Geelong will face Richmond in the first preliminary final next Friday night at the MCG! As for West Coast, their 2019 campaign is over and they will be left to rue that costly loss to Hawthorn in round 23 which denied them the double chance.
The Cats are through to their 10th preliminary final in 16 years – it’s been an incredible era.
In the end tonight, the Cats won the disposals 365-305, tackles 61-47, marks 98-92, inside 50s 60-45, contested possessions 148-129 and scoring shots 23-18.
Geelong5.2, 7.3, 9.9, 13.10 (88)
West Coast1.1, 5.5, 10.7, 10.8 (68)
Geelong:Hawkins 4, Ratugolea 3, Kelly 2, Atkins, J.Selwood, Bews, Dahlhaus
West Coast:Darling 3, Gaff 2, Petruccelle, Ryan, Masten, Hickey, Kennedy
Geelong:C.Guthrie 33, Tuohy 27, J.Selwood 26
West Coast:Gaff 30, Shuey 26, Yeo 25
Kelly’s set shot from 50m out on the boundary line falls short and is rushed through. But it matters little. The Cats are through to yet another preliminary final.
51,813 fans in attendance tonight.
2:19 to go
Hurn, Cripps and Gaff combine to get the ball on the Eagles’ centre-half forward position but Blicavs marks strongly against Sheed! It’s not looking good for West Coast…
3:43 to go
Taylor handballs it to Hawkins whose snap shot from 30m out goes across the face and out for a throw-in next to Geelong’s behind post.
4:21 to go
Jetta pings Kelly holding the ball on West Coast’s half-back flank. West Coast need to generate something from this! Geelong have outscored them 4.0 to 0.1 this quarter.
6:00 to go
Leading rebound 50s:Hurn 6, Stewart 5, Jetta 5
Leading inside 50s:Dangerfield 6, J.Selwood 6
Geelong are now leading the disposals 318-273, tackles 55-44, inside 50s 52-43, contested possessions 134-120 and scoring shots 22-18.
Leading disposals:C.Guthrie 31, Gaff 25, J.Selwood 24, Tuohy 23
Uncontested possessions this quarter:Geelong 28, West Coast 7