Geelong Cats beat St Kilda by 96 points in AFL clash at Kardinia Park

Photo: Team mates George Horlin-Smith and Steven Motlop run in to congratulate Mathew Stokes after he kicked a Geelong goal. (AAP: David Crosling)

Photo: Team mates George Horlin-Smith and Steven Motlop congratulate Mathew Stokes after he kicked a Geelong goal. (AAP: David Crosling)

Geelong put St Kilda to the sword at Kardinia Park on Sunday as they handed the Saints a 96-point thrashing.

Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan, Tom Hawkins and Josh Walker kicked three goals apiece for the Cats, who won 20.13 (133) to 5.7 (37).

Only last-quarter goals to Cameron Shenton, Jack Billings and David Armitage spared St Kilda the ignominy of recording what would have been their lowest score against Geelong in more than a century.

The Saints have now lost seven matches on the trot and slipped to last spot on the ladder following Greater Western Sydney’s victory over Brisbane on Saturday night.

St Kilda could not have made a brighter start, with Maverick Weller kicking the first goal of the match after just 13 seconds.

Geelong responded by kicking 12 of the other 13 goals of the first half, a sequence broken only when Nick Riewoldt was awarded a free kick directly in front of goal.

But by the end of the term the Saints skipper was cutting a forlorn figure playing as a loose man in defence as Geelong piled on the pressure.

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson had activated his sub well before the long break, taking off key forward Tom Lee and replacing him with Clint Jones.

The scoring dried up somewhat for the Cats in the second half, although full-forward Hawkins was more potent late in the game, finishing with three goals and 13 marks.

The Cats’ best players included Mathew Stokes, Steven Motlop, Jimmy Bartel and Hawkins.

“Focusing on our game and not worrying about the opposition too much, we thought we implemented some of the things we worked on during the week,” said Geelong coach Chris Scott. “I thought some of our offence was pretty good. I thought Tom Hawkins was really good, he just didn’t convert.”

Former skipper Lenny Hayes and Seb Ross tried hard for the visitors.

Geelong travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday to take on the Suns, while the Saints tackle West Coast at Docklands next Sunday.

Richardson said the Saints now had to battle to regain respect, starting with West Coast.

“We let our fans down, we let each other down, we let our footy club down in terms of what is expected when you pull on the Saints’ jumper,” he said. “Your commitment to defend and want to get the ball back, particularly with respect to applying significant effort and physicality needs to be a given and that was not the case.”


20.13 (133)
St Kilda

5.7 (37)
at Kardinia Park, June 15 2014
379 Disposals 303
33 Clearances 37
57 Inside 50 34
69 Tackles 63
Geelong: 20.13 (133) – M Duncan 3, T Hawkins 3, J Selwood 3, J Walker 3, J Murdoch 2, J Bartel, M Stokes, A Mackie, S Motlop, D Lang, J StringerSt Kilda: 5.7 (37) – M Weller, D Armitage, J Billings, C Shenton, N Riewoldt.Source: