding a 0-2 start. With co-captains Jack Viney and Nathan Jones well down on their usual output in last week’s loss to Port Adelaide, they’ll be keen to make amends and get the top-four hunt back to even pegging.

How Geelong wins: Taking Max Gawn out of the contest. Port Adelaide gave an insight last week with the Scott Lycett/Paddy Ryder combo and now the task will fall on Rhys Stanley and Esava Ratugolea. Limiting Gawn’s influence will ensure the midfield stars go hungry.

How Melbourne wins: Get its midfield game back up and running. From year’s elimination final to round one, the midfielder appeared a totally different unit. Port Adelaide completely ran the Demons off their feet

The stat: Patrick Dangerfield and Tim Kelly (17 each) attended the most centre bounces for Cats midfielders last week, while Joel Selwood (six) and Gary Ablett (one) were well below last year’s averages.

The match-up: Tom Hawkins v Steven May

Fresh off kicking his 500th career goal, Hawkins takes on Melbourne’s returning prized recruit. In the absence of Jake Lever, May is the Demons’ highest-ranked key defender in the AFL Player Ratings.

It’s a big week for: Max Gawn

Admitted last week he wasn’t able to stand up to what Lycett and Ryder delivered physically at the MCG. Now he meets Stanley after last year having the better of Geelong second-string big man Ryan Abbott in the elimination final.

Thommo’s Tip: Geelong by 6 points.

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30 thoughts on “Game Chat – Geelong v Melbourne”

  1. Oliver already made his score from last week in a half of footy. Looking to repay us coaches by going big. Same goes for Danger


    Q time

    P. Dangerfield 83
    C. Oliver 78
    T. Hawkins 65
    A. Brayshaw 68
    L. Dahlhaus 60
    M. Gawn 61
    M. Duncan 58
    J. Harmes 54
    J. Selwood 55
    J. Viney 52
    T. Stewart 53
    C. Petracca 45
    J. Kolodjashnij 53
    J. Melksham 39
    T. Kelly 50
    B. Fritsch 37
    C. Constable 46
    S. Weideman 35
    G. Miers 45
    S. Frost 28
    H. Taylor 44
    O. McDonald 27
    M. O’Connor 43
    A. Neal-Bullen 27
    M. Blicavs 36
    C. Salem 26
    B. Parfitt 35
    T. McDonald 24
    S. Menegola 28
    N. Jones 23
    R. Stanley 26
    T. Sparrow 22
    T. Atkins 25
    M. Hibberd 22
    G. Ablett 24
    J. Lockhart 22
    J. Henry 21
    K. Kolodjashnij 19
    E. Ratugolea 19
    S. May 16
    G. Rohan 16
    J. Hunt 13
    J. Clark 13
    N. Jetta 10


  3. Things returning to the mean. I mean it’s more like what we’d expect. You know what I mean!

    On another point. I don’t own him, but Angus Brayshaw is going to be a star … if he isn’t already. It’s hard to tell watching on telly but it looks like he is everywhere. I’d expect it when they’re in transition, but he’s there when Geelong are in possession too. Great signs!


      1. Yeah but … I was actually referring to Danger, Oliver and Gawn coming back to what we’d expect.

        On another point, I can’t work it out. Are MEL underdone and/or are the Cats looking good?


  4. 3Q time

    P. Dangerfield 111
    C. Oliver 102
    T. Stewart 99
    A. Brayshaw 93
    J. Selwood 88
    M. Gawn 91
    T. Kelly 87
    J. Viney 74
    L. Dahlhaus 85
    C. Petracca 67
    T. Hawkins 85
    J. Harmes 67
    M. Duncan 82
    S. Weideman 64
    J. Kolodjashnij 71
    B. Fritsch 63
    B. Parfitt 68
    C. Salem 57
    G. Miers 63
    J. Melksham 49
    C. Constable 58
    N. Jones 43
    M. O’Connor 56
    O. McDonald 39
    H. Taylor 56
    S. Frost 38
    M. Blicavs 49
    T. McDonald 38
    G. Ablett 47
    A. Neal-Bullen 37
    S. Menegola 42
    M. Hibberd 37
    J. Clark 39
    N. Jetta 33
    R. Stanley 38
    J. Hunt 28
    T. Atkins 38
    T. Sparrow 28
    E. Ratugolea 37
    K. Kolodjashnij 3
    G. Rohan 35
    J. Lockhart 23
    J. Henry 23
    S. May 21


  5. For the Tech team I had a choice of TMac or Hawkins to trade to bring in Grundy. Chose Mcdonald and week 1 it is paying off. Let’s hope this is a recurring theme


    1. heeney will play every game , should beat up on some weaker teams , big call , ill be lookn to bring heeney in at some stage


  6. F T

    P. Dangerfield 151
    C. Oliver 139
    T. Stewart 120
    A. Brayshaw 123
    T. Kelly 115
    M. Gawn 118
    T. Hawkins 113
    J. Viney 109
    M. Duncan 115
    J. Harmes 107
    J. Selwood 103
    C. Petracca 84
    L. Dahlhaus 102
    B. Fritsch 80
    J. Kolodjashnij 87
    C. Salem 74
    B. Parfitt 86
    S. Weideman 71
    C. Constable 85
    J. Melksham 68
    G. Miers 84
    N. Jones 65
    H. Taylor 71
    O. McDonald 54
    S. Menegola 71
    M. Hibberd 51
    M. O’Connor 68
    T. McDonald 49
    M. Blicavs 64
    S. Frost 48
    J. Clark 64
    A. Neal-Bullen 44
    G. Ablett 64
    N. Jetta 62
    G. Rohan 63
    J. Hunt 39
    R. Stanley 58
    T. Sparrow 34
    T. Atkins 54
    J. Lockhart 30
    E. Ratugolea 50
    K. Kolodjashnij 27
    J. Henry 27
    S. May 24


  7. Dahlhaus ($418,300)
    Rd 1 – 102 points
    Rd 2 – 102 points

    if he keeps this up could be a potential upgrade target.


  8. Geelong make it look like an absolute training drill. Danger as C, Kelly very good also. And Gawn and Oliver amazing for supercoach without being overly influential on the game. Happy days ☺️


    1. He’s a rollercoaster! Hold on and enjoy the ride, probable go 140 next week followed by another 70 and so on. Sam ‘Brent Stanton’ menegola.
      I’d you were expecting an even 100 every week he was a bad choice, but if you wanted a fwd with a good ceiling he is fine.



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