Cats continue good run

28 July 2020 18:14:13 GMTPlus10
Geelong's Cam Guthrie caught the eye against Fremantle.

Geelong beat Fremantle by 32 points at Optus Stadium in a game which saw the Dockers come close to breaking some unwanted records.

Fremantle's score of 2.4 (16) was the second-lowest in their history, and they managed just three points in the first half - again, second on their all-time list.

The Dockers went 68 minutes before finally registering their opening major through Matt Taberner, with the goal coming in controversial circumstances after the goal umpire initially signalled for a behind.

Geelong picked up a fourth win in five starts, but were made to grind for the 6.12 (48) to 2.4 (16) victory in a game played in wet and wild conditions.

Mitch Duncan (26 disposals, one goal) relished the tough conditions and was the game's outstanding midfielder, while his Cats teammate Cam Guthrie (30 disposals, eight clearances) was a driving force around the ground.

Tom Hawkins, who was also crafty in the forward line, booted three majors.

The Dockers, for whom Andrew Brayshaw (27 disposals, eight tackles) battled hard, were affected by losing star midfielder Darcy Tucker to a hamstring injury just minutes into the contest.

Brennan Cox (hip) had already been a late withdrawal, with Tobe Watson introduced for his debut, while Michael Walters also limped from the field late in the game with cramp in his hamstring.

A tired and young Fremantle side failed to recover from the pair of early injury blows, with the Cats building an 18-point lead by half-time.

Mature-age recruit Brad Close marked his senior debut with a goal for Geelong in the opening quarter.

Geelong are 4/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Cats are 11/5 to win their next game against West Coast, who are 19/50.

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