MENZEL’S MAGIC NOT ENOUGH FOR CATS
IF EVER a club has been tossed out of the premiership hunt with a warm, fuzzy feeling, it was Geelong last night.
The Cats are cooked for 2015 but the remote control on Daniel Menzel’s career has finally found the “play” button.
If last night’s remarkable return four years and four knee reconstructions after Menzel last graced an AFL field was a true insight into what he is capable of, then Cats coach Chris Scott must be giddy with excitement.
The 48-point loss to Collingwood means Geelong will sit out September for the first time since 2006.
But the footy world expects Patrick Dangerfield, Lachie Henderson and Scott Selwood to feature for the Cats’ next season – and we can officially add Menzel’s name to that glittering list of recruits.
Because on a night where his teammates couldn’t catch a cold, Menzel was hot, as the lowest crowd between these clubs in 16 years watched the Menzel magic show unfold.
Menzel was on from the opening bounce. He sprinted into the centre square, won a handball and followed up with a ferocious second effort.
But the Magpies led from start to finish in a 48-point win to rebound in style from last weekend’s embarrassing 91point loss to Richmond.
After losing Travis Cloke in the warm-up to a hamstring injury, Collingwood shared the load in their 17.8 (110) to 9.8 (62) triumph, with 11 different goalkickers.
Jack Crisp and Taylor Adams impressed in midfield for the Magpies, Levi Greenwood subdued Cats skipper Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury was influential in a quarterback-style role.
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley’s biggest concern from the win was a knee injury to Dane Swan.
The loss leaves the Cats six points adrift of eighth-placed Adelaide, who they host next week at Simonds Stadium.