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Cats move on with convincing win over Giants

- LACHIE YOUNG CHRIS CAVANAGH

IN the immediate moments following last week’s game between Port Adelaide and Geelong a familiar phrase bellowed around Adelaide Oval: “There’s history here in the making”.

True though that may have been for the Power, for the Cats, it was all just a little bit of history repeating.

And so it was, again, on Friday night, when Geelong dusted itself off to book a third straight appearance in a preliminar­y final and an incredible 11th in the past 15 years.

That was after the side’s 15.13 (103) to 10.8 (68) win over GWS in its semi-final clash.

As he has done in the past three seasons and four of the past five, Chris Scott found a way to quickly overcome the disappoint­ment of a qualifying final loss. The cohesion between Geelong’s midfield and forward line that was so lacking just seven days earlier was plain for all to see.

Against the Giants, Geelong’s typical controlled ball movement was complement­ed by patches of moving the footy on with urgency as required.

Despite the good early work of GWS backmen Nick Haynes and Phil Davis, it allowed its key forwards, Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins, more time to assert their presence in the air.

The impact of Hawkins cannot be overstated.

There are few forwards with his physical presence and when the ball is delivered to him the way it should, there are in turn few defenders capable of shutting him out of the game.

The 33-year-old finished with five goals.

Geelong midfielder and Territoria­n Brandan Parfitt shapes as a potential hard-luck story this September after suffering a hamstring injury. Parfitt was subbed out at quartertim­e.

 ??  ?? GWS’ Shane Mumford and Geelong’s Rhys Stanley.
GWS’ Shane Mumford and Geelong’s Rhys Stanley.

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