Geelong consolidates top two spot with 101-point win over St Kilda

 GEELONG and St Kilda came together to pay a touching tribute to quadriplegic Casey Tutungi after the Cats steamrolled the Saints by 101 points at Simonds Stadium tonight.

The Cats lost ruckman Dawson Simpson to injury but almost everything else went perfectly for the Cats whose renewed commitment to defence was on show. The 24-year-old injury-plagued Simpson may have played his last game for the season after dislocating his kneecap in a ruck contest in the second quarter but the Cats are confident he has escaped the dreaded injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.

Forward James Podsiadly also blighted an otherwise excellent game which included a mark of the year contender by collecting St Kilda midfielder Jack Steven with an elbow to  the head.
But in every other area the news was positive for the Cats whose complete control after quarter time – when scores were level – saw them kick the last 14 goals to win 21.11 (137) to 5.6 (36).
St Kilda struggled to penetrate the watertight Geelong defence which allowed the Saints only 26 entries inside 50m.
Steven Motlop was electric, kicking four goals from his 29 possessions while Tom Hawkins (five goals) and Podsiadly (two goals and 11 marks ) were far too strong and accomplished for the undersized Saints defence.
At the other end, Andrew Mackie, Mitch Brown (in arguably his best AFL outing) and Corey Enright were almost impassable on the back of the team’s defensive stranglehold.
The Saints had started the game brightly, with four goals to two in the first 17 minutes, with Jack Steven, Leigh Montagna and Nick Dal Santo all prominent, but the Saints managed just one more goal for the night as the Cats’ greater depth of contributors told.
Joel Selwood kicked three goals  to top his 32-possession game as the Cats had winning players on every line.
The Saints’ threadbare defence, already missing Sam Fisher and Sam Gilbert, was also further hit, when James Gwilt was subbed off with a knee injury midway through the second term.
Skipper Nick Riewoldt ended the game a spectator after limping off with what appeared a left foot or ankle injury in the third term.
 The Cats had already regained second spot when Essendon’s percentage took a hit with their belting from Hawthorn on Friday night, but tonight’s comprehensive victory further bolstered their advantage over the Bombers.
Tonight’s match contributed to the fundraising initiatives for Tutungi who has played for the Cats VFL team.  Tutungi suffered his horrible injury playing for GFL club South Barwon earlier this year.
GEELONG 4.1, 12.5, 16.9, 21.11 (137)
ST KILDA 4.1, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, (36)
Goals: Geelong: T Hawkins 5 S Motlop 4 J Selwood 3 J Podsiadly 2 S Johnson 2 T Varcoe 2 A Mackie J Kelly N Vardy. St Kilda: N Riewoldt 2 T Lee 2 L Montagna.
Best: Geelong: S Motlop J Selwood T Hawkins S Johnson A Mackie C Enright J Kelly. St Kilda: L Montagna J Steven N Dal Santo J Newnes L Hayes. Umpires: Scott Jeffery, Sam Hay, Andrew Mitchell.
Venue: Simonds Stadium.
Cats v Saints 1/4 time
Cats 4.1 (25)
Saints 4.1 (25)
The Saints, kicking with a breeze, kicked three goals in a row to jump to an early 12-point lead. The Cats dominated the final 10 minutes of the quarter with Steven Motlop (6k, 4hb, 4m, 1 goal and a kick to himself while taking a set shot) and Steve Johnson (4k, 3hb) very busy. The Saints scored 5 times from 7 inside 50s.
Cats v Saints 1/2 time
Cats 12.5 (77)
Saints 5.1 (31)
Geelong lose Dawson Simpson to a knee injury, leaving Nathan Vardy as the Cats’ ruckman. But the Cats kick into top gear with Motlop in scintillating form and Tom Hawkins (four goals) and James Podsiadly (two goals and a mark of the year contender), looking too big, strong  and talented for the undersized Saints’ defenders. Podsiadly’s crude elbow on Jack Steven might land him in trouble, however.
Cats v Saints 3/4 time
Cats 16.9 (105)
Saints 5.5 (35)
The Cats lock the Saints out of the game with 4.4 to 0.4 for the term.  Andrew Mackie (20 disposals), Mitch Brown (16) and Corey Enright (17) were almost impassable. The Saints have only been inside 50 only 19 times and only five scoring shots since quarter time.
Cats v Saints Fulltime
Cats 21.11 (137)
Saints 5.6 (36)
An injured Nick Riewoldt left the Saints a man short as the Cats went on their merry way,  winning by 101 points.  The Saints kicked just 1.5 after quarter time. Joel Selwood kicked his third goal for the match to top his 32-possession game as the Cats had winning players on every line.
Source: Geelong Advertiser