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Match report: R17

Peter Ryan  July 15, 2017 4:46 PM

R17: Big boy's silver service to Schoey Ben McEvoy smartly taps a ball to Ryan Schoenmakers for an open goal

GEELONG has won another classic against Hawthorn by just three points after Isaac Smith missed a running kick for goal with just five seconds remaining which would have snatched victory for the Hawks.

The Cats looked home when they led by 17 points with less than six minutes remaining, but Hawthorn kept coming and Geelong eventually hung on 13.10 (88) to 12.13 (85).

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It was a memorable finish to an unforgettable match, with Patrick Dangerfield the matchwinner after kicking five goals with an injured leg which forced him to have to play at full-forward. 

There were many heroes in Luke Hodge's 300th game, with the four-time premiership player giving the Hawks a sniff when he kicked a right foot snap with just 22 seconds remaining to push the result down to the wire. 

Tom Mitchell was also brilliant, kicking two goals and collecting 42 disposals after having three touches and a goal within the first 45 seconds. 

He had 19 touches at quarter-time and once again won the final clearance to set up Smith's shot for goal 

With Scott Selwood out injured, the Cats were searching for answers to curb Mitchell's impact at the break and decided on Mark Blicavs to harass him at stoppages and keep an eye on him around the ground.

But Mitchell was superb, playing Conor McGregor to Dangerfield's Floyd Mayweather in a classic duel between two of the Brownlow favourites.

However Dangerfield won the day after being carted from the ground during the first quarter with what looked to be a serious leg injury. The superstar returned in dramatic fashion to kick 5.5 and turn the game Geelong's way. 

The Cats won the battle in tight and Dan Menzel provided great support with three goals and looked to have control after a dominant third quarter. 

Mitch Duncan was excellent in the middle and the Cats were able to capitalise in front of goal at times Hawthorn could not.

The Cats top the ladder temporarily following another classic, while the Hawks sit in 13th spot after earning just two points in the past two weeks when they were so close to getting maximum return. 

Hawthorn was much better at the fall of the ball inside 50 while Geelong looked threatening in the air up forward. 

Hawks youngster Daniel Howe did a good job blanketing Joel Selwood for the first three quarters, with the Geelong skipper also receiving treatment from his counterpart Jarryd Roughead in another subplot to an intriguing game. 

Geelong heads to Adelaide Oval to play the Crows on a Friday night with a top-four spot on the line. The Cats beat the Crows in round 11 at Simonds Stadium but the trip interstate will be tough. Hawthorn heads to Perth to play Fremantle in a game between two teams unsure if finals are still on the cards. 


After losing Andrew Mackie to a wrist injury and Scott Selwood with hamstring tightness pre-game, Patrick Dangerfield hurt his leg midway through the first quarter. He was proppy but played out the rest of the game from the forward 50 and must be in doubt for next week. 

Shaun Burgoyne battled a hand injury which was strapped while James Sicily hurt his ankle in the third quarter.  

GEELONG          3.3    6.7    11.9    13.10 (88)
HAWTHORN      3.2    7.6    9.10    12.13 (85) 

Geelong: Dangerfield 5, Menzel 3, Stanley, Parfitt, Simpson, Tuohy, Selwood
Hawthorn: Mitchell 2, Schoenmakers 2, Shiels, O'Brien, Breust, Smith, Burgoyne, Gunston, Langford, Hodge 

Geelong: Dangerfield, Henderson, Selwood, Menzel, Taylor, Duncan
Hawthorn: Mitchell, Shiels, Gunston, Hodge, Henderson, Hartung


Geelong: Dangerfield (left leg), C.Guthrie (TBC)
Hawthorn: Sicily (ankle), Burgoyne (thumb)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Chamberlain, Meredith, Fleer 

Official crowd: 70,345 at the MCG