Geelong has kick-started its 2017 campaign with a convincing 42 point win over Fremantle at Domain stadium.
It was another case of “DangerWood” as Patrick Dangerfield (24 disposals and 3 goals) and Joel Selwood (28 disposals) once again led the way for the Cats as they cruised to victory.
Mitch Duncan (30 disposals, 9 marks) and Lachie Henderson (19 disposals, 11 marks) were also pivotal for the Cats whilst Tom Hawkins and Lincoln McCarthy led the way on the scoreboard with 3 goals each.
Former Blue Zach Tuohy continued his impressive JLT series form in his first game in the blue and white hoops, amassing 24 disposals including a long goal on the halftime siren.
Speaking post-match, he said he was excited about the year ahead with the Cats.
“It was great, it was pretty much what i expected I guess, but it’s great to get off to a win, and I’m really excited,” Tuohy said.
After the game, cats coach Chris Scott was impressed with his forward line’s performance.
“Our forward line looked dangerous,” Scott said.
“We seemed to have some options that were different to the standards that Geelong supporters have had in the last four or five years.”
Returning Dockers superstar Nat Fyfe (28 disposals), midfielder David Mundy (31 disposals) and giant ruckman Aaron Sandilands (48 hitouts) were the best for the struggling Dockers side, who had no options up forward with former GWS star Cam McCarthy failing to covert with 1.5, and former Cat now Docker Shane Kersten struggled against the experience of Harry Taylor and Henderson, being held goalless.
The dominant second quarter from Geelong was the point of no return for Fremantle, with some horror mistakes leading to goals for Tom Hawkins and Daniel Menzel saw the margin out to 39 points.
Tensions boiled late in the second quarter as Stephen Hill goaled from the boundary after a scuffle which saw Michael Walters wrestling Tom Ruggles over the fence and even into the crowd.
Geelong continued its form from the first half, with a terrific defensive structure seeing the Dockers struggling to score until some late goals avoided a blowout loss.
Nakia Cockatoo dazzled the Western Australian crowd with a brilliant run and banana goal in the last quarter that sealed a great Geelong victory.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon put a lot of the blame on himself for his side’s performance.
“All credit to Geelong. What they did, they did really well. I’m probably a little disappointed in myself. I could have prepared them for a couple of Geelong mechanisms they do well. They have done them for a long period of time,” Lyon said post-match.
Lyon is also confident that his side will improve as the season continues.
“I would think we would get better. Really simply, how we will get better quickly is to fix those two things I’ve spoken about,” he said.
Geelong returns to Melbourne to host North Melbourne at Etihad stadium next Sunday, whilst Fremantle have the difficult task of playing Port Adelaide at Adelaide oval.