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Injured Cats roll on against the Saints to make it eleven straight


The Cats have secured their eleventh win in a row despite key outs to re-affirm their credentials as flag favourites.

The 110-65 win comes without Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield, the first time the Cars have been without the pair in their time together at the Cattery, while Mark Blicavs and Gary Rohan were also missing in the typically dominant day for Geelong.

St Kilda was the last team to beat Geelong back in Round 9, and the renewed form of Chris Scott’s men was evident from the get-go.

The Cats looked sharp early despite the Saints' best defensive efforts and seemed a force to be reckoned with yet again.

The ease of movement from defensive to forward 50 was telling for Geelong who seemed to have a paddock every time they went forward in the first term, however, the efficiency of St Kilda kept them within reach.

This efficiency continued into the second quarter, as the Saints turned the tide to find themselves just ten points down at the main break and full of confidence charged by some huge Jack Steele tackles.

But it was yet another third-quarter-blitz that cannoned the Cats out to a 33-point lead in the blink of an eye, kicking four goals to none (12-0 goals in the last two weeks) and quashing any hopes St Kilda had harboured.

Dan Hannebery continued his injury-riddled time at St Kilda, after being subbed off at three-quarter-time with an ankle injury.

The final term was a percentage-boosting one for the Cats, piling on the pain in a vindictive manner, despite two late goals for St Kilda.

For Geelong, Isaac Smith (three goals, 21 touches), Rhys Stanley (16 disposals, 22 hit-outs), Brandon Parfitt (25 disposals, six tackles)and Tom Hawkins (three goals, 14 disposals) led the way, but the spread of influence was significant in the eventual overrunning.

Sam De Koning had the better of Max King all day, but the inside 50’s and ball movement didn’t help the prodigious forward.

Mason Wood had his best game in St Kilda colours with one goal on top of his 20 touches, while Rowan Marshall proved once again his prowess as a solo ruckman with 37 hit-outs and 21 touches.

The Cats travel to face Gold Coast next Saturday while the Saints host Brisbane at Marvel Stadium on Friday night.


Geelong: 6.4, 8.5, 12.7, 16.8 (110)

St Kilda: 3.0, 7.1, 7.4, 10.5 (65)


Geelong: Hawkins 3, Smith 3, Stengle 2, Cameron 2, Holmes, Tuohy, Duncan, Henry, Close, Menegola, Z Guthrie

St Kilda: Higgins 2, Membrey 2, Wood, Butler, King, Sinclair, Steele, Long


Geelong: I Smith, R Stanley, T Hawkins, S Menegola, B Parfitt, M Duncan

St Kilda: M Wood, B Crouch, R Marshall, J Steele, B Paton


Geelong: n/a

St Kilda: Dan Hannebery (ankle)

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