Not sure what was up with Stef tonight. We were clearly not favouring him in the first two thirds and then he woke up a bit at the end, but, yeah, that was not a good game from him and I'm not sure what was up there. Birchall was also not great. I don't think we can afford two fulltime rucks and I don't think we can carry Birchall playing like that.
Votes for Neale. Not his best game but, I mean, who else can I give votes for. Rayner was really good, fantastic game from him especially coming back sore. Ah Chee played a great game, good to see. McCluggage I definitely owe a vote and he was good again, especially hampered. And then... going to give my last vote to Lyons I guess.
16 scoring shots to 18. We played the worst we have in about 2 years and Geelong managed to beat us purely through ridiculous accuracy. Tough game, learn the lessons and move on..McCarthy surely on thin ice.
Neale, Rayner, Berry, McCluggage and Ah Chee were our best I reckon. Both our rucks were ineffectual mostly.
How about the flopping and pleading to the umpires by Geelong though. Genuinely embarrassing.
Great first half of really tough footy, they came at us from the get go and we weathered the storm to put a few on the board.
We simply just didn't come out after half-time though, that 3rd quarter was seriously impressive by the Cats. They tore us up and gave us a lesson and honestly this was a great lesson for us to have and won't be the last one for us on the way to a premiership.
Thought we did a good job to actually stop the bleeding towards the end of the 3rd and then battled hard in the fourth to not get blown out.
Hopefully we respond against GWS though, I'll be more disappointed if we get smacked next week.
Looked tired from the second, flat footed and undersized, chasing tail, easy to tackle, without the speed got rag dolled too often, so many errors and lead up forwards??? We had a mare, they had a mare against Carlton, at their home ground. When they stepped up a gear we red-lined, happens. Also I know Danger gets a bit of heat on here but was pleased to see him chatting with Rayner (who ran with him for a while) after the game, nice touch.
Look back at basically every premiership of the last 20 years. Everyone has copped a loss like this. Look at Geelong in 07' who had two terrible performances then went on to dominate. Hawks had their issues too. The best teams learn from it and bounce back.
11 days is a quality period of time to hit reset and bounce back. Let's back our boys in.
From about half way through the second quarter, we were pretty poor at applying pressure in the forward half (both midfielders and forwards) and getting repeat entries. The ball was entering shallow into the forward 50 and Geelong were able to get it out far too easily.
Midfield got absolutely smashed in that third quarter. Reminiscent of what we did to Port in the second quarter last week. Martin and Oscar were especially poor as well. Geelong are field part timers, and our pair were easily neutralised and well beaten.