Geelong have solidified their premiership claims after a classy 55-85 win over an uninspired Carlton.
It was the eighth win in a row for coach Chris Scott’s men as they time their run leading to the end of 2022.
The stakes were high for this clash, with a Blues win that kept them in the top four and a Cats win that kept them at the top of the AFL ladder.
However, it was Geelong who took credit in a match suspected by Carlton’s inability to break the well-oiled machine that makes up Geelong’s structure, and even when they did, they failed to pressurize the scoreboard. to put.
The first half was evenly fought and the Cats seemed able to hold back any building momentum the Blues had forged, resulting in a 17-point lead going into the main break.
Joel Selwood (25 disposals, nine points), Zach Tuohy (24 disposals, six tackles) and Mitch Duncan (26 disposals, nine points) showed their class in suppressing the damage the powerful Blues midfielders took, creating several chances that went the other way.
Sam Docherty (29 strokes), Sam Walsh (33 sales, six points) and Zac Fisher (27 sales, six points) gathered a lot from the football and gave Carlton every chance to move forward, but it wasn’t enough as they struggled to convert their submissions.
A three-to-third-quarter goal brought the buffer to 29 points as the Blues struggled to match the silky cats who were at their most sparkly.
Jeremy Cameron (three goals, 18 disposals) and Tom Hawkins (two goals, 14 disposals) took advantage of the Blues’ underpowered defenses and combined for five goals as the Cats took the game in a blistering final run.
Hawthorn great Dermott Brereton beamed after the big win over the Cats and Joel Selwood.
“Selwood has been fantastic, what a bull,” he continued AFL Nation.
“At least the Cats look like the favorite of the premiership.”
Sam Menegola was taken out of the game and replaced by Jed Bews in the second term after a delayed tackle resulted in a concussion.
Geelong travels to Adelaide Oval next week to take on Port Adelaide, while Carlton hosts GWS at Marvel in a bid to regain much-needed momentum.
Carlton: 4.1, 5.1, 6.3, 8.7 (55)
Geelong: 3.4, 7.6, 10.8, 12.13 (85)
Carlton: Curnow 3, Cripps, Motlop, Hewett, The King, Silvagni
Geelong: Cameron 3, Hawkins 2, Holmes 2, Atkins, Stanley, Stengle, Guthrie, Miers
Carlton: S Walsh, G Hewett, S Docherty, Z Fisher
Geelong: J Cameron, J Selwood, M Duncan, Z Tuohy, M Blicavs
Geelong: Sam Menegola (concussion)