Cats pounce in final term to upset fancied Port
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.