Game Chat – Geelong v West Coast

Written by Father Dougal on April 28 2019

Where and when: GMHBA Stadium, Sunday April 28, 4.40pm AEST

Last time they met: Optus Stadium, round three, 2018: West Coast 14.11 (95) defeated Geelong 11.14 (80)

The Cats skipped 15 points clear at the 17-minute mark of the final term before the Eagles’ floodgate opened, kicking six goals in a blistering final 10 minutes. The Cats finished with three players on the bench through injury – Gary Ablett, Cameron Guthrie and Nakia Cockatoo.

What it means for Geelong: Another legitimate scalp. The Cats have knocked off three finalists from last year in the opening five rounds but beating the Eagles would prove they’re a proper contender.

What it means for West Coast: A chance for the midfield to respond. The Eagles have lost the contested possession count in all five games this season, including by 29 and 21 in their two losses. Ranked seventh for contested possession differential last year, the Eagles are 18th this season.

How Geelong wins: Quick ball movement into the front half. Port Adelaide provided the blueprint last week by keeping the Eagles’ interceptors out of the contest with a variety of forward entries.

How West Coast wins: Make the Geelong defenders defend. Hawthorn was able to do it for much of the first half on Easter Monday before wayward ball movement and slow entries allowed the Cats’ defensive structure to pick off entries at will.

The stat: Despite being ranked 14th in the competition for inside 50s, the Cats are the highest-scoring team after round five, averaging 97 points per game compared to the Eagles’ 76.4.

The match-up: Mark Hutchings v Patrick Dangerfield

The No.1 player in the Official AFL Player Ratings, Dangerfield has received attention from Matt de Boer and Daniel Howe in the past two weeks. With Hutchings’ usual target Joel Selwood playing more on a wing this season, expect Adam Simpson to send him Dangerfield’s way.

It’s a big week for: Nathan Vardy

Returns to his former home with a big task alongside Tom Hickey against Rhys Stanley. Vocal in the lead-up to last year’s Grand Final about the love he had received from the Eagles’ coaches in three seasons compared to seven years at the Cats. Time to put the talking into action.

Father Dougals’s Tip: Geelong by 20. Home field advantage will be too much

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43 thoughts on “Game Chat – Geelong v West Coast”

  1. NO LATE CHANGES

    FINAL INTERCHANGES
    Geelong: Zach Tuohy, Charlie Constable, Cam Guthrie, Gryan Miers
    West Coast: Dom Sheed, Oscar Allen, Jack Petruccelle, Tom Cole

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  2. If anyone was wondering Gibbons is back to his fwd pocket role so expect him to be back to 40 points today.

    Cripps getting the tag from Howe & he is butchering the ball + giving away free kicks, 100+ would be a good effort

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  3. I was secretly hoping Rotham would play, I traded him in as a punt. Tom Cole is a decent defender off the bench for the eagles.

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  4. SUPERCOACH

    G. Ablett 56
    A. Gaff 40
    G. Rohan 52
    J. McGovern 33
    E. Ratugolea 40
    T. Hickey 29
    S. Menegola 39
    S. Hurn 24
    T. Hawkins 38
    D. Sheed 23
    T. Kelly 28
    J. Kennedy 22
    L. Dahlhaus 27
    E. Yeo 22
    M. Duncan 26
    L. Duggan 20
    G. Miers 26
    D. Venables 15
    T. Stewart 23
    L. Shuey 14
    R. Stanley 22
    J. Petruccelle 13
    Z. Tuohy 22
    B. Sheppard 11
    C. Constable 22
    C. Masten 10
    M. Blicavs 18
    L. Ryan 8
    H. Taylor 17
    O. Allen 7
    J. Kolodjashnij 16
    M. Hutchings 5
    J. Selwood 11
    J. Brander 4
    C. Guthrie 10
    W. Schofield 3
    J. Henry 9
    J. Darling 0
    P. Dangerfield 9
    J. Cripps 0
    M. O’Connor 7
    L. Jetta -1
    T. Atkins 3
    T. Cole -3

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      1. Didn’t have enough bank to upgrade darling, so I went down to baker,230k in bank plus price rise and 84 points, mentioned on another thread , nice to have a little win occasionally.

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      2. Darling’s never been a premium tho
        2011 – 69.5
        2012 – 75.9
        2013 – 76.6
        2014 – 80.1
        2015 – 83.8
        2016 – 75.4
        2017 – 72.4
        2018 – 86.9

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  5. SUPERCOACH

    1/2 time 8.6.54 – 3.3.21

    G. Ablett 98
    T. Hickey 73
    T. Hawkins 71
    J. McGovern 58
    G. Rohan 65
    S. Hurn 57
    R. Stanley 55
    E. Yeo 52
    S. Menegola 53
    A. Gaff 47
    M. Duncan 51
    C. Masten 41
    T. Stewart 50
    J. Kennedy 39
    Z. Tuohy 47
    D. Sheed 38
    M. O’Connor 46
    B. Sheppard 29
    T. Kelly 46
    L. Duggan 28
    C. Constable 46
    D. Venables 25
    M. Blicavs 45
    J. Petruccelle 25
    E. Ratugolea 45
    L. Shuey 23
    J. Selwood 45
    L. Ryan 21
    G. Miers 44
    L. Jetta 19
    P. Dangerfield 36
    O. Allen 17
    H. Taylor 34
    J. Darling 12
    L. Dahlhaus 33
    M. Hutchings 12
    J. Kolodjashnij 31
    J. Cripps 11
    C. Guthrie 22
    W. Schofield 8
    J. Henry 17
    J. Brander 8
    T. Atkins 16
    T. Cole 4

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      1. Hurn has never averaged 100 prior to this year.
        Highest avg 96 in 2018 but looking great this year.
        Goes to show you can’t always look at History.
        Boak still going well btw Wighty

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  6. SUPERCOACH

    3Q time 12.11.83 – 5.3.33

    G. Ablett 128
    T. Hickey 114
    R. Stanley 103
    S. Hurn 97
    T. Hawkins 101
    E. Yeo 85
    G. Rohan 81
    J. McGovern 83
    J. Selwood 80
    A. Gaff 65
    M. Duncan 75
    J. Kennedy 61
    S. Menegola 74
    D. Sheed 59
    T. Kelly 73
    C. Masten 48
    E. Ratugolea 71
    B. Sheppard 46
    T. Stewart 67
    L. Duggan 45
    C. Constable 66
    L. Shuey 45
    M. O’Connor 65
    L. Jetta 30
    L. Dahlhaus 61
    D. Venables 29
    G. Miers 61
    J. Petruccelle 27
    M. Blicavs 59
    L. Ryan 24
    P. Dangerfield 58
    M. Hutchings 20
    Z. Tuohy 58
    O. Allen 20
    H. Taylor 54
    J. Darling 17
    J. Kolodjashnij 50
    J. Cripps 16
    J. Henry 48
    J. Brander 15
    C. Guthrie 47
    W. Schofield 12
    T. Atkins 26
    T. Cole 6

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  7. SUPERCOACH

    15.14.104 – 7.4.46

    G. Ablett 146
    T. Hickey 143
    R. Stanley 128
    S. Hurn 117
    T. Hawkins 117
    E. Yeo 113
    M. Duncan 113
    J. McGovern 109
    G. Rohan 109
    A. Gaff 78
    J. Selwood 98
    C. Masten 73
    T. Stewart 97
    D. Sheed 70
    P. Dangerfield 93
    J. Kennedy 64
    M. Blicavs 89
    B. Sheppard 59
    M. O’Connor 89
    L. Duggan 59
    T. Kelly 89
    L. Shuey 51
    G. Miers 89
    O. Allen 46
    H. Taylor 85
    J. Petruccelle 43
    S. Menegola 84
    L. Jetta 39
    C. Constable 80
    M. Hutchings 33
    Z. Tuohy 79
    J. Brander 33
    E. Ratugolea 77
    D. Venables 33
    L. Dahlhaus 74
    L. Ryan 30
    C. Guthrie 73
    J. Cripps 24
    J. Kolodjashnij 69
    J. Darling 21
    J. Henry 64
    W. Schofield 15
    T. Atkins 41
    T. Cole 11

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  8. The joy of sc,only in two leagues, first one opponent left out neales vc for cripps, had a win.
    Second one needed yeo to score under 113 to win , scored 113 after getting a couple of points for dinky handball that was last possession of the game, draw.
    No complaints could have easily lost both.

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