I was looking forward to this game like a nerd waiting for the next Marvel movie. Having seen the Roos live last week, I had been pretty impressed, while the Cats have been very good to watch this season (I didn’t actually see the games they dropped against Carlton and Collingwood).
Geelong threatened from the opening bounce but let the Roos off with some uncharacteristic skill errors, including easy dropped marks by Caddy and Stanley. North were much more clinical when their turn came, scoring from basically their first attacking play after Petrie marked in the forward line and found Gibson to kick the goal.
Geelong continued to monopolise the play and after prolonged pressure in the forward line, they recycled the ball and Bartel sidestepped Wells and kicked the Cats’ first. Soon after, Menzel marked inside 50 on the lead and put his team in front. Blicavs created a terrible turnover at half back after marking a ball coming out of defence. He looked as indecisive as Turnbull talking about tax, eventually giving the ball away and catching his defence out of position, as they had begun to transition into attack. As a result it was easy for Thomas hit Harvey on the lead for a goal.