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  • Total 104

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Match Report

Match Report: Dogs collared by Cats

May 19, 2017 10:40 PM

Match Highlights: Geelong v Bulldogs (Rd9)
Match Highlights: Geelong v Bulldogs (Rd9) Replay all the highlights from the Western Bulldogs' Friday night clash against Geelong at Simonds Stadium.

GEELONG has withstood a barnstorming second-half comeback from the Western Bulldogs to snap a three-game losing streak and claim a 23-point win in a thrilling game at Simonds Stadium on Friday night.

Needing a victory to recalibrate a season that was fast detouring off course, the Cats responded to a week of scrutiny with vigour and zeal to hold off the fast-finishing Bulldogs, 16.8 (104) to 12.9 (81)

Challenged to lift its physicality after a "disgraceful" tackling effort against Essendon last week, Geelong's players signalled their intent against the Dogs by laying 28 tackles in the first quarter alone.

Full match coverage and stats

The Cats eventually finished with 134 tackles to the Bulldogs' 104, as they built their win around pressure and resilience.

Despite playing with sore ribs, Patrick Dangerfield returned to his brilliant best, racking up a game-high 36 disposals, 12 tackles, 10 clearances and booting four goals.

Cats skipper Joel Selwood (29 touches and 11 clearances) epitomised the Cats' steely attitude, willing himself from contest to contest, while younger brother Scott Selwood (17 disposals and 17 tackles) was equally committed in his first game of the season following a toe injury.

The much-scutinised move of Harry Taylor to the forward line finally paid dividends, with the All Australian defender booting five goals.

For the first half at least, the Cats played with a spirit and relentlessness they have not possessed so far this season, with their pressure around the ball and much sounder defensive structures (they yielded just four inside 50s in the second term) creating a 26-point half-time lead.

But after a first half they would rather forget, the Bulldogs stormed back into the contest by kicking six goals to Geelong's one in the third term and snatched a nine-point lead at three-quarter time.

Returning from a broken leg suffered in round 18 last season, Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Wallis was outstanding during the Cats' first-half onslaught and in his side's second-half revival.

The tough onballer finished with 26 disposals and two goals, both of which came as the Bulldogs charged back into the game in the third term.

Jack Redpath came to life in the second half by kicking two important majors in the third term, while Jason Johannisen's drive from half-back, as the Bulldogs' defenders began to intercept the footy higher up the ground, proved crucial.

Caleb Daniel (28 disposals) and Bob Murphy (25 touches) were also strong contributors for the Dogs.


GEELONG                   3.0   8.5   9.5   16.8 (104)
WESTERN BULLDOGS  4.3   4.3   10.8   12.9 (81)

GOALS
Geelong: Taylor 5, Dangerfield 4, Menzel 2, Blicavs, Tuohy, Hawkins, J.Selwood, S.Selwood,
Western Bulldogs: Smith 2, Redpath 2, Wallis 2, Dickson 2, Boyd 2, Webb, Cloke 

BEST 
Geelong: J.Selwood, Duncan, Dangerfield, S.Selwood, Stewart, Taylor,
Western Bulldogs: Wallis, Daniel, Jong, Murphy, Macrae, Dale 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Williamson, Jeffery, McInerney

Official crowd: 30,275 at Simonds Stadium

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    36
  • Geelong Cats
    Mitch Duncan
    31
  • Geelong Cats
    Joel Selwood
    29
  • Geelong Cats
    Zach Tuohy
    28
  • Western Bulldogs
    Caleb Daniel
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • Mitch Duncan
    Mitch Duncan
    169
  • Geelong Cats
    Patrick Dangerfield
    156
  • Geelong Cats
    Zac Smith
    148
  • Geelong Cats
    Scott Selwood
    119
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tom Boyd
    117
Scoring Leaders
  • Harry Taylor
    Harry Taylor
    5.1
  • Geelong Cats
    Patrick Dangerfield
    4.0
  • Western Bulldogs
    Tom Boyd
    2.1
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jack Redpath
    2.1
  • Geelong Cats
    Daniel Menzel
    2.0
Geelong Cats

Match Stats

Western Bulldogs
  • 381 Disposals 389
  • 70.3 Disposal Eff 69.7
  • 162 Contested Pos 158
  • 69 Marks 57
  • 17 Free Kicks 21
  • 46 Clearances 39
  • 54 Inside 50s 48
  • 35 Rebound 50s 38
  • 134 Tackles 104
  • 60 Hit-outs 43
  • 79 Interchanges 89
Geelong Cats

Breakdown

Geelong Cats
  • 3.0 (18)
    4.3 (27)
  • 8.5 (53)
    4.3 (27)
  • 9.5 (59)
    10.8 (68)
  • 16.8 (104)
    12.9 (81)

Player Stats

Geelong Cats

Geelong Cats

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Mitch Duncan 13 18 31 7 0 2 1 18 0 2 169
2Patrick Dangerfield 13 23 36 1 0 2 2 12 4 0 156
3Zac Smith 9 16 25 1 48 1 1 10 0 0 148
4Scott Selwood 8 9 17 1 0 0 0 17 1 0 119
5Joel Selwood 14 15 29 4 0 3 3 8 1 0 116
6Harry Taylor 9 4 13 5 0 1 1 5 5 1 99
7Zach Tuohy 17 11 28 1 0 1 0 3 1 0 95
8Sam Menegola 9 12 21 5 0 0 1 7 0 1 92
9Jordan Murdoch 10 7 17 5 0 0 0 8 0 0 91
10Mark Blicavs 7 11 18 2 12 0 1 4 1 0 80
11Andrew Mackie 14 11 25 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 78
12Steven Motlop 10 8 18 7 0 0 1 3 0 1 77
13Jake Kolodjashnij 10 4 14 5 0 2 0 4 0 1 72
14Tom Hawkins 8 7 15 3 0 2 2 4 1 0 65
15Tom Stewart 8 4 12 4 0 0 1 4 0 0 57
16James Parsons 4 10 14 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 55
17Tom Lonergan 6 4 10 2 0 3 1 5 0 0 52
18Mark O'Connor 3 9 12 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 48
19Lachie Henderson 6 5 11 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 47
20Jed Bews 3 3 6 2 0 0 2 6 0 0 39
21Daniel Menzel 3 3 6 1 0 0 2 3 2 0 36
22Nakia Cockatoo 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 16
Western Bulldogs

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Tom Boyd 8 12 20 4 33 2 1 3 2 1 117
2Caleb Daniel 13 15 28 5 0 1 1 4 0 0 98
3Mitch Wallis 8 18 26 0 0 4 1 6 2 0 97
4Jason Johannisen 15 9 24 1 0 1 0 7 0 1 96
5Luke Dahlhaus 8 15 23 2 0 1 2 9 0 0 91
6Tory Dickson 7 4 11 6 0 1 0 7 2 0 88
7Lin Jong 12 12 24 0 1 1 0 6 0 0 86
8Robert Murphy 14 11 25 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 85
9Liam Picken 4 16 20 4 0 0 0 7 0 0 84
10Clay Smith 8 5 13 2 0 1 0 7 2 0 81
11Jack Macrae 7 16 23 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 76
12Easton Wood 12 8 20 7 0 2 1 1 0 0 76
13Marcus Bontempelli 8 11 19 2 0 3 3 6 0 3 73
14Bailey Dale 8 8 16 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 67
15Travis Cloke 7 4 11 3 9 0 1 4 1 0 66
16Marcus Adams 8 7 15 4 0 0 2 5 0 0 64
17Bailey Williams 9 10 19 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 62
18Lukas Webb 5 7 12 0 0 1 1 6 1 0 57
19Matthew Suckling 7 5 12 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 52
20Lachie Hunter 6 7 13 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 47
21Jack Redpath 6 1 7 4 0 0 2 1 2 1 43
22Dale Morris 2 6 8 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 33

Team Lineups

Geelong Cats

B

  • Tom Stewart,
  • Tom Lonergan,
  • Zach Tuohy

HB

  • Jed Bews,
  • Lachie Henderson,
  • Andrew Mackie

C

  • Mark Blicavs,
  • Joel Selwood,
  • Mitch Duncan

HF

  • James Parsons,
  • Harry Taylor,
  • Sam Menegola

F

  • Daniel Menzel,
  • Tom Hawkins,
  • Nakia Cockatoo

Fol

  • Zac Smith,
  • Patrick Dangerfield,
  • Scott Selwood

I/C

  • Jake Kolodjashnij,
  • Jordan Murdoch,
  • Steven Motlop,
  • Mark O'Connor

No Late Change

In

  • Lachie Henderson,
  • Scott Selwood,
  • Jordan Murdoch

Out

  • Rhys Stanley (Knee),
  • Cameron Guthrie (Omitted),
  • George Horlin-Smith (Omitted)

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