VFL Review – Round 18

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Updated: August 15, 2015
Rhys Mathieson impressed with 17 disposals as 23rd man for Geelong in its VFL loss to Hawthorn. Picture: ARJ GIESE
Rhys Mathieson impressed with 17 disposals as 23rd man for Geelong in its VFL loss to Hawthorn. Picture: ARJ GIESE

Rhys Mathieson impressed with 17 disposals as 23rd man for Geelong in its VFL loss to Hawthorn. Picture: ARJ GIESE

A SECOND-half fadeout has seen Geelong fall by 50 points to VFL pacesetter Box Hill at Simonds Stadium.

The Cats grabbed an unlikely lead early in the third quarter when Brant Haintz goaled, however the Hawks kicked 13 of the last 17 goals of the game to record a 19.7 (121) to 10.11 (71) victory.

“We got a lesson in how to use the ball off Box Hill, we probably gave them three goals off turnovers at the start of the last quarter,” coach Paul Hood said.

“Up until then, we’d been really good, we had more inside 50s and more scoring shots at three quarter time, so pretty positive about how the game was played out.”

Daniel Menzel’s comeback from a fourth knee reconstruction remains on track after another three-goal effort.

He also had 23 possessions and 10 clearances.

“He did a lot of stuff that looked really good today,” Hood said.

“His three goals were great finishes and he fought really well around the ball,” Hood said.

Rookie defender Cam Delaney successfully got through a half after recovering from ongoing toe problems.

He picked up 10 possessions and took four marks..

However, Delaney’s exit from the contest, combined with a hamstring injury suffered by Kieran Paliouras, left Geelong undermanned in defence.

Dean Gore (27 posessions), Billie Smedts (26) and Michael Luxford (25) won plenty of the ball, while Geelong Falcon Rhys Mathieson, who was playing as 23rd man for the Cats, impressed with 17 disposals.

“He really takes the game on, has a go and throws himself around which is terrific,” Hood said of the draft prospect.

“He had a really good go and it was a great first step from Rhys on hopefully what is a good career for him in footy,” Hood said.

Geelong’s penultimate game of the season is a trip to Trevor Barker Beach Oval for a meeting with finals-bound Sandringham next Sunday.

Werribee, which had the bye this weekend, meet arch-rival Williamstown at Point Gellibrand.

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