MATCH CENTRE
MATCH CENTRE
ROUND 3

GEELONG

V

MELBOURNE

GeelongGEEL WIN BY 29
20.6
126
FT
13.19
97
Etihad Stadium
2017-04-08T06:35:00Z

Preview

Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood put the Cats on their back last week to record a one-point win over North Melbourne however Cats fans can't have been too happy with the performance in a shootout.

A win nevertheless, but the cats lost the contested possession and tackles count - two area of the contest they often pride themselves on.

Melbourne meanwhile are also 2-0 and managed to scrape their way to a win last week against the Blues but come up against the Cats without key duo Jordan Lewis and Jesse Hogan, who sit out due to suspension.

Bernie Vince returns for Melbourne to bolster their midfield however Hogan's absence leaves coach Simon Goodwin with a bit to think about. Jake Spencer, Cam Pedersen and Tim Smith are all options for the rookie head coach.

Geelong's -78 hitout differential - the biggest in the league - means the Cats will consider including Zac Smith in the team to take on Max Gawn, which could mean either of Mark Blicavs or Rhys Stanley could miss out. While the work of their midfield has masked over the issue somewhat, Chris Scott has certainly taken notice.

Cam Guthrie looks likely to miss due to a calf injury as Jed Bews and Sam Menegola loom as his likely replacements.

There's no doubting that suspensions to two of their key players will hamper the Dees and we think it'll be enough to see the Cats get home quite comfortably.

Cats by 25.

Team Line-Ups


Geelong

Melbourne


Team Stats


Geelong

Melbourne

Disposals
MATCH
349
2024 AVG.
3839
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
349.8
2024 AVG.
3848
2024 TOTAL
Contested Possessions
MATCH
134.6
2024 AVG.
1481
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
132
2024 AVG.
1452
2024 TOTAL
Kicks
MATCH
208.5
2024 AVG.
2294
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
216.5
2024 AVG.
2382
2024 TOTAL
Handballs
MATCH
140.5
2024 AVG.
1545
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
133.3
2024 AVG.
1466
2024 TOTAL
Frees For
MATCH
14.3
2024 AVG.
157
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
18.6
2024 AVG.
205
2024 TOTAL
Clearances
MATCH
38.5
2024 AVG.
424
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
35.6
2024 AVG.
392
2024 TOTAL
Centre Clearances
MATCH
11.8
2024 AVG.
130
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
11.4
2024 AVG.
125
2024 TOTAL
Stoppage Clearances
MATCH
26.7
2024 AVG.
294
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
24.3
2024 AVG.
267
2024 TOTAL
Inside 50
MATCH
54.8
2024 AVG.
603
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
51.5
2024 AVG.
567
2024 TOTAL
Marks
MATCH
79.5
2024 AVG.
874
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
96.7
2024 AVG.
1064
2024 TOTAL
Marks Inside 50
MATCH
12.5
2024 AVG.
138
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
10.6
2024 AVG.
117
2024 TOTAL
Contested Marks
MATCH
9.7
2024 AVG.
107
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
11
2024 AVG.
121
2024 TOTAL
Tackles
MATCH
65.9
2024 AVG.
725
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
60.4
2024 AVG.
664
2024 TOTAL
Hit Outs
MATCH
39.6
2024 AVG.
436
2024 TOTAL
2024 AVG.
2024 TOTAL
40.3
2024 AVG.
443
2024 TOTAL

Player Stats


Geelong

Melbourne


Summary


Score Breakdown

  1 2 3 4
5.2
32
9.2
56
14.2
86
20.6
126
2.4
16
7.11
53
12.17
89
13.19
97

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