Viewers will be pleased to hear that normal programming has been resumed at Simonds Stadium. After an ‘embarrassing’ performance against the Swans a couple of weeks ago, the Cats bounced back in fine style defeating the Crows by 30 points.
In an even first half the lead never rose above eight points either way and Geelong held sway by one point at the main break. From there the Cats gained the ascendancy mainly due to improved efforts by some players previously down on form and a well-executed game plan that saw the Cats play extra players behind the ball. This tactic stifled Adelaide’s preferred style of play which is to catch opposition defences out of position and get easy goals over the back. The Geelong defenders did not allow themselves to sucked up the ground and denied the Crows extra space in their forward line.
Geelong coach Chris Scott praised the even effort from the whole team, but there were a few heartening individual performances. Tom Hawkins covered more ground and that extra work rate was shown on the stats sheet. (and in the goals column) Steve Motlop was better and his tally of seven tackles tells its own story. Sam Menegola was excellent in his first game after giving us the briefest glimpse in the NAB Challenge. And Jed Bews kept a tight rein on Eddie Betts in his return to the AFL side. I do like seeing his name on the team sheet, as his value is twofold: he is that small lockdown defender that balances the defence and that allows both Enright and Ruggles to play more attacking roles.
Overall it was an encouraging effort but not one to get over confident about, I’m not convinced this stratagem will work as well against all of the other top eight teams.
Best for Geelong were Enright, Selwood, Bartel and Menzel, while for the Crows, ironically it was the Crouch brothers who stood up.
One upside for disheartened Adelaide supporters, and football supporters in general, was that there was no repeat of the Michael Firrito rushed behind debacle from last week. This week, a spokesman for the AFL came out in support of the umpire and the decision, asserting that any confusion can be dispelled if only one takes a look at the video provided by the Flaws of the Game Committee at the start of the year.
He expounded “The rule clearly states that a free kick shall be awarded against a player from the defending team who intentionally kicks, handballs or forces the football over the attacking team's goal or behind line or into the goal post, but the defender will be given the benefit of any doubt if he is under pressure or being tackled. The benefit of doubt shall be ignored if the defender is more than 9 metres from the goal line, or if he has more than two teammates in the immediate area. But not if the previous score was a behind or the player is a member of the home team. Unless that player’s number is in between 15 and 20 or if the opposing team contains predominantly left footers. All this can be over-ridden if the prevailing wind is coming from the north or the All-Ordinaries Index has had a positive trend over the past five days, but not if Venus is ascending into the house of Sagittarius. It’s really quite self-explanatory.”
And in late breaking news, apparently some chemist got shot.