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Kent Kingsley's 9 goals straight helped Geelong run away from Carlton in the final term to win by 28 points in the opening round of the NAB Cup. After Carlton kicked the first three goals of the match, Kingsley then replied with the last 5 goals of the term, in what was a complete turn around to his goal kicking efforts in the intra club match the previous week, to give the Cats an 11 point lead at the first change. Charlie Gardiner kicked another goal for the Cats earlier in the second quarter but then play became very scrappy as the Cats overused the ball. James Kelly took a liking to passing the ball to Carlton players, while Gardiner was practicing for mark of the year with little effect. The Blues finally scored their first goal for the term after the half time siren to reduce the margin to 8 points. The third quarter was similar to the second for the Cats as the Blues lifted. They kicked a super goal after being awarded a 50 metre penalty and Fevola snapped one and it was less than a kick in it. The Cats did kick 2 goals for the term, one a snap from Ablett, and another from Lonergan who ran around Whitnall and ran into goal. The margin was two points at the last change. Once against it was Kinglsey who stopped the Carlton charge in the final term. He added another 4 goals as the Cats slammed on 7 goals to 3. Kinsley's 9 goals broke Billy Brownless' record of 8 goals in a preseason game for the Cats. Final Score: Geelong 0.15.8.98 Cartlon 126.96.36.199
Geelong advanced to the Semi Finals of the NAB Cup with a 26 point win over the Kangaroos. In hot and humid conditions the match was very scrappy especially during the second and third terms. Gary Ablett kicked the first goal of the match, but the Roos were looking better and a goal from Ling after the siren reduced the margin to 4 points at the first change. The Roos kicked the first goal of the second term very last in the quarter and luckily for the Cats Bartel replied very quickly and the margin was 3 points at the main change. The Roos shot out to a 10 point lead during the third term, but a goal to Milburn then a super goal to Byrnes and the Cats were in front. Like they did against Carlton last week, the Cats ran away in the last term with 4 goals to 1. Byrnes added his second during the term. Better players for the Cats included Gary Ablett and James Bartel, while Primsall showed signs of being a player for the forture. Final Score: Geelong 188.8.131.52 Kangaroos 184.108.40.206
Geelong reached its second pre-season Grand Final in 3 seasons after it run away from Fremantle and win by 20 points. Cameron Mooney was playing in an undermanned forward line and he marked strongly to kick the Cats only goal in the first quarter. Fremantle got on top early in the second term but Champan put the Cats in front with a super goal after being awarded a 50 metre penalty. Prismall then continued to show great improvement when he set up a Slade goal with a clever pass and then kicked one himself, after a great pick up, to give the Cats a one goal lead at half time. Fremantle came out firing in the third term and they kicked 3 goals in 5 minutes to lead by 2 goals. But Geelong came back with Chapman kicking a beauty from the boundary and then Prismall kicking his second. Nathan Ablett then came into the play. He took an excellent contested mark and goaled and then he set up Enright who goaled. But Fremantle once again got on top late in the term and after they had scored a super goal they were 10 points in front at the last change. But early misses in the last term proved costly as Joel Corey and Darren Milburn took over. Both kicked super goals in the final term, and Corey also added a 6 pointer. Enright and Chapman were two of the Cats better players, while Egan played well on Pavlich. Final Score: Geelong 220.127.116.11 Fremantle 18.104.22.168
Grand Final: Adelaide V Geelong , AAMI Stadium, Saturday (Night) March 18
Geelong won its first Grand Final since 1963 when it continued its last quarter revivals to beat Adelaide by 8 points at AAMI Stadium. The Crows kicked 4 goals to 1 in the first quarter, with Gary Ablett the Cats only goal kicker, and it seamed it would be another miserable Grand Final. This looked to be true when the Crows kicked the first goal of the second term to lead by 29 points. But with Ling moved in the middle, Blake in the Ruck and Playfair on the ground and at centre half forward the Cats kicked the next 4 goals through, Chapman, Rooke, Playfair and Kelly and the margin was reduced to 2 points. Ling went off with a knee injury during the term. The Crows kicked 5 straight points at the end of the term to lead by 7 at the main change. The Cats came out firing in the third term and Josh Hunt gave them the lead for the first time with a super goal. This was soon followed by an Ablett super goal on the run and all of sudden the Cats were 10 points in front. But the Crows came back themselves with 4 goals including a super goal of their own and they led by 17 points. But a Chapman goal from the boundary kept the Cats 13 points down at the last change. The last term was the Cameron Mooney show as he turned the game the Cats way. Two early goals kept the Cats in touch, but they were replied by the Crows. Then Shannon Byrnes ran into goal and kicked straight and the Cats were within 7 points. Mooney was then in the play again when he crashed a pack resulting in Ablett handballing to Joel Corey and like he did last week he a kicked a super goal to put the Cats in front. Mooney then snapped his third for the term to give the Cats an 8 point lead. A nervous final 5 minutes went by, including a super goal attempt by the Crows that hit the post, before the siren finally rang. Simon Goodwin was awarded the Michael Tuck medal for best on ground, while Geelong fans thought it should have gone to Mooney. Final Score: Geelong 22.214.171.124 Adelaide 126.96.36.199
ROUNDS 1 - 22
Geelong V Brisbane, Skilled Stadium, Saturday April 1
Geelong kicked off their 2006 season in style with a 77 point thrashing of Brisbane. Steven King and Brad Ottens both played their first match in the seniors after being nursed through the pre-season. Brisbane kicked with a strong breeze in the first term and they kicked the first goal of the match. But from then on it was all Geelong as Chapman and Bartel dominated. Bartel took a great mark in the square to kick the Cats first goal and then he kicked his second soon after. Chapman kicked his first goal and Geelong led by 20 points at quarter time. Geelong got off to a slow start kicking with the wind in the second term, but it didn't matter because they held The Lions goalless for the term. Once they got moving the Cats slammed on 4 goals with Ottens, Playfair and Ablett kicking their first goals. The Lions finally kicked their second goal through Bradshaw early in the third term, but once again Geelong were on top against the wind. Egan was having the better of Brown at centre half back, while Voss was forced to tag Bartel. The Cats kicked another 4 goals in the term with Playfair snapping his second, and Ottens showing his class when he baulked Mal Michael to run in and kick a goal. The Cats then kicked another 5 goals to 3 in the final term with Chapman kicking his third. Best for the Cats was Bartel who had 27 touches to go with his two early goals.
SCORE: Geelong 17.13.115 Brisbane 5.8.38
BEST CAT: Jimmy Bartel
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Paul Chapman 3
LADDER POSITION: 2 (1-0)
Geelong V Kangaroos, Skilled Stadium, Saturday April 8
Geelong continued its good start to the season with another thrashing, this time against the Kangaroos by 69 points. Kingsley and Steve Johnson played their first games for the season, while Playfair was out with a shoulder injury. Mackie was a late inclusion for the ill Byrnes and he celebrated by kicking 2 goals in the first term, as the Cats kicked with a very strong breeze. He later set up one for S.Johnson. Kingsley also enjoyed his return to the side kicking 3 goals for the term while wearing Matthew Scarlett's boots. Scarlett himself was involved in an incident with Leigh Harding, where it appeared Harding ended up with a black eye. The Cats led by 19 points at the first change. Kicking against the breeze in the second term the Cats continued to dominate with Joel Corey doing as he liked. Kingsley kicked an early goal, and then Mooney took a great mark in the square and the Cats led by 38 points. But the Roos started to play better, kicking the next 3 to reduce the margin to 3 goals. But right on half time Kingsley added his 5th to give the Cats a 4 goal lead at half time. The third term was all Geelong as they held the Roos goalless and they kicked 7 themselves. Kingsley continued his great form with 3 more for the term to take his tally to a career best 8 goals. After a quiet first half Gary Ablett came into the play with 3 goals himself and the Cats extended their lead to 64 points at the final change. Geelong won the last term 5 points, as Ablett kicked his 4th. Joel Corey was the Cats best with 27 touches, while Corey Enright had 29.
SCORE: Geelong 22.6.138 Kangaroos 10.9.69
BEST CAT: Joel Corey
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Kent Kingsley 8
LADDER POSITION: 1 (2-0)
Geelong lost its first match of the season to Hawthorn by 52 points after it virtually gave up in the final term. The match got off to a bad start for the Cats when captain Steven King injured his hamstring in the first five minutes of the game. The Cats were kicking against the breeze in the first term but they had done enough early in the term with Bartel kicking a good goal. The Hawks did get a couple of late ones to lead by 8 points at the first change. Geelong got on top early in the second term but 5 straight points proved very costly as the match went. They did kick two goals for the term but so did the Hawks as they led by 7 points at half time. The Cats kicked the first goal of the third to reduce the margin to under a goal and were looking good to come home with the wind in the final term. But three late goals to the Hawks gave them a 21 point lead at the final change. And it was the Hawks that wanted to win the match as the Cats had already shut up shop. The Hawks kicked 6 goals to 1 in the final term. Jarad Rooke was the Cats best player putting his body on the line all day, a pity he had little help.
SCORE: Hawthorn 15.11.101 Geelong 6.13.49
BEST CAT: Jarad Rooke
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Jimmy Bartel and Steve Johnson 2
LADDER POSITION: 3 (2-1)
Bulldgos V Geelong, Telstra Dome, Saturday April 22
Geelong lost a thriller to the Bulldogs by one point after kicking two late goals but were unable to score with the ball in their forward line in the dying seconds. David Wojcinski played his first match since injuring his knee early last year, and Tim Callan, Tom Lonergan and Nathan Ablett all came in for their first games of the year. King and Kingsley missed with hamstring injuries. The Cats got off to a good start with Mooney marking strongly and kicking a goal. The Dogs replied but it was another to Mooney and a one each to Gary Ablett and Ottens that gave the Cats a 3 point lead at the first change. The second term was spoilt by some puzzling umpiring decisions to both sides. The decision that stood out was when umpire favourite Scott West was awarded a free when he took a "dive" from a bump with the resulting free kick given down field where the ball was in the goal square of the Dogs. The Cats also refused to ran at the Dogs players, as they were allowed to run down field. Enright, Ablett, Chapman kicked goals for the Cats as the margin was 4 points in favour of the Dogs at half time. The Cats started better in the third term but they could not make the Dogs pay, as the Dogs held a 1 to 2 goal lead through out the term. Ablett kicked his third after a great pass from Callan, and David Johnson kicked a beauty from the boundary line to reduce the margin to only 1 point at the final change. The Cats dominated the early stages of the final term, but the result was only 3 points. As had happened so often in the past the Dogs ran down field and goaled straight away. But two goals from snaps to Kelly and Rooke put the Cats a goal up. But the Dogs once again got a run on and they kicked the next three goals to lead by 13 points. Two quick goals to Enright and Gary Ablett (his 4th) gave the Cats a faint hope but they could not get the ball in the last minute. Ablett was the Cats best, while Chapman and Ottens were also good players.
SCORE: Bulldogs 14.14.98 Geelong 14.13.97
BEST CAT: Gary Ablett
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Gary Ablett 4
LADDER POSITION: 6 (2-2)
Sydney V Geelong, Telstra Stadium, Saturday (Night) April 29
Geelong lost its third match in a row by putting up another dissapointing display to lose to Sydney by 22 points. If the Swans had kicked straighter the margin would have been closer to 10 goals. Steve Johnson was dropped and Brent Prismall was included to play his first AFL game after showing promise in the NAB Cup. His debut would last 10 minutes after he broke his arm. Paul Chapman played his 100th game. Geelong got off to a good start with Mooney taking a mark and kicking a goal. He took another good mark but this handballed to Gardiner who ran into the open goal. Ablett then got a free kick and he goaled and the Cats were up by a goal quarter time. The Swans dominated the second term but they could not score goals. Then Scarlett took a good mark but his kick was a shocker, resulting in a turn over and a flood of 3 quick Swan goals as they lead by 24 points at half time. The only Geelong goal for the tmer was when Gardiner kicked his second goal after Mooney took a mark and gave him another gift. The Swans bad kicking continued to leave the door slightly open for the Cats, as Barry Hall was well on top of Scarlett. Mooney took another great mark to kick his second. Then Ablett had a shot at goal that looked to have gone through but the goal umpire said it hit the post. He was back in the play soon after when he dribbled his second through after the Swans did not rush it through. Mooney was doing his best to spark the Cats as he took another strong mark and goaled early in the final term and the margin was two goals. But once again it was Hall who goaled and the match was over. In a rare highlight for the Cats, Brad Ottens took one of the marks of year as he flew high over Darren Jolly and Barry Hall. Mooney was clearly the Cats best player, while Chapman with 3, Ablett and Rooke also tried hard.
SCORE: Sydney 15.17.107 Geelong 13.7.85
BEST CAT: Cameron Mooney
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Cameron Mooney & Paul Chapman 3
LADDER POSITION: 7 (2-3)
Melbourne V Geelong, M.C.G., Friday (Night) May 5
Geelong's season continued to slide downhill with another loss to Melbourne in wet conditions at the 'G. Kingsley and Playfair returned, as did Riccardi for his first game of the season. Paul Chapman got the Cats off to a good start with 2 early goals in the first term. Playfair then took a great mark when he ran back with the flight of the ball and he goaled, and later in the term Bartel goaled to give the Cats a 5 point lead at quarter time. The second term was very scrappy as the Dees outscored the Cats 3 goals to 2 to reduce the margin to 1 point at the main change. Ablett and Tenace were the goal kickers for the term. The Cats got on top early in the third term and with goals to Ablett and Bartel, their second, and Mooney they led by 21 points, which looked very handy in the wet. But the Dees came back kicking 5 of the next 6 goals, with Chapman kicking his 3rd, to lead by 3 point at the final change. The Cats attacked early in the final term but they could not kick a goal. Davey kicked one from the boundary and the Dees were 2 goals up. Bartel got one late for the Cats to reduce the margin to 5 points to give them some hope of sneaking the victory, but the Dees were able to hold on. Chapman was the Cats best with his 3 goals and 23 touches and clever play in the wet.
SCORE: Melbourne 13.9.87 Geelong 11.15.81
BEST CAT: Paul Chapman
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Jimmy Bartel & Paul Chapman 3
LADDER POSITION: 11 (2-4)
St.Kilda V Geelong, Telstra Dome, Friday (Night) May 12
Geelong ended their 4 match losing streak with a tough 18 point win over the Saints. Tom Harley played his first match for the season, while Steven King returned from a hamstring injury and Steve Johnson's better from in the VFL earned him a recall. Cameron Mooney missed through suspension. Geelong got off to a great start when Jarad Rooke kicked a good goal from the angle. Hamil then tried to take out Steve Johnson instead of going for the ball with the end result being Hamil sitting out the rest of the match and Johnson returning 15 minutes later. After the Saints got their first, the Cats had a chance to pull away but Kingsley, Playfair and S.Johnson all missed shots right in front. Kelly finally got one for the Cats as the margin was a goal at quarter time. Steve Johnson got the Cats off to a great start in the second term when he dribbled one through. Playfair then marked and goaled and Chapman ran into goal and kicked one Geelong were on top. A rare touch from Gehrig, who was beaten by Scarlett, brought the Saints closer but Johnson's second gave the Cats a 15 point lead at half time. The Saints got the first of the second half, but the Cats continued to play better with Paul Chapman continuing his great form of recent weeks. He kicked two goals himself for the term, including a great snap, and then he had the poise to find Ling on his own, and Ling goaled. Smart work from Kelly from a bounce got the ball to David Johnson who ran in and goaled and the Cats were 23 points up at the last change. They should had sealed the match, but Ling and Kingsley missed 2 easy chances to do so. The end result was two goals to St.Kilda and the margin was 14 points. Then Riwoldt marked and had a chance to kick another goal. But he hit the post from 15 minutes out, and after a conference from the umpires it was awarded a point. Soon after the kicking in Rooke handballed to Tenance who kicked a ripper goal from outside 50 to give the Cats breathing space. Tenance played his best quarter of football in the AFL with 12 touches. Steve Johnson then kicked his 3rd to seal the win. Chapman was Cats best again with 3 goals and 26 touches, while other good players were Scarlett and Rooke who shut down Robert Harvey on a night he became the Saints games record holder.
SCORE: Geelong 12.10.82 St.Kilda 9.10.64
BEST CAT: Paul Chapman
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Steve Johnson & Paul Chapman 3
LADDER POSITION: 9 (3-4)
Collingwood V Geelong, M.C.G., Saturday (Night) May 20
Geelong put in a pathetic, dismal, pitiful, weak, useless, deplorable, disgraceful, dishonorable, shocking, appalling, dreadful and reprehensible effort to be thrashed by Collingwood by 102 points. All coach Mark Thompson could say was "I just didn't see this coming"
SCORE: Collingwood 22.14.146 Geelong 6.8.44
BEST CAT: None
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): James Kelly 2
LADDER POSITION: 11 (3-5)
Geelong V Richmond, Skilled Stadium, Saturday May 27
Geelong's 2006 season continued to slide with a 20 point loss to Richmond at Skilled Stadium, in what was the Tiger's first win at the ground since 1990. Geelong lost King and Tenace through injury during the week and then Harley and Riccardi were late withdrawals. Matthew Stokes came in to the side to play his first senior game. Ottens got the Cats off to a good start when he marked strongly and goaled. Jarad Rooke was playing well and after an early miss he kicked a goal and this followed with goals from Corey and Bartel as the Cats led by a goal at the first change. The second term was fairly even as the lead changed a few times. Ablett kicked his first after receiving a free kick, and Shannon Burns snapped one on his right. Jarad Rooke also kicked his second goal in the term. The early part of the third term was even but shocking decision when Milburn tried to keep the ball in play and he was penalised for a throw started a run on for Richmond. They shot out to a 17 point lead, before the Cats came back through Ablett's second and Rooke's third as they lead by 3 points at the last change. But they could only manage 9 points in the final term, as their quest for a finals birth looked bleak. Jarad Rooke continued his good form with 16 touches and 6 tackles to go with his 3 goals.
SCORE: Richmond 17.8.110 Geelong 12.18.90
BEST CAT: Jarad Rooke
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Jarad Rooke 3
LADDER POSITION: 12 (3-6)
Geelong V West Coast, Skilled Stadium, Saturday June 3
Geelong let what seemed to be a match winning 9 goal lead in the third term slip to lose to West Coast by 3 points to end what little hope they had of making the finals. The Cats lost patience with forwards Kent Kingsley and Henry Playfair and Nathan Ablett came into the side along with Blake to help Ottens in the ruck. Kicking with a strong wind in the first term that Cats got off to a great start with Mooney on fire at Centre Half Forward kicking 2 goals and setting up others. Gary Ablett, Chapman and Johnson were also in the play kicking goals. The second term was more even but the Cats restricted the Eagles against the Wind. Bartel and Mackie kicked good goals in the term to extend the lead to 39 points at half time. The Cats came out of the blocks earlier in the third term and when Mooney kicked his 3rd goal they were 9 goals up. But the Eagles came back to reduce the margin to 5 goals, before Corey was awarded a 50 metre penalty, but the umpire only moved him forward 35 metres. For some reason Corey played on and missed. Luckily for the Cats Bartel goaled on 3/4 time and lead was back to 6 goals at the final change. The Eagles continued their run in the final term and they hit the front by 2 points. But Nathan Ablett marked and goaled and the Cats were in front. But the Eagles kicked one more to pinch the match. Despite the devastating loss Geelong fans still clapped the players off the ground!!!
SCORE: West Coast 16.5.101 Geelong 15.8.98
BEST CAT: Joel Corey
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Cameron Mooney 3
LADDER POSITION: 13 (3-7)
Geelong V Essendon, Telstra Dome, Friday (Night) June 9
Geelong returned to the winners list after it led all night to beat Essendon by 42 points. Tom Harley and Jarad Rooke both missed through injury while Matthew Spencer came into the side to play his AFL game. Like they did against the Eagles the previous week the Cats got off to a great start in the first quarter. Mooney handballed to Ablett who ran into the open goal to kick the first of the night and then Ablett was awarded a free on the goal line after he was dragged down by the arm. He kicked his second. Mooney then came into the play by kicking two goals himself and the Cats had 5 on the board before Essendon score one. The Dons did kick two of the last 3 to reduce the margin to 4 goals at quarter time. Geelong continued their run in the second term as Corey Enright ran forward to kick a couple of goals. For the second week in a row Joel Corey was enjoying his stint in the midfield and he kicked a long goal. Stokes who had kicked his first goal in the AFL in the first term, kicked his second and Geelong led by 43 points at the main change. The Cats extended the lead to 50 points in the third term when Ottens kicked a goal before the Dons kicked three in a row and it was only 5 goals in it. But any thoughts of a Bomber comeback was dissolved when Ablett once again showed his class by kicking 2 quick goals, one from a clever snap, the other from a strong mark in the square. Chapman topped off his great game with a goal that again extended the lead to 7 goals. The Dons once again came out firing in the early part of the final term and the margin was again reduced to 5 goals. But Ablett and Mooney teamed up again to see Mooney snap his third. Steve Johnson kicked two goals in the final term to have 3 for match, while Stokes added another to also finish with 3. Chapman was the Cats best with a career high 32 disposals.
SCORE: Geelong 20.10.130 Essendon 13.10.88
BEST CAT: Paul Chapman
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Gary Ablett 4
LADDER POSITION: 11 (4-7)
Fremantle V Geelong, Subiaco Oval, Saturday June 17
Geelong continued to turn its season around with a thumping 66 point win over the Dockers in Perth. Gary Ablett kicked a career best 6 goals which also equaled Ronnie Burns' record for the most Geelong goals in a match against Fremantle. It was the Dockers that got off to the better start kicking the first two goals of the match, one from Pavlich when he was paid a mark that he did not hold on to. Then Mooney continued his excellent form as he took over in the Geelong forward line. He marked and goaled from 50 metres out and then set up Stokes for the Cats third goal. The Dockers got one back, but Stokes was in the play again when he passed to Gary Ablett who put the Cats in front on the siren. The second term was all Geelong as the ran all over Fremantle. They slammed on 8 goals in what was one of their best terms of Football for a long time. Ottens came into the game a couple of strong grabs and a couple of goals. Gary Ablett also took some strong grabs and he also added a couple of goals in the term. When Chapman goaled late in the term the Cats were 40 points in front. The Cats continued their run early in the third term when Mooney kicked his second and Ablett kicked his 4th. The Dockers wasted chances to get back into the game, but they kicked 5 points and another couple on the full. Ottens added his third later on in the term to extend the lead to 55 points. Ablett added two more in the final and Ottens his 4th. With his 6 goals Ablett was the Cats best, while Mooney with his 13 marks and Ottens were close behind.
SCORE: Geelong 18.10.118 Fremantle 6.16.62
BEST CAT: Gary Ablett
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Gary Ablett 6
LADDER POSITION: 11 (5-7)
Adelaide V Geelong, AAMI Stadium, Sunday July 2
Geelong suffered its second biggest defeat of the season when it lost to Adelaide by 92 points. The Crows extended their lead at every change and they were damaging with the slight wind in the second and final terms when they kicked 7 goals in each quarter. The Cats were lucky the Crows did not kick straighter or the margin would have been well over 100 points.
SCORE: Adelaide 21.21.147 Geelong 8.7.55
BEST CAT: Paul Chapman
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Brad Ottens 2
LADDER POSITION: 11 (5-8)
Carlton V Geelong, Telstra Dome, Saturday July 8
Geelong returned to then winners list with a 65 point thrashing of Carlton. The Cats made a statement when Kent Kinglsey and James Kelly were dropped for the match and Matthew McCarthy came in for his first game of the season. David Johnson also returned to play his 50th match. Although Carlton started better they did not make the most of their opportunities and it was Gary Ablett that set the Cats alight. He kicked 2 good running goals and then he snapped his third after roving a marking contest. Mooney then ran in and kicked a goal and Chapman snapped one to give the Cats a 13 point lead at quarter time. Geelong continue to play make the most of their opportunities in the second term as McCarthy came into the game with a couple of goals. Ablett was once again in the play when he cleverly soccered the ball off the ground to Scarlett who had drifted down from full back to kick a goal. Geelong led by 6 goals at half time. The Blues tried to close the gap in the third term but every time they kicked a goal Geelong had the answers. Ottens kicked a goal from near the boundary line, but then missed one from 10 metres out. Wojcinski continued his improvement with a nice snap and Ling also helped himself to a goal as the lead blew out to 52 points at the final change. The Cats finished the match off with another 6 goals in the final term. McCarthy capped off a successful return by kicked his 5th goal and then he set up the impressive Stokes for a goal. Stokes' use of the ball was excellent as he did not waste a possession. Andrew Mackie joined the party by kicking 2 goals in the final term, while Prismall kicked his first goal in his second match. Cameron Mooney was the Cats best player as he once again demonstrated what a vital asset he is to the Cats forward line.
SCORE: Geelong 23.4.142 Carlton 11.11.77
BEST CAT: Cameron Mooney
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Matthew McCarthy 5
LADDER POSITION: 10 (6-8)
Geelong V Port Adelaide, Skilled Stadium, Sunday July 16
Geelong kept its final chances alive with a hard fought 10 point win over Port Adelaide at Skilled Stadium. Even though Mooney was under an injury cloud the Cats went into the match unchanged. The Power started the match better as the Cats were wasteful in front of goal. Ottens kicked a great snap goal for a big goal as the Power led by 9 points at quarter time. Walsh extended the lead early the second term to 15 points, but Ottens second brought the Cats back into the match. Ling then kicked a very good running goal after the Cats streamed forward and any number of players could have kicked that goal Chapman then kicked a typical snap and the Cats led by 6 points at the main change. Both Mooney and Ling were reported for the striking in the first half. Kicking against the slight breeze in the third the Cats again failed to capitalize on their chances until Mooney marked strongly and goaled. But a Burgoyne goal after the siren gave the Power the lead. Ebert extended the lead to 10 points early in the last term but then it was the Cats that hit the "on" switch and they lifted. Ottens kicked his third great goal of the match to bring the Cats closer and then Stokes took a great mark and goaled to put the Cats in front. Chapman then ran in to kick his second goal, and Stokes (who played a great last term with his chasing and tackling) sealed the win with his second goal after a handball from Mooney. Tom Harley was the Cats best as he played his best game for the year.
SCORE: Geelong 9.14.68 Port Adelaide 8.10.58
BEST CAT: Tom Harley
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Brad Ottens 3
LADDER POSITION: 10 (7-8)
Geelong V Bulldogs, Telstra Dome, Sunday July 23
Geelong won a thriller against the Bulldogs by a point after a late point to Brad Ottens put the Cats in front after scores were level for 7 minutes. Geelong lost Mooney to suspension and Steve Johnson and Kelly came back into the side. It was S.Johnson that the Cats got off to a great start when he kicked a great goal from the boundary line. He could have made it two but his shot that went through was touched. The Dogs then got a run on with their run out of the backline killing the Cats. McCarthy kicked one for the Cats and the margin was 11 points at quarter time. S.Johnson once again sparked the Cats with another great goal from the boundary line. But the Dogs, with help of pathetic umpiring, jumped out to a 4 goal lead. But the Cats came back into match with goals to Rooke (who was on top of Cooney) and Ling (who was also on top of the dangerous West). When Chapman goaled after the half time siren the margin was back to only 5 points at the main change. Paul Chapman set the Cats alight in the third term with 2 more goals (one a great snap) to have three for the match. Ottens then came into the game with strong marking, but he only kicked 1 goal from 3 attempts. His form did force Mark Thompson to play McCarthy in the ruck when King was rested. Matthew Egan then kicked his first AFL goal and scores were level at the final change. Ottens marked strongly and goaled and then Corey kicked a good running and Geelong were 2 goals in front. The Dogs then kicked the next two to level the scores, but Ottens kicked the winning point. Scarlett was the Cats best player as he provided great run out of defence with his 34 touches.
SCORE: Geelong 13.12.90 Bulldogs 13.11.89
BEST CAT: Matthew Scarlett
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Paul Chapman 3
LADDER POSITION: 9 (8-8)
Kangaroos V Geelong, Manuka Oval, Sunday July 30
Geelong's final chances are virtualy over after they put in a pathetic display to loose to the Kangaroos by 30 points. Geelong never recovered from the Roos kicking the first 4 goals of the match and then losing Gary Ablett to a shouler injured and Cameron Ling to concussion in the first term. Making matters worse was the report of Cameron Mooney for charging, after he returned to the side of missing last week through suspension. Brad Ottens was the Cats best as he continued his good form. He kicked 3 goals and took some good grabs. It is a pity he had little help.
SCORE: Kangaroos 13.12.90 Geelong 8.12.60
BEST CAT: Brad Ottens
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Brad Ottens 3
LADDER POSITION: 9 (8-9)
Brisbane V Geelong, GABBA, Sunday August 6
Geelong broke its GABBA hoodoo when it defeated the Lions by 17 points. The win was the Cats first at the GABBA since Round 5 1993 when Gary Ablett Sr's 8 goals helped the Cats to a 1 point win. Geelong lost Mooney through suspension and Ablett with a shoulder injury. It was the Steve Johnson that got the Cats off to a great start with a typical left foot snap from the boundary line. Bradshaw got one back for the Lions, but the Cats moved King forward and he goaled. Josh Hunt then drifted forward and kicked a good goal to give the Cats a 5 point lead at quarter time. Geelong got right on top in the second term and should have had the match in control at half time but they did not kick straight enough. Johnson continued his form from the first term when he kicked another good goal from the boundary, then he roved the pack and snaped his third. Riccardi then came into the play with two left goals. They were his first two goals of the season. Ling then drifted forward to goal and the margin was 16 points at half time. The Lions came out firing after the break and they kicked the first 3 goals to hit the lead. But the Cats answered with a goal to Corey and then Byrnes handballed to the square where Riccardi soccered his third goal. Then Ottens marked with 10 seconds left in the term and he passed to Playfair in the square who marked and goaled to give the Cats a 3 goal lead at the final change. Both sides kicked two goals in the final term as Johnson kicked his 4th and Chapman his second. Josh Hunt was the Cats best player as he returned to his 2004 form. He had 30 touches to go with that goal in the first term.
SCORE: Geelong 14.20.104 Brisbane 13.9.87
BEST CAT: Josh Hunt
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Steve Johnson 4
LADDER POSITION: 9 (9-9)
Geelong V St.Kilda, Telstra Dome, Sunday August 13
Geelong's finals hope are over with a 23 point loss to St.Kilda. Peter Riccardi may also have played his last game for the Cats after injuring his hamsting early in the match. Geelong regained Ablett from a shoulder injury and Mooney from suspension. After the Saints got the first goal of the match Josh Hunt went forward to kick his 3rd goal in a many matches. Mooney then took a good mark and goaled and the Cats trailed by 2 point at quarter time. They got on top early in the second term and with Shannon Byrnes, Steve Johnson (after a great mark) and Ottens goaled they lead by 14 points. Had they taken their chances they could have been further in front. But the Saints were able to get back into the game and they kicked 4 of the last 5 goals of the term with S.Johnson kicking his second and the margin was 4 points at the main change. St.Kilda continued their run in the term as costly turn overs from the Cats defence helped the Saints. They kicked 5 goals to 2 to extend the lead to 20 point at the final. When they kicked the first of the final term the match was over.
SCORE: St.Kilda 15.13.103 Geelong 11.14.80
BEST CAT: Andrew Mackie
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): S.Johnson, C.Ling & A.Mackie 2
LADDER POSITION: 9 (9-10)
Geelong V Sydney, Skilled Stadium, Saturday August 19
Geelong beat Sydney by 27 points at Skilled Stadium, but their very slim finals chances were eveporated at the MCG after the Dogs beat the Crows. Geelong kicked with the aid of the breeze in the first term and they started well. Brad Ottens took 2 very good marks and he kicked a goal. Josh Hunt continued his goal kicking run when he ran forward to kick his 4th goal in as many matches. Tom Lonergan then took a mark in the square and he goaled to give the Cats a 14 point lead a the first change. Sydney came back at the Cats in the second term with Bolton and O'Keefe kicking goals. The Cats still lead by 8 points at main change. Sydney kicked the first goal of the third term and scores were level. But instead of lying down Geelong lifted. Mooney was playing well and he kicked a goal, Steve Johnson also kicked one, and then David Johnson took the mark of the day running back with the flight of the ball then handballed to the quiet Ablett who goaled. Then after the siren S.Johnson kicked the Cats fourth in a row and the margin was 25 points at the final change. Another 3 goals to 2 in the final term with Ottens kicking his 3rd, and Rooke and Corey kicking good goals, capped off a good win, that came too little too late. Jarad Rooke was the Cats best player as he was more effective than Goodes and he had 9 tackles. Matthew Scarlett was not far behind as he thrashed Barry Hall, keeping him to only 6 touches and no goals.
SCORE: Geelong 14.6.90 Sydney 9.9.63
BEST CAT: Jarad Rooke
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Brad Ottens 3
LADDER POSITION: 9 (10-10)
Geelong V Melbourne, Skilled Stadium, Saturday August 26
Geelong's finals aspirations are officially over after playing out a dramatic draw against Melbourne at Skilled Stadium. The match epitomized Geelong's season with the first half perthetic, while the second half was good. Cameron Mooney was suspended for a record 4th time for the season during the week, while Mackie missed with back soreness and for some reason Kinglsey was his replacement. He would have been more useful if he did not play and one would think he has played his last senior game in the blue and white hoops. Corey Enright played his 100th game. The Cats swung a surprise when Matthew Scarlett started the match at full forward. The Dees got off to a great start kicking the first 3 goals of the Match, with Yze taking a contention for mark of the year. Nathan Ablett got the Cats first goal with a very good left foot snap and then Chapman took 4 bounces to ran into goal and kicked the Cats second. The margin was 19 points at quarter time. Melbourne kicked the first of the second term, but Steve Johnson kicked and beauty from the boundary line and Ottens goaled to reduce the margin to 2 goals. But Melbourne kicked the last 2 goals of the term to lead by 31 points at the main. They extended their lead to 38 points at the 11 minute mark of the third term. But someone flicked a switch and the Cats decided it was time to play. Gary Ablett was moved into the midfield and he provided the spark. David Johnson started the run on with a good mark and goal. Then N.Ablett, Scarlett and S.Johnson goaled and the Cats were right back into the match. Gary Ablett topped off a great quarter with a running goal and the margin was back to only 9 points at the final change. Two early points reduced the margin to 7 points, but Yze's third gave Melbourne some breathing space. But enter Steve Johnson. He drifted forward to mark and run into the open goal, then after a great handball from Geelong's best player Bartel, he kicked a left foot goal which was his 4th and there was a point the difference. Then moments later he put on a great hip and shoulder on Holland and the ball spilled to Scarlett who kicked his second goal. Jamar then got the Dees back level when he marked after finding 10 metres space ahead of Steven King. Ottens had a chance to put the Cats a goal in front but he kicked a point. Then with seconds left Scarlett snapped the ball forward and Carroll dropped the marked, but the siren sounded before Barlet forced the ball through for a point.
SCORE: Geelong 14.10.94 Melbourne 14.10.94
BEST CAT: Jimmy Bartel
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Steve Johnson 4
LADDER POSITION: 10 (10-10-1)
Hawthorn V Geelong, Telstra Dome, Sunday September 3
Geelong put in a terrible performance to end a season that promissed so much yet once again it delivered nothing. They lost to Hawthorn by 61 points. Ryan Gamble played his first match for the Cats in the number 15 jumper as Peter Riccardi passed it on after his retirement. Paul Chapman was the Cats best player with 35 disposals and 2 goals. After such a dissapointing season the knives are out for coach Mark Thompson and several senior players.
SCORE: Hawthorn 21.7.133 Geelong 10.12.72
BEST CAT: Paul Chapman
LEADING GOAL KICKER(S): Chapman, Enright, S.Johnson 2
LADDER POSITION: 10 (10-11-1)
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