CATS' FINALS HOPES SNUFFED OUT BY
INSIPID PERFORMANCE AGAINST MAGPIES; MENZEL MAKES PERFECT COMEBACK Ben Jensen 30 August 2015
ROUND 22 2015: GEELONG CATS V COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES
DANIEL MENZEL made a perfect comeback after four years out of the game,
kicking four goals and taking a good hanger of a mark.
Unfortunately that was where the positives ended for the Cats, who let
slip seven Magpie goals in the first quarter, the only goal coming courtesy
of Menzel, setting the tone for the evening. The Cats only out-scored
the Magpies in the third quarter, in the end being defeated by 48 points.
Thus ending any hope of making the 2015 AFL final series, the first
time the Cats will not play in the finals since the 2006 season. Next
Saturday will be the last game with the Cats for at least a couple players
but nobody outside the club is yet sure who, at least some of veterans
Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Jimmy Bartel, Matthew Stokes won't go around
next year. The match will be against Adelaide who made certain of their
finals appearance with a comprehensive win over West Coast today.
BEST COLLINGWOOD: Greenwood, Pendlebury, De Goey, Adams, Crisp, Moore,
Grundy GEELONG: Menzel, Blicavs, Mackie, Guthrie, Kolodjashnij
INJURIES COLLINGWOOD: Dane Swan (right knee), Ben Sinclair (broken hand) GEELONG: Nil reported
SUBSTITUTES COLLINGWOOD: Jonathan Marsh, who replaced Dane Swan at half time GEELONG: Jordan Murdoch, who replaced Josh Walker in the third
CHANGES COLLINGWOOD: Travis Cloke (hamstring soreness) replaced in selected
side by Jesse White GEELONG: Andrew Mackie (quad tightness) replaced in the selected
side by Billie Smedts.
UMPIRES: Jeffrey, Mollison, Nicholls
TIP: Cats by 17 points
40,582 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Mathew Stokes, Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith OUT:
Jordan Murdoch (Finger), Jed Bews (Omitted), Darcy Lang (Achilles)
Jake Kolodjashnij, Tom Lonergan, Corey Enright HB: Cameron Guthrie, Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie C: Steven Motlop, Joel Selwood, Nakia Cockatoo HF: Cory Gregson, Nathan Vardy, Mathew Stokes F: Daniel Menzel, Tom Hawkins, Steve Johnson FOLL: Mark Blicavs, James Kelly, Jimmy Bartel INT: Josh Cowan, George Horlin-Smith, Jackson Thurlow, Josh
Walker EMER: Jed Bews, Jordan Cunico, Shane Kersten
Jake Lever, Kyle Hartigan, Rory Laird HB: Nathan Van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Ricky Henderson C: Brodie Smith, Rory Sloane, Rory Atkins HF: Charlie Cameron, Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts F: Tom Lynch, Josh Jenkins, Matt Crouch FOLL: Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Thompson INT: Luke Brown, Richard Douglas, Jarryd Lyons, Riley Knight EMER: Mitch Grigg, Matthew Wright, Andy Otten