Lions deny Cats with fairytale finish

AT 52 points up against Brisbane, the Geelong Cats looked to be starting the second half of its AFL season with the sort of four-quarter performance coach Chris Scott had been searching for prior to the mid-season break. To say it wasn’t to be is an understatement.

The Lions kicked 10 of the last 11 goals to snatch a fairytale victory after the siren with Ash McGrath,  in his 200th game, kicking the final goal from outside 50m.
Brisbane kicked eight goals to one in the final quarter to run out 15.13 (103) to 14.14 (98) victors at the Gabba today.
Daniel Rich’s booming goal with less than two minutes to play levelled scores before Geelong’s Tom Hawkins appeared to have got the Cats out of jail with a behind. But the Lions had enough time for one last attack, finding McGrath who nailed a set shot from outside 50 to seal a remarkable win for the home team. The result hadn’t looked likely but the Lions booted eight goals to one in the final term to secure their fourth win of the campaign and consign the Cats to just their second defeat.
Simon Black was outstanding for the Lions with 33 disposals while Brent Moloney kicked three goals and was a major player in the Lions’ comeback.
McGrath also booted three goals while Rich bagged two.
Cats skipper Joel Selwood was among the best for the visitors, while Hawkins (three), Steve Johnson (two) and Allen Christensen (two) booted multiple goals.
Johnson will face a nervous wait after a heavy bump on Pearce Hanley left the Irishman groggy in the first quarter.
The triple premiership player wasn’t placed on report but could find himself in hot water when the match review panel looks over the weekend’s action.

BRISBANE  3.2 5.4   7.8   15.13 (103)

GEELONG   5.3 9.7 13.10 14.14 (98)

Goals: Brisbane: A McGrath 3 B Moloney 3 D Rich 2 D Zorko J Adcock J Brown J Lisle J Patfull M Golby P Hanley. Geelong: T Hawkins 3 A Christensen 2 S Johnson 2 S Motlop 2 A Mackie C Guthrie J Murdoch J Podsiadly M Blicavs.
Best: Brisbane: S Black A McGrath B Moloney D Rich D Merrett M Leuenberger.
Geelong: J Selwood S Johnson M Stokes T Hawkins J Bartel J Corey.
Umpires: Chris Donlon, Stuart Wenn, Jordan Bannister.
Venue: Gabba.
Cats v Lions 1/4 time:
Cats  5.3 (53)
Lions 3.2 (20)
Brisbane showed commendable resilience after the Cats dominated the opening minutes which netted goals to Tom Hawkins and Andrew Mackie. In his first game of the season, Cats ruckman Dawson Simpson was helping to win centre clearances. The Lions settled to register the next three goal before late goals – including back-to-back efforts by Allen Christensen –  saw the Cats wrestle back the lead.
Cats v Lions 1/2 time:
Cats 9.7 (61)
Lions 5.4 (34)
The Cats dominated inside 50s for the half (39-21) with Mathew Stokes (18 disposals) and Corey Enright (17) prominent. A goal to Mark Blicavs topped an impressive quarter for the developing big man who appeared to be playing on a wing.
Cats v Lions 3/4 time:
Cats 13.10 (88)
Lions 7.8 (50)
The Cats put a stranglehold on the Lions and take an equal grip on the game by kicking the first four goals of the quarter. Geelong’s midfield dominated with Bartel, Johnson, Stokes and Selwood showing their class.  A couple of late goals to Brisbane but the Cats appear to be on the cusp of their first four-quarter performance of the season.
Cats v Lions Fulltime:
Cats 14.14 (98)
Lions 15.13 (103)
A sterling quarter by Brent Maloney stirred the Lions into action and they smashed the Cats out of the middle, adding three quick goals to suddenly be full of running. A Steve Johnson goal appeared to stem the tide but still the Lions came and the fairytale came complete when Ash McGrath, in his 200th game,  kicked the Lions’ eighth-goal of the quarter after the siren to steal a remarkable victory.

Source: Geelong Advertiser