VFL Review – Round 20

Updated: August 30, 2015
Picture: ARJ GIESE
Picture: ARJ GIESE

Picture: ARJ GIESE

GEELONG has finished the VFL season in fine style, handing Northern Blues an 81-point hiding at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

It was an impressive defensive effort that laid the foundation for the win, holding the Blues to just one goal in the second quarter and scoreless in the third term.

The Cats, who went into the clash with 12 AFL-listed players, made a solid start to the contest with a five goal to two opening quarter helping them to a 19-point lead at the first change.

From that point on they kicked 14 goals to four to record a 19.13 (127) def. 6.10 (46).

“They released the shackles a bit and took off, really took the game on and the more they did it, the better they got at it, which was fantastic,” coach Paul Hood said.

Geelong had 14 goal kickers for the contest, led by four from best on ground George Horlin-Smith and three from Shane Kersten.

“The more you share the footy, the more boys get in positions to share it next time,” Hood said.

“We messed a few up late when we got a bit tired but for the most part, to kick 19 goals was fantastic.

“A really good sign for the future, for the development of these guys and a good lesson for them all going forward.”

Horlin-Smith also had 30 possessions and six clearances, took six marks and laid four tackles.

First-year draftee Jordan Cunico also impressed with 30 possessions of his own.

“Jordan really finished his season off strongly, which was good, he’s had a few ups and downs and a couple of injuries this year so it was great for him,” Hood said.

“To play the right way on the last day was good and should fill him with lots of confidence.”

Meanwhile, Werribee has finished the home and away season with a four-point loss to Footscray at Avalon Airport Oval.

On an emotional day for the Tigers, who paid tribute to late president John Nicol with a moments silence before the game, they were left to rue a slow start.

The Bulldogs kicked 5.3 to 0.4 in the first quarter to lay the foundation for a 9.11 (65) to 8.13 (61) result.

North Melbourne listed duo Majak Daw (three goals) and Majak Daw (two) were best up forward for the Tigers, while fellow Roos Daniel Currie and Scott McMahon battled hard to get Werribee over the line.

South Barwon’s Meyrick Buchancan was impressive for Footscray with three goals.

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