Game Chat – Geelong v GWS

Written by Motts on April 13 2019

Where and when: GMHBA Stadium, Saturday April 13, 1.45pm AEST

Last time they met: Kardinia Park, round seven, 2018: Geelong 14.9 (93) defeated Greater Western Sydney 4.8 (32).

The Cats held the visitors to just two goals to the final break, en route to a comfortable victory. Tom Hawkins kicked four goals, while first-year midfielder Tim Kelly (30 touches) continued a brilliant start to his career. The wasteful Giants played into the Cats’ hands as Tom Stewart and Mark Blicavs dominated in defence.

What it means for Geelong: Taking another contender’s scalp. A 3-0 start to the season looks strong, but extending their unbeaten record ahead of games against Hawthorn and West Coast would provide a platform for a genuine flag tilt.

What it means for GWS: Proving themselves on the road. Despite varying away success last season, the Giants have now lost their last three on the road against contenders Melbourne, Collingwood and West Coast. Yet to win in Geelong from four attempts.

How Geelong wins: The Cats’ blistering start to the season has come as the No.2 ranked contested ball side in the competition. If they continue that against the 14th-ranked Giants, it will go a long way towards moving to 4-0.

How GWS wins: By moving the ball quick. Last week against Richmond, Jeremy Cameron and Jeremy Finlayson combined for 12 majors off the back of fluent ball movement. If the Giants get stuck going slow and long against the Cats’ defence they’ll be in for a tough night at the office.

The stat: The cohesion of the Giants’ attack of Jeremy Cameron, Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Finlayson has them ranked No.3 in the competition for marks inside 50.

The match-up: Mark Blicavs v Jeremy Cameron

Cameron’s bag of seven last week saw him rocket up the Schick AFL Ratings board to now be the eighth-ranked key forward in the competition. Cameron, who has kicked just five goals in three matches in Geelong, comes up against the No.4-ranked key defender in the game in what shapes as a pivotal battle.

It’s a big week for: Shane Mumford

Returns to his old stamping ground with the Giants’ midfield under his control. In his first game since 2017 Mumford split the honours with Tiger Toby Nankervis last week – despite all of his 14 disposals coming as handballs. This week presents a different challenge against the more agile Rhys Stanley.

Big call: Esava Ratugolea to break free of his early season shackles with a dominant display in attack – five contested marks and three goals.

Prediction: Geelong by 20 points

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38 thoughts on “Game Chat – Geelong v GWS”

    1. You have until next week to check Mummy before his price rise. But so far it still looks like Gawn and Grundy, to go R2 and R1 so you are running the risk of wasting a trade. Is it really worth it?


    2. Don’t be sleeping on Stanley 😉 improving every game and covers the ground extremely well.

      Also what Jeannot said !


    1. Copped the De Boer tag. I actually think it would’ve been better if he missed! Will score like a rookie today and lose value. Good for those that don’t have him though.



    Geelong: Jordan Clark, Charlie Constable, Sam Menegola, Gryan Miers
    Greater Western Sydney: Callan Ward, Brent Daniels, Daniel Lloyd, Adam Kennedy


  2. Bloody hell im gunna end up sun burnt. Would’ve put the house on it that I didn’t need sun screen today at the footy.


  3. Have to feel bad for Ward, seeing him on the bench, head in his hands, just know it will be the worse. It’s a horrible feeling witnessing that 🙁


  4. Why are the umpires calling play on when kicking around the corner as soon as they take a step. The player kicking isn’t going over the mark as he’s given himself the space he’s allowed but the umpires call play on after a single step and they haven’t even got to the man in the mark. Not the only rule that confuses me.


    1. Calling play on is also the signal for another field umpire to take over coz the ball may have gone out of viewing control.
      Another thing to watch is when they say ‘all clear’.
      Two hands up mean they are indicating they think it’s a goal, one hand up means they are indicating they think it’s a behind. A goal umpire has to stand at attention to indicate he thinks there is a score, so a field umpire calls all clear to signal a hand over to the goal umpire to make the call. That’s when an all clear is called with both hands down. Any discrepancies is when they go for a chat to verify.
      When a goal umpire is patting himself on the chest, that’s an indication to the boundary umpires to stop running it’s a behind. He also indicates to them with hand up it’s on the full and hand down when out of bounce. Umpires are trained to emphasis the calls, hence the over acting sometimes.
      Hope that helps answer some often confusing situations.
      …….and yes I was an umpire, white maggot, and a few other descriptions, as well as a junior coach, and retired just after the two umpire system was becoming compulsory.
      Cheers Guys


  5. Hoping Danger, Clark and Williams can have big last quarters and reach 100, 50 and 80 respectively.


  6. Good game of footy at three quarter time – Cats by 1!!
    Geelong Cats: 10.8.68
    Tom Hawkins 106
    Gary Ablett jnr 91
    Rhys Stanley 78
    Tom Stewart 77
    Mitch Duncan 75
    Brandan Parfitt 66
    Joel Selwood 66
    Mark Blicavs 66
    P. Dangerfield* 60
    Charlie Constable 55
    Mark O’Connor 55
    Gryan Miers 55
    Tom Atkins 48
    Esava Ratugolea 45
    Harry Taylor 43
    Gary Rohan 37
    Jake Kolodjashnij 36
    Luke Dahlhaus 36
    Jordan Clark 35
    Sam Menegola 32
    Tim Kelly 30
    Jack Henry 28

    Western Sydney Giants: 10.7.67
    Lachie Whitfield 110
    Jacob Hopper 100
    Tim Taranto 96
    Stephen Coniglio 85
    Josh Kelly 73
    Jeremy Cameron 69
    Shane Mumford 63
    Phil Davis 60
    Daniel Lloyd 59
    Jeremy Finlayson 58
    Adam Tomlinson 57
    Matthew de Boer 56
    Nick Haynes 54
    Heath Shaw 53
    Brent Daniels 52
    Zac Williams 50
    H. Himmelberg 48
    Adam Kennedy 47
    Sam Taylor 45
    Sam J. Reid 37
    Matthew Buntine 23
    Callan Ward 6


  7. My fwd line in going to struggle to crack 300 this week, and I’m only fielding 2 rookies.
    But it’s been solid so far.
    Whitfield a must next week.


    1. Despite obviously wanting to, I don’t see a way for me to get Whitfield in.

      How are going to make that happen, TOF?


  8. Sorry guys I forgot to mention my stepson-in-law took Dangerfield and dumped Hawkins in Tech League.
    Luckily he couldn’t make a decision on who to dump Scott for and spend his remaining 650k on.
    ….and yes,…..Heeney, Grundy, Neale and Whitfield were all the contenders, but he was so indecisive he was advised to hold.
    He’s having divorce papers printed as we speak…….


  9. Oops, got distracted by the chin waggin forgot to tell ‘im to move the capt. from Scott to Rocky……ahhh well, Yo-Yo will have to do.


    1. Hey Wighty
      That’s why you can’t always use stats and rely on history and why I went Boak over Kelly this week. Same score as Kelly early in early stages 2 Nd qtr

      Long season though and you could still prove to be right


  10. Kelly was clearly impaired by his injured for the record. Was limping around alot of the game and had no explosive pace.

    Realistically should not have played. Disappointing game from 3/4 of the Geelong team today just an off week.



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