Blog log from R2 of 2017: Geelong vs North Melbourne

Preuss gets a handball from Ziebell on the wing and goes long to the hotspot where Brown has two steps on Lonergan to mark and boot the first goal. (Q1 0:30)
Mackie passes to Parfitt 40m out on a slight angle, whose set shot is a little bit uppish, but straight enough. (Q1 3:05)
McDonald sails through an excellent set shot from 50m on a slight angle after Murdoch pushes him in the back post disposal. (Q1 4:45)
North gets a fast break going up the guts, they run in a big wave, the long ball to Daw causes Lonergan to sling him around the neck 20m out, obvious free, goal. (Q1 9:31)
Garner misses a set shot from 45m on a slight angle. (Q1 14:31)
Brown leaps in front of Mackie to mark 35m out on the flank, he trots in and steers through goal number two. (Q1 16:31)
Daw down to Higgins at the next centre bounce, the clearance kick is marked by Turner 45m out on a slight angle. Turner just misses. (Q1 17:46)
Hrovat passes to Brown on a short lead to 20m on the flank, with Thurlow trailing badly. Brown misses everything. (Q1 20:31)
Dumont catches Lang HTB next to the hotspot and kicks the fifth Kangaroo goal of Q1. The Roos have the jump! (Q1 22:16)
Menzel beats Thompson one-on-one in a wrestle to mark at the hotspot for his first goal. (Q1 24:01)
Gibson releases Higgins to run away from a pack in the centre and launch from 55m… it sails through! (Q1 25:33)
Dangerfield busts a three-man pack on the HFF 45m out to mark a Mackie ball in one strong grab. Danger misses. (Q1 28:31)
Selwood hits a loose ball at full pace running sideways under pressure, he screws the ball back from the pocket 15m out but too far. (Q2 1:18)
Daw picks up a loose ball at half forward and gives to Higgins streaming through, but the ex-Dog snaps wide from the hotspot. (Q2 2:25)
Menzel roves his own drop running back near the behind post and screws through a nice finish from 10m. (Q2 5:24)
A downfield free against Garner on Duncan plus 50m against Williams gifts Selwood a set shot from the hotspot, but he misses. (Q2 7:52)
Thurlow marks outside CHF but Preuss cannons into his back to give away 50m, get reported and concede the goal. (Q2 9:00)
McCarthy passes to Hawkins at the hotspot for his first kick of the game, it’s his first goal as well. (Q2 10:56)
Turner passes to Brown to mark over Ruggles 50m out on a slight angle. No one to pass to so he has to go back for the set shot… shank, Simpkin gives to Gibson who snaps truly! (Q2 13:10)
Simpkin roves a Ziebell ball to the square and snaps truly from 20m on the flank, but was it touched off the boot by Tuohy? Yes it was. (Q2 14:51)
After Ziebell gives away another downfield free on the wing for a late challenge, Stanley marks near the hotspot. He misses. (Q2 16:10)
Macmillan marks 40m out on the flank on the end of a length-of-the-ground rebound. He kicks very straight, North getting full value for their work. (Q2 18:10)
Dangerfield sets up Horlin-Smith to run from the next centre bounce to true CHF and kick his first goal. (Q2 19:00)
Hawkins drops a Lang ball to the square, gathers and tries a snap over his shoulder from 5m out… just a behind. Oh dear. (Q2 20:02)
Stewart catches Turner so high he almost missed him after Turner roves a Thomas contest at the hotspot. Turner chips it wide. (Q2 23:40)
Ziebell marks behind a pack on a slow play down the wing to 45m near the boundary. He misses. (Q2 27:54)
Duncan sails through a lovely snap on the run from the HFF after a stoppage to make the scoreboard look a little better than it should for Geelong leading into HT. (Q2 30:10)
Selwood goes high from the next centre bounce for Taylor to run onto it playing in front of Hansen 45m out in front. Taylor runs in left and kicks way left. (Q2 31:17)
Tuohy roves a pack in the North square but Turner tackles and forces him to cough it up to Thomas who does the rest off the left before two Cats converge. (Q3 0:51)
Cunnington clears from the next centre bounce, Lonergan is pinged for hands in the back on Brown 40m out on a slight angle. Brown boots his third goal. (Q3 1:55)
McDonald passes to Simpkin 35m out on a slight angle after Daw chases two Cats to a loose ball in the pocket to lay pressure. Simpkin misses, though. (Q3 5:52)
Hawkins outmarks Thompson and converts a set shot from true CHF after Tuohy plays on from the kick in and starts a rebound up the guts. (Q3 7:28)
Ziebell chases an errant Thomas handball to the pocket and goes back to Higgins outside 50m on a slight angle, he plays on and roosts a big goal! (Q3 8:55)
Hrovat passes to Thomas on the lead in front of Mackie 35m out on the flank. LT steers that one through, none of the yips of last week. (Q3 10:06)
Thomas marks near the boundary 40m out, this is a more testing set shot for his third for Q3… no good. (Q3 11:22)
Turner is on his own for a centring Thomas ball from the wing over CHF, he runs to 40m on a slight angle and slams through another one! (Q3 13:07)
Horlin-Smith runs down the boundary and centres to the top of the square where Thompson gives away a free to Menzel for a goal to stop the Roo onslaught. (Q3 14:26)
Dangerfield marks with two grabs in front of Thompson at 50m on the flank, but misses. (Q3 19:05)
Ziebell misses McDonald on the last line, Dangerfield pounces and goals with ease. Oh dear! (Q3 20:33)
Higgins bombs long to an empty square after the next centre bounce, Garner is first back to volley home! (Q3 21:35)
Hawkins converts a set shot from 15m on the flank after marking a Horlin-Smith ball. (Q3 27:57)
Duncan gives away 50m to bring Turner from long range on the HFF to the goal line for a simple goal. (Q3 29:54)
Brown goes to ground under a Stewart tackle at the hotspot but gives out to Simpkin who snaps across his body off the left boot for his first senior goal. (Q3 32:10)
Hawkins marks with skill with his right hand just seconds before the 3QT siren. He walks in to shoot from 40m on the flank… it’s good! (Q3 33:25)
Henderson sails through a nice finish from the HFF on a rebound play through the centre started by Stanley. (Q4 2:17)
Dangerfield beats Preuss to mark on the HFF, he feeds Selwood who centres to Blicavs 20m out for another one. The Cats are coming, as you knew they would. (Q4 5:31)
Thompson intercepts on the wing and starts a switch play, Brown storms onto a Garner ball 45m out on the flank in front of Ruggles. Brown runs in right and shoots right. (Q4 10:12)
Garner sprays a set shot from much the same area OOTF. (Q4 12:12)
Two Roos fumble a ground ball at half back to allow Motlop to pounce and go to Menzel over the back at the top of the square. Menzel kicks his fourth goal. (Q4 14:09)
Stewart gives to Lang on a fast break from half back, he runs his full measure and levels the scores with a booming kick from CHF! (Q4 17:40)
Clock ticks under 5:00 with neither side finding targets in attack. (Q4 20:31)
Stewart kicks from the last line under heavy pressure but it lands in the arms of Thompson 45m out on a slight angle. SDT goes back for the set shot, and shanks it, ball in. (Q4 21:29)
The Cats clear, stoppage in the Geelong FP, 3:12. (Q4 21:29)
The Roos rebound from the stoppage via Cunnington, he gets involved with the give to Williams at CHF who bounces through a massive goal! 2:36 to go. (Q4 21:29)
Tuohy misses on the run from 40m on a slight angle after the next centre bounce. (Q4 24:22)
Motlop’s inside 50 is spoiled by Thompson for a throw in in the pocket, 1:49 left. (Q4 24:59)
Horlin-Smith gets caught high by McDonald after the throw in, he lines up from near the hotspot as the clock ticks towards a minute to go… it’s good! (Q4 24:22)
One minute exactly to go at the next centre bounce. Preuss the key now. (Q4 24:22)
Preuss to Cunnington to Higgins, but the Cats clear and DAnbgerfield mops it up on the wing, Selwood starts some tempo. (Q4 27:27)
Preuss intercepts on the HBF and starts a rebound, but a stoppage on the wing with four seconds to go. (Q4 27:54)
Siren, Cats by a point! (Q4 28:22)

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