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Friday, 22 March 2019

Ablett turns back the clock in thrilling Cats win


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After the best part of a decade playing as a pure midfielder, Gary Ablett started Geelong's season opener in the forward line and showed just why he remains one of the league's most lethal players.

With the Magpies looking to be on the cusp of breaking away, Geelong's big three of Ablett, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield broke loose in the second half to help the Cats edge the Magpies 10. 12. (72) to 9. 11. (65) in front of 78,017 at the MCG on Friday night.

Ablett finished with two goals on the night and impressed St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt who said the two-time Brownlow Medallist's class stood out for the Cats in the forward half.

"He was class in the forward line for Geelong," Riewoldt told Fox Footy.

Gary Ablett

"Really stood out. His clean possessions, he had 23 of those to go along with two goals."

Tim Kelly was brilliant for the Cats with 31 possessions and nine clearances, with Dangerfield (27 disposals) and Tom Stewart (26) also important.

Adam Treloar was in everything for the Pies with 34 possessions and a goal, with Scott Pendlebury (24 possessions) and Jack Crisp (26) also prominent.

Collingwood eked out a nine-point lead at quarter-time but would rue wastefulness in front of goal.

Joel Selwood

With their midfield gaining the upper hand, the Pies had 11 more inside 50s than Geelong in the second quarter but didn't manage a goal until Jamie Elliott kicked his third inside the last minute to give his side an 11-point halftime lead.

Treloar and Jordan De Goey hit back, each booting brilliant goals, but scores were level at the last change, setting up the epic finale.

Tom Hawkins booted his 500th career goal with just over five minutes left in the tense contest to put the Cats in front

Tom Hawkins

The Pies kept coming but their challenge was effectively over when Jeremy Howe turned the ball over to Patrick Dangerfield inside Geelong's attacking 50 with just over a minute remaining.

It was a fitting end for a tense, if at times scrappy, affair in which the margin was never more than 11 points throughout.

Collingwood will have its work cut out next week to avoid falling to a dreaded 0-2 start with a Friday night fixture against Richmond.

Geelong will get a chance to avenge its elimination final defeat when it hosts Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium in Round 2.

- With AAP

After the best part of a decade playing as a pure midfielder, Gary Ablett started Geelong's season opener in the forward line and showed just why he remains one of the league's most lethal players.

With the Magpies looking to be on the cusp of breaking away, Geelong's big three of Ablett, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield broke loose in the second half to help the Cats edge the Magpies 10. 12. (72) to 9. 11. (65) in front of 78,017 at the MCG on Friday night.

Ablett finished with two goals on the night and impressed St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt who said the two-time Brownlow Medallist's class stood out for the Cats in the forward half.

"He was class in the forward line for Geelong," Riewoldt told Fox Footy.

Gary Ablett

"Really stood out. His clean possessions, he had 23 of those to go along with two goals."

Tim Kelly was brilliant for the Cats with 31 possessions and nine clearances, with Dangerfield (27 disposals) and Tom Stewart (26) also important.

Adam Treloar was in everything for the Pies with 34 possessions and a goal, with Scott Pendlebury (24 possessions) and Jack Crisp (26) also prominent.

Collingwood eked out a nine-point lead at quarter-time but would rue wastefulness in front of goal.

Joel Selwood

With their midfield gaining the upper hand, the Pies had 11 more inside 50s than Geelong in the second quarter but didn't manage a goal until Jamie Elliott kicked his third inside the last minute to give his side an 11-point halftime lead.

Treloar and Jordan De Goey hit back, each booting brilliant goals, but scores were level at the last change, setting up the epic finale.

Tom Hawkins booted his 500th career goal with just over five minutes left in the tense contest to put the Cats in front

Tom Hawkins

The Pies kept coming but their challenge was effectively over when Jeremy Howe turned the ball over to Patrick Dangerfield inside Geelong's attacking 50 with just over a minute remaining.

It was a fitting end for a tense, if at times scrappy, affair in which the margin was never more than 11 points throughout.

Collingwood will have its work cut out next week to avoid falling to a dreaded 0-2 start with a Friday night fixture against Richmond.

Geelong will get a chance to avenge its elimination final defeat when it hosts Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium in Round 2.

- With AAP

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