Game Chat – EF1: Melbourne vs Geelong

Written by Thommo on September 7 2018

WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Friday September 7, 7.50pm AEST

SUMMARY

The MCG will be buzzing for Melbourne’s first final in 12 years, with the Demons going into September in strong form after consecutive wins over fellow finals combatants West Coast (17 points) and Greater Western Sydney (45 points). Geelong has had a more cushy run into finals with back-to-back hammerings of Fremantle (133 points) and Gold Coast (102 points), giving the Cats important momentum going into their third consecutive finals campaign. If their home and away season battles are any guide, you can expect another close tussle between the two oldest sides in the competition in a do-or-die elimination final on Friday night.

2018 CLASHES

Round one: Geelong 14.13 (97) d Melbourne 13.16 (94)

A Patrick Dangerfield-less Cats side led by 27 points at half-time, only to see Melbourne come charging back into the contest with a four goals to one third term. Demons ruckman Max Gawn had the chance to claim victory with a shot in the dying stages of the game but his kick missed to the left.

Round 18: Geelong 16.4 (100) d Melbourne 14.14 (98)

Geelong cut into a 23-point three-quarter time deficit with an inspired final term from forward Tom Hawkins, who kicked four of his seven goals in the last quarter. Melbourne was denied victory by Zach Tuohy, who kicked a clutch set-shot after the siren to deliver the Cats a pulsating win.

LAST FIVE TIMES

R18, 2018, Geelong 16.4 (100) d Melbourne 14.14 (98) at GMHBA Stadium
R1, 2018, Geelong 14.13 (97) d Melbourne 13.16 (94) at the MCG
R3, 2017, Geelong 20.6 (126) d Melbourne 13.19 (97) at Etihad Stadium
R23, 2016, Geelong 24.11 (155) d Melbourne 6.8 (44) at GMHBA Stadium
R12, 2015, Melbourne 18.5 (113) d Geelong Cats 13.11 (89) at GMHBA Stadium

Thommo’s Tip: Dees by 8 points.

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10 thoughts on “Game Chat – EF1: Melbourne vs Geelong”

    1. FINAL INTERCHANGES
      Melbourne: Jack Viney, Charlie Spargo, Dom Tyson, Bayley Fritsch
      Geelong: Daniel Menzel, Jordan Murdoch, Cam Guthrie, Mark O’Connor

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  1. Just read a comment on fanfooty that Clarko would have won four flags if he’d been Cats’ coach for the last seven years. Not sure about that, but why they extended Scott’s contract … I have no idea.
    Well done Dees and have gone alright in the west recently. Admittedly a Prelim is a different ballgame, but you have to like the way they’re going about it.
    Sorry Hawks fans, but could be looking at a straight sets fall with no Stratton. BIG out for mine. To have made the four this year is extraordinary in itself.

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  2. Lucky enough to be at the two finals so far. Just confirms to me that it’s Richmond then daylight. A lot of buzz in the media today about Melbourne but I genuinely didn’t think they were that good last night. Someone will be there on GF day to stand opposite Richmond when the anthem is going but it’s Richmond’s to lose.

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    1. Agreed RB, after watching the Tigers vs Hawks match, the pressure level in the Melb vs Geelong was like a VFL match. Melbourne wins plenty of contested ball but doesn’t use it well and lacks forward structure. Grimes, Astbury, Rance and Vlastuin will have a field day against them.

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