Blog log from R8 of 2016: Adelaide vs Geelong

Hawkins sprays a snap from near the hotspot, rather hurrying when he had time and didn’t hear anyone calling him to slow up. (Q1 1:30)
Zac Smith intercepts in midfield, the quick rebound ends with Enright finding Stanley who draws an arm chop free on Cheney at 45m on a slight angle… another miss. (Q1 3:41)
Menzel draws another arm chop free at much the same spot, this time against Hartigan. Menzel also misses. (Q1 4:57)
Kersten chases a loose ball in the pocket and sends it high to the hotspot, Blicavs is spoiled but Motlop is front and centre, he goals off a wobbly left boot. (Q1 5:43)
Guthrie misses a running snap from 50m on a slight angle, that one was more difficult. (Q1 7:13)
Brodie Smith turns the ball over on the HBF straight to Gregson, eventually Stanley gives to Guthrie who feints and shoots from 30m on the flank… into the post. (Q1 7:59)
Walker marks a short Brown ball on the boundary in front of Henderson 40m out, plays on immediately and screws through a big goal to get the crowd up and about! (Q1 9:53)
Betts marks a Lynch ball 45m out in front, he gives to Henderson who misses. (Q1 14:08)
Menzel goes long from the HFF with a wobbler that lands in the breadbasket of Kersten behind Cheney 20m out in front. Kersten makes no mistake. (Q1 16:13)
Bews roves a Walker contest at the Crows hotspot but blind turns into trouble, two Crows monster him, Walker wins the HTB free and boots his second goal. (Q1 18:15)
Kersten drops a quick Zac Smith ball to the top of the square, butters up in the pocket and gives to Motlop who tries to step Milera but can’t do it, eventually snaps OOTF from 25. (Q1 25:29)
Zac Smith releases Motlop as the loose man to bounce twice down the wing, reach 30m on the flank and decide to pass to Menzel the other side of the hotspot. Menzel goals. (Q1 26:40)
Geelong tries to handball through the Cat defence but the last give is by Lang to Hawkins in the square who is swamped by three Crows, rushed just before the QT siren. (Q1 29:05)
Menzel marks the first centre clearance of Q2 at CHF, wheels and goes to Hawkins who beats Talia one on one to mark 20m out on a slight angle. The Tomahawk misses badly. (Q2 0:53)
Menzel leaps and marks a Stanley ball over Lever on the boundary 30m out. Menzel also misses. (Q2 1:50)
Bews kicks blindly from a stoppage in the BP but straight to Sloane on the HFF 50m out, but Sloane tries a pass that doesn’t work, Cats clear. (Q2 3:57)
Like last week, Adelaide is giving up a massive amount of inside 50s to the opposition. Only the Cats’ poor set shot kicking is preventing this blowing out. (Q2 4:26)
Jenkins pushes Taylor off the contest for a bouncing Walker handball on the HFF, and passes to McGovern at 30m on the flank. McGovern goals. (Q2 5:11)
Hawkins misses another set shot, this time from 35m on the boundary. (Q2 8:08)
Bews spoils a high ball to the square meant for Betts but doesn’t kill it, Betts fights on and wins the free for another valuable goal against the run of play. (Q2 9:57)
Guthrie releases Enright to run up the guts and pass to Kersten at 40m on a slight angle. Kersten’s set shot kisses the goalpost on the way through. (Q2 11:42)
The underrated Guthrie passes to Motlop near the behind post, who almost misses the set shot but doesn’t. (Q2 17:47)
All the key stats are going Geelong’s way except scoreboard conversion, which may catch up with them, but they are so dominant maybe it won’t when their luck changes. (Q2 18:02)
Cameron sails through a long snap from CHF for a goal after Bews slips over at halfback allowing a fast counter with no one behind him. (Q2 19:42)
Dangerfield tries something similar up the other end but it bounces well wide. (Q2 22:58)
The Cats have the loose man on a fast break around the outer wing, Stanley gives to Kersten who has more than enough time to fumble, gather, run his full measure and goal from 15m. (Q2 25:08)
Lynch kicks quickly from the HFF to the hotspot where McGovern is spoiled but the ump pays an arm chop free, Atkins plays on and goals anyway. (Q3 0:34)
Sloane with the next centre clearance to CHF, Taylor gathers and gives to Jacobs whose quick ball to the square favours Betts playing in front of Bews. Eddie goals, scores level! (Q3 1:40)
Cameron turns the ball over at halfback, Motlop roves and threads the needle with a quality snap from the pocket 25m out! (Q3 3:51)
Another turnover on the HBF for Adelaide, Selwood gets a handball and misses from 45m. (Q3 5:50)
Caddy misses a snap across the body from a ball in to the pocket 25m out. (Q3 7:50)
Caddy marks behind Hawkins at the hotspot… someone finally gets a set shot on line for the Cats. (Q3 8:56)
Betts misses a grubber under heavy tackling pressure from a hotspot deep in the pocket. (Q3 11:37)
Lang has Stanley standing on his own forward of a pack on the HFF, he goals to give Geelong their first significant lead of the evening. (Q3 14:00)
The Cats are finally putting scoreboard pressure on to make good of their dominance over the rest of the ground and the stat sheet. (Q3 14:27)
Jenkins flies across a pack 20m out in front with two big Cats flailing behind him to clunk a long ball from the HFF. He goals. (Q3 15:41)
Ruggles fumbles at half forward allowing Cameron to pounce and immediately go long, McGovern gathers and turns Taylor then shoots off the right… big goal from 40m! (Q3 21:42)
Milera marks on the HFF, gets up quickly and goes short to Sloane near the boundary 45m out. Sloane kicks truly, Crows back within a point! (Q3 23:17)
Motlop traps a Dangerfield ball on the wing, assesses his options and chooses the right one with a long ball over the Crow zone for Duncan to run onto and into the open goal! (Q3 30:51)
Jacobs kicks long from the next centre bounce, two Cats spoil but go to ground, Jenkins gathers in the pocket and snaps while falling over from 20m… big goal in red time! (Q3 32:13)
Mackie passes to Menzel at CHF, he goes to Kersten in the pocket 20m out to mark behind Lever. Kersten misses badly. (Q4 3:16)
If this game is going to come down to Kersten’s set shot kicking, Geelong may have a problem. (Q4 3:46)
Kersten dithers in the BP and is claimed by Betts for a HTB free. The crowd chants, but Eddie kicks across the face from 30m. (Q4 7:16)
Lynch centres from the boundary to the top of the square where Seedsman flies and marks 15m out. But he sprays a soda for a behind! Oh dear. (Q4 9:18)
Selwood spoils on the HFF, the ball is flipped out to Enright who shoots off a step from 50m on a slight angle… just falls in! (Q4 12:31)
Zac Smith bombs long from the next centre bounce, Motlop roves the Hawkins contest at the hotspot, spins clear and checksides through a massive goal! (Q4 13:30)
Lang roves a stoppage on the HFF chipping in front of Brodie Smith and snaps off a step from 40m on a slight angle… sneaks inside the same goalpost as Enright’s effort! (Q4 15:34)
That snap got a lovely leg break past the goalpost. (Q4 16:02)
Mackie is paid a red hot deliberate OOB free under a Milera tackle 20m out. Milera misses near side. (Q4 18:50)
Jenkins is spoiled 20m out but butters up and has Walker waiting for a Joe the Goose… but Taylor catches him HTB, the moment is lost. (Q4 21:18)
Lang catches a short Jacobs ball from the Cats BP to 40m on a slight angle, plays on before the ump blows the mark and misses. (Q4 23:30)
Motlop catches Brown HTB to prevent another attack on the Crow HFF. (Q4 24:17)
McGovern gives to Lynch who snaps OOTF off balance from 40m in front. (Q4 25:50)
Sloane marks on the HFF but his inside 50 kick is terrible, cut off by Enright. (Q4 26:13)
Clock now under 3:30, the Crows need to get a wriggle on. (Q4 26:13)
Mackie has Kersten over the back in the square to mark a long ball on a fast break and kick the sealing goal. (Q4 27:22)
Selwood hits the post from a pack 40m out on the flank. (Q4 31:36)

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