Cats pounce in fi­nal term to up­set fan­cied Port

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL -

GEE­LONG recorded the sec­ond up­set of the AFL An­zac round with a 34-point vic­tory over Port Ade­laide in a feisty en­counter at the Ade­laide Oval last night.

Scores re­mained close all game be­fore the Cats pulled away to se­cure a 12.12 (84) to 7.8 (50) win be­fore a bumper crowd of 45,372.

De­spite en­ter­ing the con­test the higher-ranked team, Port had lost 13 of their past 14 meet- ings with Gee­long and went into the clash after a sur­prise loss to Essendon.

Port’s Lind­say Thomas was given a last-minute call-up to play his first game for his new club, re­plac­ing Todd Mar­shall.

After a slow start for both sides, the first goal came off the boot of Gee­long’s Ge­orge Hor­lin-Smith, while Jake Neade kicked Port’s opener after 20.

Port Ade­laide fin­ished the first quar­ter trail­ing by 12 points and with­out a sin­gle mark in­side 50, and things went from bad to worse early in the sec­ond when Hamish Hartlett was taken from the ground with head in­juries after a col­li­sion with Patrick Danger­field.

But mo­men­tum turned late in the first half, with Port kick­ing three unan­swered goals and fi­nally find­ing form.

Still, Port trailed by nine at the ma­jor break and, de­spite out­play­ing the Cats in the third term, strug­gled to con­vert and started the fourth quar­ter 11 points down.

Ol­lie Wines — one of Port’s best play­ers of the night — went off early in what was to be a hor­ror term for the Power, though re­turned to the field be­fore the end of the night.

Gee­long’s Joel Sel­wood (29 dis­pos­als), Danger­field (28 dis­pos­als) and Sam Mene­gola (26 dis­pos­als) were in­stru­men­tal for the vis­i­tors.

Gee­long’s Joel Sel­wood.

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