Cats blitz sorry Eagles
A ten goal second quarter has helped power Geelong to a 97 point demolition of West Coast at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.
The Eagles defeat was compounded by a groin injury to defender Jeremy McGovern, who left the ground in the second term and was substituted out of the match.
It was West Coast's biggest loss under Adam Simpson as coach, their heaviest defeat since round 3 2009.
Already undermanned heading in to the clash without spearhead Josh Kennedy and premiership midfielders Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo as well as exciting forward Liam Ryan, McGovern will face a nervous wait over scans this week ahead of next Sunday's Western Derby.
The Eagles had the better of the opening term, outscoring the home side three goals to two to take a five point advantage in to the opening break.
Nathan Vardy opened the scoring against his former side after a strong mark, Mark Blicavs gifting two goals to the visitors through costly errors with Oscar Allen and Jarrod Brander capitalising.
What followed was an absolute domination from Chris Scott's men, kicking ten goals to nil in the second stanza to completely transform the match.
Having started sluggishly around the football the Cats lifted their intensity with a stunning half an hour of football, Mitch Duncan kicking a 55 metre torpedo goal on the half time siren to bring the crowd to their feet.
Jeremy Cameron celebrated his first two goals in the navy blue and white hoops as the under fire Eagles had no answer, their stand in skipper McGovern hobbled and ruled out before the major break.
There was no relent from Geelong in the second half, kicking the first two goals after the break before Jack Darling broke the run with a goal after a strong contested mark.
It was a moment's respite only for Adam Simpson's men, as the Cats finished the quarter with a further four goals to hold a 81 point lead at the final change.
The damage had well and truly been done for a wounded Eagles side, who only had 261 disposals for the entire match compared to the Cats 397, the visitors just avoiding a three figure margin but continuing their horrendous record at Kardinia Park, now having lost their past seven games at the venue by an average margin of 67 points.
Duncan kicked 4 goals to go with 26 disposals, Cam Guthrie leading all comers with 35 touches for Geelong who recorded their fourth win of the season.
The only blight on the performance for the Cats was hamstring injuries to defender Jake Koladjashnij and midfielder Mark O'Connor, both players finishing the match on the bench.
The Eagles had a few winners on a dirty day, coach Adam Simpson not holding back in his assessment of his team's performance post match.
“We got beaten in every area of the game. It was embarrassing. We got blown away in the second quarter. It was really embarrassing," he said.
“We couldn’t stop momentum, that’s happened a couple of times this year.”
The Eagles return home amidst a three day lockdown in Perth, set to face local rivals Fremantle in Western Derby 52 next Sunday, while Geelong head to the SCG to face Sydney in round seven.
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