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Opposition Watch: Round 16 v Geelong Cats

Michael Gosman  July 5, 2017 3:01 PM

Our next opposition, the Geelong Cats, played out a thrilling draw with the GWS GIANTS last weekend at Spotless Stadium.

Missing a host of stars - including Joel Selwood - for the clash, Geelong fielded three debutants and surprisingly kept pace with GWS for most of the first half.

Early in the fourth quarter the Cats held a 20-point lead, only for the GIANTS to rattle off 21 unanswered points to snatch the lead heading into the final minutes of the match.

Tom Hawkins took a strong contested mark and lined up for goal as the siren sounded, but his shot from a tight angle could only scrape through for a point, leaving the scores at 10.8 (68) apiece.

Geelong Coach Chris Scott seemed fine with sharing the points, and was quick to point out how tough Hawkins’ shot was.    

"I was just excited we got the chance. Obviously the draw’s better than the loss. So having the opportunity to at least get the two points was exciting,” Scott said.

“But it was a really tough shot, so I don’t know there would be a player on the ground that would have gone back and thought ‘This is a lay down misere', especially with that pressure."

Patrick Dangerfield was at his lofty best for the visitors, tallying a ridiculous 45 disposals and 13 clearances. 

The draw was the AFL’s first since 2015, and leaves Geelong sitting in third place on the ladder heading into Saturday's match.

The Cats have spent this week based on the Gold Coast, opting not to travel back to Geelong following the match against the GIANTS. 

Injury List 

Cats Captain Joel Selwood is almost certain to return to action this weekend after missing one match with concussion.

Scott Selwood is also a chance of returning after missing the GIANTS clash due to a hamstring injury. 

Lions Health Centre: Injury List

Daniel Menzal (knee), George Horlin-Smith (ankle) and Jackson Thurlow (calf) will all have to prove their fitness this week after missing the match against GWS.

Brandan Parfitt and Nakia Cockatoo loom as late inclusions for Geelong after recovering from injuries. 

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