Written by AFL Online on 4th Jul 2008
Geelong continue to show their dominance over the competition, with a crushing win over the Crows at AAMI Stadium on Friday night. Coming off a record win over the Eagles at Subiaco, the Cats cruised to a 68 point victory, winning 18.16.124 to 8.8.56.
The Cats set the scene right from the start taking the ball cleanly out of the middle from the first bounce and hitting Chapman on the chest, before the Crows even touched the ball. From then on they controlled the play despite wasting the a few opportunities. They kicked 4.6 in the first quarter and kept the Crows to a single behind, their lowest score at AAMI since 1998.
Young gun Jason Porplyzia kicked the Crows first goal of the match early in the second quarter, before the Cats kicked five of the next six goals of the term to take a 45 point lead into half time.
The Crows started the second half well with Brett Burton kicking his first early in the third and dominated play, having 11 inside fifty’s to one in the first 10 minutes, but couldn’t transfer it to the scoreboard. Although the Cats had slowed, they managed to add three more goals through Joel Corey, Cameron Mooney and Mathew Stokes taking a 50 point lead into the final break.
Geelong extended their lead early in the last kicking three goals in the first five minutes, before Adelaide saved some embarrassment by kicking four goals of their own. The high possession game saw the usual Geelong suspects find plenty of the footy, with Jimmy Bartel (41), Joel Corey (30), Corey Enright (36) and Joel Selwood (37) all having over 30 possessions.
Adelaide – 0.1 – 2.5 – 4.8 – 8.8 (56)
Geelong – 4.6 – 9.8 – 12.10 – 18.16 (124)
Adelaide: Douglas 2, Burton, Johncock, Porplyzia, Massie, Edwards, Maric
Geelong: Lonergan 4, Stokes 3, Johnson, Corey, Mooney 2, Ling, Varcoe, Blake, Chapman, Mackie
Adelaide: Goodwin, Edwards, Stevens, Massie
Geelong: Enright, Bartel, Selwood, Mackie, Johnson, Ling, Lonergan
Adelaide: Reilly (knee)
Umpires: Rosebury, Stevic, Chamberlain
Official crowd: 44,377 at AAMI Stadium