Blog log from R7 of 2016: Geelong vs West Coast

The Eagles are kicking with a stiff breeze in Q1. (Q1 1:45)
Gaff pokes a pass to Hill just inside 50m near the boundary. Hill has the wind behind his kick… but just misses. (Q1 6:01)
Motlop runs free up the guts on a fast break, Jetta drops him after kicking so it’s a downfield free to Kersten 20m out in front, albeit he marked it anyway. Kersten first goal. (Q1 7:38)
Hawkins drops a mark on the HFF but the Cats swarm the fall, big pack forms but the ball flips out to Guthrie who baulks and sails through a goal from 45m. (Q1 11:30)
Masten beats Guthrie to mark on the wing and set up a fast break up the middle, Kennedy draws a free on Lonergan 20m out in front and boots goal number one for the Eagles. (Q1 12:41)
Masten goes long to Lycett who also draws a free on Taylor 35m out on a slight angle for an obvious arm chop, despite the Cat home crowd chuntering. He goals as well. (Q1 15:45)
Dangerfield catches Wellingham in a tackle at 50m on a slight angle, the ump hears the crowd roar and pays a red hot HTB free. He misses, footy gods smile. (Q1 20:46)
The Cats go coast to coast from the kick in, Kennedy takes a contested grab on the wing, wheels and hits the hotspot where Darling takes another one. Darling goals. (Q1 21:46)
Dangerfield passes to Duncan 20m out on the flank, who misses badly. (Q1 26:01)
Hill snaps OOTF from 30m on the flank with a man on his hammer. (Q2 2:27)
Danger field marks in midfield, baulks clear and hits Stanley next to the hotspot with a well-placed long kick. Stanley, who was just reported, kicks truly. (Q2 4:15)
Another long kick from halfback to the middle sets up another score, Stanley marks again over Schofield at the hotspot and gives to Motlop to run into the open goal. (Q2 6:23)
Duggan kicks from a stoppage at CHF, Hill draws a rather soft free on Mackie 40m out on a slight angle. Duggan gives off to McGovern who misses. (Q2 8:25)
Again the Cats attack the corridor, Stanley marks at CHB this time and goes quickly, eventually Motlop catches a short Guthrie ball to the hotspot, is called to play on and goals. (Q2 8:59)
Naitanui mops up an errant Ruggles kick, fends and snaps from the pocket 20m out, it lands in the breadbasket of Lycett who turns and goals from near the behind line. (Q2 17:08)
Motlop passes to Lang near CHF, he turns immediately because he saw Bartel drifting down to 25m out on the flank. Jimmy kicks truly. (Q2 18:13)
Dangerfield is decked after clearing from the centre by Redden, Motlop is given the free despite playing on an missing. He goals from 45m in front. (Q2 20:08)
Redden has LeCras on his own forward of the wing, he runs his full measure to 50m on a slight angle but kicks OOTF into the wind. Hmm. (Q2 21:55)
The Cats go coast to coast, of course, with Cockatoo poking a short pass around the 50m paint to Blicavs on a slight angle. But Blicavs misses as well. (Q2 22:39)
Motlop roves a Selwood ball to the pocket after another Redden FA, and gives to Hawkins who screws through a quality finish from 20m. Cats are on FIYAH! (Q2 24:00)
Stanley takes a contested mark in front of McGovern from a Kersten ball to 45m on a slight angle. He misses. (Q2 27:19)
Gaff kicks to no one on the HBF, three Cats there, the pass comes back in to Menzel at 45m on the flank. Menzel uses the breeze to sail through another goal for Geelong. (Q2 30:09)
Wellingham grubbers a shocker from the BP, Kersten roves and tries a kick to the square that’s wide, it dribbles to Bartel who misses from 25m on the flank. (Q2 31:47)
The wind has dropped at half time, as if the Eagles needed any more bad news. (Half Time)
Dangerfield smothers Masten at CHB, gathers and starts a fast break up the wing, ending with a pass to Kersten at 45m on a slight angle for the first goal of Q3. (Q3 1:01)
Caddy it was with the goal assist pass. (Q3 1:16)
Motlop runs free down the HFF on the end of yet another fast break, he stops and hits Menzel at 35m on a slight angle. Menzel hits the post. (Q3 3:31)
Ruggles zones up from defence into space on the wing and hits Kersten on a lead to 40m on the flank, in between two Eagles. Kersten misses. (Q3 7:00)
The Eagles yet again can’t clear halfback on the kick in, Hawkins gives to Guthrie who screws through a goal from 35m on a slight angle. (Q3 8:01)
Enright passes to Kersten 45m out near the boundary, he doesn’t score. (Q3 10:02)
Smith gets a ruck free on Lycett 35m out on a slight angle, but kicks OOTF. (Q3 11:01)
Blicavs leads and marks a Taylor ball to 45m on a slight angle, but misses. (Q3 12:46)
Darling draws a free for a rough challenge front on by Ruggles 40m out in the corridor. He misses badly, to the cheers of the rollicking home crowd. (Q3 14:17)
Lycett beats Blicavs and Lonergan to clunk a long Yeo ball up the guts to the hotspot, impressive play. He goals, two for him. One of the rare good Eagle players today. (Q3 16:02)
Redden runs to 50m on a slight angle after the next centre bounce but his shot to an empty square takes a leg break the wrong side of the goalpost. (Q3 17:16)
Kennedy snaps from the pocket but across the face… Hill marks next to the behind post and kicks another one for West Coast. Almost junk time, not quite though. (Q3 18:28)
Redden rides a double tackle after a stoppage and gives outside to Kennedy for a snap across the body off a step from 25m on the flank… that’s good as well! (Q3 20:09)
Another centre clearance to West Coast, Cripps gathers near CHF and gives to Darling who baulks clear and goals from 40m! Eagles are coming all of a sudden! (Q3 21:12)
Naitanui has bobbed up at centre bounces in the last five minutes. (Q3 21:12)
Priddis from the next centre bounce, Kennedy takes a contested mark in front of Lonergan at 45m on a slight angle. JJK starts it right but it swings left and straight through! (Q3 22:32)
Amazing turnaround, that is the power of Naitanui. (Q3 23:02)
Dangerfield runs away from the next centre bounce but the Eagle defence holds. (Q3 23:33)
Priddis misses a handball target on the wing, long ball to a back at the top of the square, the crumb falls for Caddy to volley home from 10m while lying down! (Q3 25:49)
Selwood passes to Bartel at 40m on the flank after drawing a trademark free on Yeo for high contact. Jimmy’s set shot is straight but falls in the square for McGovern to mark. (Q3 27:32)
Lycett dives and marks a Sheppard screw ball from the wing to 45m on the flank. He lines up in the last minute before 3QT, suddenly a huge kick… falls in the square, rushed. (Q3 29:33)
Hurn gets stripped in a tackle at the top of the Cat goalsquare, the crumb falls for Cockatoo who spins on a threepence and goals over his shoulder to begin Q4. (Q4 0:50)
Motlop caps off his best game in quite some time with a snap from 30m on the flank after roving a Blicavs ruck tap for his fourth goal! Glasses down, game over. (Q4 2:50)
Mackie goes low and hard from the HFF to Duncan in the middle of the Eagle web at the hotspot. He misses. (Q4 4:10)
LeCras passes to Kennedy near the behind post, too short for a mark so he plays on but snaps across the face. (Q4 5:54)
Mackie bounces through a long goal from 55m in front after receiving from Guthrie to kick off the official start of garbage time. (Q4 9:40)
Kersten gathers a bouncing ball in the pocket and gives a Joe the Goose special to Hawkins. Party time! (Q4 9:40)
LeCras runs into the open goal after a Joe the Goose special by Hill. (Q4 13:10)
Darling marks over the back of Mackie at the top of the square and kicks another junk time goal. (Q4 17:52)
Lang gets a free on Jetta on the wing, the pass goes in to Hawkins at 50m on the flank. The Tomahawk gives the crowd something to cheer with his third major. (Q4 19:38)
Caddy misses from a stoppage near the hotspot. (Q4 22:34)
Hill roves a Taylor spoil and has a ping from 30m near the boundary… hits the post. (Q4 23:51)
Jetta breaks a tackle ant CHF and goals from 45m, to a massively humongous amount of rank disinterest from the Cat faithful. (Q4 27:51)
Selwood passes to Hawkins at 40m on the flank for a miss. (Q4 27:51)
Dangerfield gives to Hawkins who misses with a snap from 50m on a slight angle. (Q4 27:51)
Kersten catches Schofield HTB in the pocket 30m out. He threads the needle with his third goal of the afternoon. It’s all coming up Milhouse for Geelong. (Full Time)

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