Geelong improved to 9-3 after beating Port Adelaide by 21 points in a highly entertaining contest at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night.
Jeremy Cameron starred with five goals while Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan booted four and three goals respectively as the Cats sealed their fifth consecutive win to consolidate their spot in the top four.
Garry Lyon heaped praise on ex-Giant Cameron and described Rohan as a “nightmare” match-up for any opposition coach and defence.
“You have to say that their scoring power has been exponentially improved with the addition of Jeremy Cameron,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“Jeremy Cameron is an elite operator – he’s an elite key forward of the competition and you’ve thrown him in with probably the best key forward of the competition of the past 10 years (Hawkins). It stands to reason.
“As a result of that, Gary Rohan becomes a floater. I know he gets highly criticised … Gary Rohan is a nightmare match-up for any opposition coach and defence.
“If they can keep these three together, they get (Patrick) Dangerfield and (Mitch) Duncan back in the side … they’ve done so beautifully well to be nine wins and three losses, and they haven’t really if say for maybe one or two occasions had their best side available.”
Tim Watson lauded the impact Isaac Smith has made since arriving from Hawthorn as an unrestricted free agent.
“Smith, for me, is the best addition to their team of those three because of the way that he plays,” Watson said.
“He’s been doing it for years and years and Hawthorn fans know exactly what we’re talking about.
“His ability to get up and down the ground, get back to be part of the defensive unit, block the ball, get a possession in the midfield, he kicks the ball well, he uses is left foot intelligently, he knows when to go and not to go, he knows where and when to kick the ball. He’s such an intelligent player.
“He’s the type of player that Geelong hasn’t had in their midfield mix.”
Geelong’s next assignment is a Friday night blockbuster against the second-placed Western Bulldogs.