Geelong Cats celebrated Gary Ablett’s 150th game in style last night with a comprehensive 48 point victory over the Adelaide Crows at AAMI stadium.
The Cats held off a tough fight back from Adelaide to kick a 6-0 goal final quarter, sealing Geelong’s fourth consecutive win for the season.
Steve Johnstone opened the account for the Cats kicking the first goal before a miraculous left-foot snap from Gary Ablett, the first of his some 46 possessions for the match.
Geelong led by 17 points mid way through the opening term with Joel Selwood and David Wojinski playing instrumental roles across half back in the absence of injured defender Darren Milburn.
The crows temporarily put the brakes on yet another Geelong demolition of the midfield with Onballer Scott Thompson pushing forward to score for Adelaide.
A highly efficient Geelong continued to push the ball through the corridor in a display that showed a Team dominant in playing man on man, close quarters footy to a game- finding space through the boots of the like of Rooke, Varcoe and Joel Corey.
But it was Ablett who did the most damage collecting a career high 46 possessions kicking 3 goals and dishing out 33 handballs, equalling the individual record set by Nathan Buckley.
A revered hush swept over AAMI stadium as the Cats booted five unanswered goals to start the second term.
Off the back of a dominant win over the lack lustre Collingwood, Geelong continues to put sides away with the boots of Max Rooke and the superstar Gary Ablett.
Goals to Mackie, Blake and Shannon Byrnes saw the margin extend to 42 points before a surprising fight back from the crows with goals from Kurt Tippet and Taylor Walker got the Adelaide crowd back on its feet.
Adelaide live-wires Mackay and Porplyzia knocked the margin back to three goals before half time as Mark ‘Bomber’ Thompson told the Kitchen to put the salad roll on hold.
The Cats booted clear momentarily with goals to Stokes, Varcoe and Johnson and looked to be all but over, before Adelaide surged again in a display of tough gritty football that every Crow fan should be proud of.
Porplyzia, Walker and the ex-Geelong schoolboy footy star Patrick Dangerfield cut the margin back to 19 points for the Crows.
A gift goal to Cameron Mooney in the goal square saw the floodgates open and the spark from Adelaide’s new found perseverance begin to fade.
The final term saw Crow’s fans in their multitudes head for home as Joel Selwood kicked a goal within 17 seconds.
Geelong kicked two more quick goals through Chapman and Stokes finally ending the torture for Adelaide, cruising to a 48 point victory and sending a clear warning that Geelong is on its way to premiership form.
ADELAIDE 3.2 7.2 11.6 13.8 (86)
GEELONG 5.1 10.2 14.5 21.8 (134)