Gary Rohan has helped reignite Geelong’s AFL premiership defence with three objectives in a gritty 15-point win over Melbourne after by accident knocking out teammate Jeremy Cameron.
Rohan’s sickening first-quarter collision with Cameron led to the Cats’ main goalkicker being stretchered off the bottom and brought to hospital.
However with Rohan shining in assault and their back-line resolute, Geelong overcame the numerous setback to submit a stirring 11.12 (78) to eight.15 (63) win at GMHBA Stadium.
It got here on the again of a shocking six-goal burst within the last time period, marking twin premiership coach Chris Scott’s three hundredth recreation on the helm in type.
The consequence balanced Geelong’s season file at 7-7 in a 12 months when their resolve has been recurrently examined.
Scott was filled with reward for Rohan, who received some important contests, together with a one-on-one battle with Steven Could over a free ball within the last quarter.
It resulted within the speedster strolling in for an open aim to only about put the sport past Melbourne’s attain.
“Gary Rohan was actually rattled by (the Cameron damage), as one would count on, however his strategy and maturity to actually assault the sport … if anybody received the sport for us, it was him,” Scott stated.
“I am actually happy with him and others as nicely.
“It simply felt like issues went in opposition to us a bit of bit and when that occurs and you could find a solution to win the sport, teaching feels good.”
Cameron will miss subsequent week’s conflict with Sydney on the SCG however the Cats are hopeful their spearhead has prevented critical damage.
“I definitely have not had any indication that it is a horrible state of affairs,” Scott stated.
“However any time considered one of your gamers must be taken to hospital, even when it is for commentary, leaves us all a bit shaken.”
Geelong had been out-muscled at stoppages, shedding the clearance battle 47-35 as Demons midfielders Christian Petracca (33 disposals, 10 clearances) and Jack Viney (25, six) starred.
However Mitch Duncan (22 disposals, one aim), Tanner Bruhn (19, two), Mark Blicavs (19, one), Tom Atkins (19 touches), Brad Shut (24) and Tom Stewart (22) all had an affect, and Geelong ran away with the sport late.
Stewart, Zach Guthrie and Jake Kolodjashnij impressed in defence.
The fallout may but worsen for Melbourne (9-5), with main goalkicker Bayley Fritsch to come back below scrutiny for a harmful sort out on Kolodjashnij.
A free kick was paid to Kolodjashnij, who was not significantly harm within the final-quarter incident.
Joel Smith, Kysaiah Pickett and Fritsch completed with two objectives every for Melbourne, who led by seven factors at three-quarter time however had been blown away in a 20-minute Cats blitz at first of the ultimate time period.
“For 3 quarters there was a variety of optimism in how we performed,” Demons coach Simon Goodwin stated.
“We performed an excellent type of footy that suited the circumstances. It was a contest recreation and for large durations by the center of the sport we had a variety of dominance.
“However that final quarter you stroll away extremely dissatisfied as a result of one group actually ramped up their strain and we weren’t in a position to maintain it and win the important contests that you simply want in these kind of video games.”
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