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Cats overpower wasteful Blues

8 junio 2012 14:56

In what may prove a season-defining affair for both sides, Carlton dominated the early stages, with Eddie Betts scoring three of his four goals for the night in a sizzling first term.

But the Blues also failed to make the most of their chances and several missed shots at goal ultimately proved costly as Geelong gradually took control of the contest in the second term and proceeded to run away with a 14.13 (97) to 11.19 (85) victory.

Carlton were not helped by the fact ruckman Robbie Warnock, who had dominated the hit-outs during the first half, was forced off the field in the third quarter with a hamstring injury following a marking contest.

And without Warnock in the ruck, the Cats dominated the stoppages after half-time as skipper Joel Selwood (29 possessions, two goals), James Kelly (23) and Jimmy Bartel (20) reaped the benefits.

Although the Cats were missing late withdrawal James Podsiadly with a hip injury, Geelong still found plenty of avenues to goal as Steven Motlop booted four, three of which came in the second term.

Along with Betts' four goals, Kade Simpson was also impressive for Carlton off half-back posting 31 disposals as he returned to some of his early-season form, while Brock McLean had 28 disposals and Chris Judd 25.

But it was a somewhat dirty night for the Blues skipper, who struggled to dominate the contest and made two crucial mistakes in the third term as the Cats turned a six-point half-time deficit into a six-point lead.

The Cats lifted another gear after half-time and with Warnock out of the picture, they took control of the contest in the middle as they piled on five goals to three in the third term to ultimately come away with the win.

Carlton will only have themselves to blame for the loss, however, as they failed to make the Cats pay with nine behinds for the quarter.

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