livewire forward Steve Johnson kicked five goals as the Cats cruised to their
13th straight victory, 21.13 (139) to 11.3 (69) over bottom-placed Richmond at
Johnson's goals came in the first half, the last a brilliant left-foot snap
from the forward pocket, as he helped set up a 28-point lead for the home side
at the long break.
result was never in doubt, with Richmond, who started the game as the rankest
of outsiders, sticking with the Cats for the first 15 minutes before Geelong
pulled away with the final three goals of the first term.
allowed them to open up a 20-point lead, from which point they were not
11 goal-kickers in total, with Geelong's forwards at pains to share the spoils,
often dishing off passes to teammates when in scoring range.
Medal favourite Gary Ablett continued his strong season, with fellow
midfielders Jimmy Bartel, James Kelly and Joel Corey also good for the Cats.
defence, Darren Milburn and Matthew Scarlett were superb in constantly
repelling Richmond attacks and driving the ball forward.
biggest cheers from the Cats' crowd were reserved for ruckman Mark Blake, who
kicked two goals, one in each of the third and fourth quarters, after not
having kicked a goal in his previous 28 games.
match highlight was a spectacular mark by Geelong ruckman Steven King, who took
a ride on the goal umpire to mark on the goal-line and prevent a shot by
Richmond's Nathan Brown from scoring early in the final term.
they could take some solace in that they were at least not thrashed as badly as
last time the two sides met, at Telstra Dome in round six.
occasion, they were handed the biggest thrashing in their history, by 157
points, a match which started the Cats' current winning streak.
Nathan Foley was again a standout for the Tigers, gathering 35 touches.
Richardson battled hard up forward to kick four goals, while second-gamer
Daniel Connors was also impressive.
5.3 9.6 13.10 21.13 (139)
2.1 5.2 7.3 11.3 (69)
S Johnson 5 M Stokes 3 J Kelly 2 C Mooney 2 M Blake 2 D Wojcinski 2 J Corey S
Byrnes N Ablett G Ablett D Milburn.
M Richardson 4 N Brown 3 G Tivendale 2 B Deledio S Tuck.
M Scarlett G Ablett S Johnson D Milburn J Bartel J Corey.
N Foley M Richardson D Connors W Thursfield S Tuck A Raines.
B Ottens (virus) replaced in selected side by T Varcoe.
G Tivendale (head).
C Hendrie D Goldspink.
at Skilled Stadium.