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  • Goals 17
  • Behinds 10
  • Total 112

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  • Goals 17
  • Behinds 9
  • Total 111
  • FORM:
  • W
2nd
  • FORM:
  • L
15th

Match Report

Match Report: Round 2

By Nathan Schmook - AFL.com.au April 2, 2017 5:17 PM

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Geelong came from behind to notch a one-point win against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, taking the lead for the first time all day in the final minute.

North gave up a 32-point lead late in the third quarter, conceding six of the last seven goals to fall 17.12 (112) to 17.9 (111) on Sunday afternoon.

Having trailed all day, the Cats pushed into attack with little over a minute remaining, with George Horlin-Smith putting his head over the ball and drawing a high tackle from North ruckman Braydon Preuss.

The midfielder converted his set shot from 45m, giving the Cats a lead that they hung on to desperately in the final seconds to start their season 2-0.

It was heartbreak for the winless Kangaroos, who looked like prevailing from the outset, but went into their shells in the final quarter when the game was on the line, kicking just 1.1 in the last term.

Trailing by 25 points at the final change, the Cats played with desperation not seen often through the proceeding three quarters, with Darcy Lang's running goal from 50m bringing scores level after 17 minutes.

North Melbourne midfielder Shaun Higgins (27 possessions, nine inside 50s and two goals) was best on ground, having set up the Kangaroos' early lead.

He, like his team, faded in the fourth quarter, however, as the Cats' momentum gathered.

Geelong started the game in a slumber after their round one trip to Perth, allowing North Melbourne to slice through them with the ball and kick five of the first six goals.

The Kangaroos were also harder at the contest and more switched on defensively, laying 18 tackles to six in the first quarter and setting the trend for the match.

The danger man was Higgins, who went inside 50 five times in the first term and set alarm bells off in the Cats' coaches box when he converted on the run from 50m late in the first quarter. 

Geelong was also being beaten in the ruck, despite the late withdrawal of North star Todd Goldstein, with replacement Preuss throwing his weight around at stoppages.

The aggressive big man gave North a significant aerial advantage – going on to win the hit-outs 54-21 against Rhys Stanley and Mark Blicavs – but he is likely to be sidelined for one match after a crude knee in the back of Jackson Thurlow.  

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said it was a difficult result for the players and coaches, but there was a lot for the team to be encouraged by.      

"We've just got to work on a number of things and probably the one that stands out the most is just icing the game when you're in control," the coach said.

"We didn't do that well enough and we knew what we were going to get from a really capable Geelong side and they didn't disappoint us."

GEELONG 2.1 7.6 12.7 17.10 (112)
NORTH MELBOURNE 6.2 8.6 16.8 17.9 (111)

GOALS
Geelong: Hawkins 4, Menzel 4, Horlin-Smith 2, Parfitt, Thurlow, Duncan, Dangerfield, Henderson, Blicavs, Lang
North Melbourne: Brown 3, Higgins 2, Thomas 2 , Turner 2, McDonald, Daw, Dumont, Gibson, Macmillan, Garner, Simpkin, Williams

BEST
Geelong: Dangerfield, Menzel, Selwood, Hawkins, Mackie, Tuohy
North Melbourne: Higgins, Cunnington, Preuss, Tarrant, Brown, Dumont

INJURIES
Geelong: Nil
North Melbourne: Todd Goldstein (ankle) replaced in the selected side by Braydon Preuss, Daw (knee)

Reports: Braydon Preuss (North Melbourne) for rough conduct on Jackson Thurlow (Geelong) in the second quarter

Umpires: Stevic, Hay, Pannell

Official crowd: 30,917 at Etihad Stadium

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    37
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Cunnington
    28
  • North Melbourne
    Robbie Tarrant
    28
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    27
  • North Melbourne
    Sam Gibson
    27
Fantasy Leaders
  • Patrick Dangerfield
    Patrick Dangerfield
    139
  • Geelong Cats
    Joel Selwood
    119
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    119
  • North Melbourne
    Robbie Tarrant
    108
  • Geelong Cats
    Mitch Duncan
    106
Scoring Leaders
  • Tom Hawkins
    Tom Hawkins
    4.2
  • Geelong Cats
    Daniel Menzel
    4.0
  • North Melbourne
    Ben Brown
    3.1
  • North Melbourne
    Kayne Turner
    2.2
  • North Melbourne
    Shaun Higgins
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 356 Disposals 358
  • 75.0 Disposal Eff 74.0
  • 135 Contested Pos 144
  • 78 Marks 97
  • 20 Free Kicks 25
  • 37 Clearances 36
  • 57 Inside 50s 54
  • 37 Rebound 50s 41
  • 50 Tackles 66
  • 21 Hit-outs 54
  • 88 Interchanges 81

Breakdown

  • 2.1 (13)
    6.2 (38)
  • 7.6 (48)
    8.6 (54)
  • 12.7 (79)
    16.8 (104)
  • 17.10 (112)
    17.9 (111)

Player Stats

Geelong Cats

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Patrick Dangerfield 15 22 37 7 0 1 1 6 1 1 139
2Joel Selwood 17 9 26 4 0 4 0 8 0 2 119
3Mitch Duncan 10 14 24 7 0 1 0 5 1 0 106
4Daniel Menzel 10 4 14 8 0 1 0 1 4 0 91
5Mark Blicavs 9 8 17 7 7 0 2 3 1 0 83
6Tom Hawkins 9 2 11 5 0 2 5 3 4 2 71
7Steven Motlop 12 4 16 5 0 1 2 4 0 0 70
8Zach Tuohy 9 16 25 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 69
9Rhys Stanley 7 6 13 3 14 2 0 1 0 1 63
10Andrew Mackie 14 10 24 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 63
11George Horlin-Smith 8 10 18 1 0 2 2 1 2 0 59
12Darcy Lang 6 8 14 2 0 2 3 3 1 0 51
13Brandan Parfitt 7 4 11 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 51
14Lachie Henderson 7 5 12 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 49
15Jordan Murdoch 6 7 13 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 47
16Harry Taylor 3 8 11 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 45
17Tom Ruggles 5 8 13 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 44
18Tom Stewart 7 7 14 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 43
19Jackson Thurlow 7 1 8 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 43
20Lincoln McCarthy 8 5 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
21Josh Cowan 7 3 10 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 35
22Tom Lonergan 6 6 12 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 30

North Melbourne

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Shaun Higgins 15 12 27 4 0 0 1 7 2 1 119
2Robbie Tarrant 19 9 28 9 0 4 2 2 0 0 108
3Sam Gibson 14 13 27 6 0 1 1 4 1 0 106
4Braydon Preuss 6 7 13 4 46 1 2 5 0 0 105
5Ben Cunnington 7 21 28 3 0 1 1 7 0 0 98
6Trent Dumont 14 10 24 1 0 4 0 2 1 0 83
7Jamie Macmillan 11 9 20 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 82
8Kayne Turner 9 0 9 5 0 2 0 5 2 2 78
9Ben Brown 10 4 14 6 0 2 0 0 3 1 77
10Jack Ziebell 11 3 14 3 0 2 2 7 0 1 73
11Shaun Atley 12 8 20 2 0 2 1 3 0 0 69
12Lachlan Hansen 10 4 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
13Nathan Hrovat 10 6 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 63
14Marley Williams 7 5 12 4 0 1 0 3 1 0 62
15Lindsay Thomas 6 3 9 3 0 0 2 5 2 0 59
16Taylor Garner 9 2 11 5 0 0 2 3 1 1 59
17Luke McDonald 8 10 18 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 58
18Majak Daw 6 4 10 5 8 2 1 1 1 0 58
19Andrew Swallow 5 6 11 3 0 1 1 5 0 0 54
20Aaron Mullett 9 5 14 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 47
21Scott D. Thompson 8 3 11 4 0 0 2 2 0 0 44
22Jy Simpkin 5 3 8 2 0 1 0 2 1 2 44

Team Lineups

Geelong Cats

B

  • Andrew Mackie,
  • Tom Lonergan,
  • Zach Tuohy

HB

  • Tom Ruggles,
  • Lachie Henderson,
  • Tom Stewart

C

  • Brandan Parfitt,
  • Joel Selwood,
  • Lincoln McCarthy

HF

  • Jordan Murdoch,
  • Harry Taylor,
  • Darcy Lang

F

  • Steven Motlop,
  • Tom Hawkins,
  • Daniel Menzel

Fol

  • Rhys Stanley,
  • Patrick Dangerfield,
  • Mitch Duncan

I/C

  • Josh Cowan,
  • George Horlin-Smith,
  • Jackson Thurlow,
  • Mark Blicavs

No Late Change

In

  • Darcy Lang

Out

  • Nakia Cockatoo (Hand)

Last updated: 4:15PM Sunday, April 2, 2017

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