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Ratings | Round 9 – Geelong v. Western Bulldogs


Fired by five goals from Harry Taylor and a flawless Paddy Dangerfield, Geelong again unleashed a powerful final-term surge to overrun the Western Bulldogs by 23-points at Simonds Stadium.

Our Inside Football experts take a look at the individual performances of each player...

GEELONG – 16.8 (104)

Jed BEWS – 4

Spent first half in defence and played minor role then swung forward in third without impact. Couple of highlights.

Mark BLICAVS – 4

Much better effort without starring; 18 possessions but only nine were effective. Four tackles, one clearance.

Nakia COCKATOO – 1

Set up early Blicavs goals then pinged a hamstring before quarter time and night was done.

Patrick DANGERFIELD – 10

Five weeks removed from broken ribs (v Hawks) and they might have healed. Four brilliant first-half goals; 36 disposals.

Mitch DUNCAN – 8

Laid career-high 18 tackles to go with 31 disposals, six clearances and four inside-50s.


Key forward took his season goal tally to 27 in a tight battle with Adams. Couple of disposals in final term were key.

Lachie HENDERSON – 6

After two games out with a rib injury was steady down back playing predominantly on Cloke. Stats modest but played his role.


In for second game of season. Defended pretty well and looked poise, particularly in final term when heat went on.


Had job on Redpath (two goals) and did that superbly. Got across to be third man up and positioning first class.

Andrew MACKIE – 7

First half solid (17 disposals) and helped set the tempo. Quieter second half but overall he had a positive impact.


Provided support to stars with 21 disposals, seven tackles and 11 contested possessions.

Daniel MENZEL – 4

Had a really quiet one until final term when kicked two key goals. Only three kicks for the night so made them count.

Steven MOTLOP – 4

Stats sheet suggest okay (18 disposals) but reality was he had very little impact on the game. Better than previous weeks.

Jordan MURDOCH – 6

Late inclusion should be commended for his attack on the ball. Stats modest (12 effective disposals) but played a role.

Mark O'CONNOR – 3

Second-game Irishman laid a couple of big tackles and was better than debut match; 12 disposals.

James PARSONS – 4

Intent to tackle and play aggressively was great and much better than previous weeks. Just 14 disposals but good for fifth game.

Joel SELWOOD – 8

Huge again, particularly in early part of final quarter when the side needed an injection of life; 11 clearances.

Scott SELWOOD – 7

First game of the season and laid 17 tackles to go with 17 disposals in what was a pleasing return.

Zac SMITH – 8

No. 1 ruck option had best game of career highlighted by 15 hit-outs to advantage, eight clearances and 24 disposals.


Great game. Defender brilliantly where he sued his closing speed and play reading to intercept the pill.

Harry TAYLOR – 8

Took right weeks but hit straps with five goals, including three in second term. Didn’t touch ball in first and third terms.

Zach TUOHY – 8

Huge again, particularly in first half. Ended with 28 disposals and hit target with 21 of them. In the votes again.


Marcus ADAMS – 6

Battled Hawkins all night. Did a sound job except for one horror error that gifted Hawkins his only goal.


Quiet first half (5 effective disposals) then lifted but quiet by his standards; 13 effective disposals and kicked 0.3

Tom BOYD – 7

Big man threatened at times with two goals and some towering contested marks. Good effort playing No. 1 ruck.

Travis CLOKE – 3

Third-term goal only real highlight of a night he looked off the pace after time out with rib injury.


Steady without starring. Nine tackles and four inside-50s. Didn’t hit the scoreboard but played his role.

Bailey DALE – 4

Okay early but youngster faded as the game dragged on. Only six disposals after half time was telling in a tough game.

Caleb DANIEL – 8

Close to Dogs’ best. Worked hard, won plenty of ball (28 disposals) and won 10 contested possessions.

Tory DICKSON – 4

First game for the year. Kicked two goals from seven kicks and will be better for the run after interrupted pre-season.

Lachie HUNTER – 3

Really quiet all night in an uncharacteristic effort; eight effective disposals, one clearance and no inside-50s from half back.


Run and carry in bursts and steady without starring. Didn’t cut the Cats’ to shreds like he can at times.

Lin JONG – 6

Six tackles, four inside-50s and 24 disposals a handy effort. Only downside is his lack of poise at times with ball in hand.

Jack MACRAE – 5

Hardly sighted first half then lifted to grab 12 disposals after half time. Only 13 effective touches and one inside-50.

Dale MORRIS – 2

First game back from injury and looked well off the pace. Defensive role okay but offered nothing going other way; two kicks.

Robert MURPHY – 7

Skipper made his presence felt at times with burst link play. Hit target with 19 of his 25 disposals.

Liam PICKEN – 5

Unusually quiet in first half then huge third term helped side back into the game. Quiet again in final term.

Jack REDPATH – 4

Had Lonergan for company and ended night with two goals from six kicks. Not a huge night.

Clay SMITH – 5

Two goals from eight kicks playing role up forward. Laid seven tackles but by no means a big impact on flow of game.

Matthew SUCKLING – 4

When he got it things looked good for Dogs. Only issue was he didn’t get it enough; seven kicks and no goals.

Mitch WALLIS – 8

Return from injury was a solid one. Grabbed 26 disposals (20 contested), six tackles and 12 clearances.

Lukas WEBB – 5

Youngster flitted in and out of the game without getting arousal levels up. Six tackles, two inside-50s and a goal.

Bailey WILLIAMS – 5

The 19-year-old playing 10th game ended night with 19 disposals (10 effective). Just the two tackles.

Easton WOOD – 6

Defended pretty well on Menzel and worked to run off and provide some rebound with 20 disposals.

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