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Cats unstoppable in demolition job of Essendon

April 2nd 2008 02:31
Can anyone beat Geelong? That is the burning question after the reining premiers dismantled the baby bombers. In two and half hours the cats showed why they are the ones to beat with an awesome display of scintillating run out of defence, forward pressure and dominating clearances. The cats simply looked unstoppable.
The reining premiers started off the match with a perfect set play from a stoppage resulting in a Steve Johnson goal. The bombers looked quick though with dash out of defence and the younger players looked like they were going to give the cats a scare early in the first quarter. Bachar Houli levelled the scores with an impressive goal from 45 metres in the fourth minute but from then on the cats took control. At quarter time the cats led by 22 points.

The first 3 minutes of the second quarter was simply awesome football by Geelong. They kicked three goals without the bombers getting a hand to the ball. The game was then blown out and the bombers had no chance of recovering. Some Geelong supporters believed that was the best quarter of football they had ever seen and even some bomber fans applauded this superior Geelong outfit.
Geelong’s midfield was just unstoppable with Ablett having 34 possessions, Bartel 38, Ling, Stokes, Corey and Kelly all had over 30. You would have to think that Ablett would have to be a big Brownlow chance again this year. He would have to be the best bloke to find his way through a maze, the way he works his way through traffic is just amazing. The Geelong midfield was just far too strong for the baby bombers, they were almost impossible to tackle at times.
For Geelong there were highlights all over the park. Cult hero Mark Blake kicked a long bomb from 50 on the run which lifted the roof off the Dome. In the last quarter he took a massive contested grab and kicked his second for the game.

For Essendon, they didn’t play that bad, which is the scary thing for the competition. They can take positives out of the game. Patrick Ryder played very well on Cameron Mooney; Brent Stanton tried hard all game and ended with 27 possessions, Alwyn Davey was explosive at times but faded late in the game.
But it just wasn’t Essendon’s day. Mathew Lloyd was goalless for the first time in 3 years and received Bronx cheers from the Geelong faithful while McPhee received them from the Essendon faithful.
You have to feel sorry for Melbourne, a team who is completely depleted and at the crossroads after just 2 rounds, which face Geelong this week, in which posses as another massive victory for Geelong with the unfurling of the flag and a packed Skilled Stadium full of cat fans.
Already the cats seem to not have a premiership hangover and are hungry for more success. Good luck to any team playing against Geelong.
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Comment by Harry

April 2nd 2008 23:38
Yeah, they are definitely my tip for the premiership at this point. Those Ablett genes must be something. They should start cloning them.

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