Confronting dark forces

By sheer luck I was able to break through SFO wifi restrictions to view the result.

I regard this little victory against the forces of web freeloading as an enormous omen for future success.

What a huge result! Were the Pies trying?

Maybe Hawthorn will be a bit less arrogant in the lead up to the game. When is it to be played?

The boys should remember this:

I’ve spent the day trying to straighten the kinks out of my spine. From the vantage point of Premium Economy we were able to watch Business Class passengers curl up on their ottomans. BC punters were all cashed-up bogans 30-40 yo. Whereas we PEs were mostly of the moribund class of grey nomads, including the TB ward that hacked and wheezed all night in the seat behind ours.

America is already taking notice of the forthcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11, so I expected some increased edginess from Border Security and Customs. On the contrary, everything was relaxed this end. My fingerprints drew blanks and my irises passed muster.

However, both Maureen and I were patted down at Tullamarine. Clearly we fit the profile of an easy mark unlikely to complain of discrimination.

Update:

I was able to catch this on YouTube. Isn’t the ‘net wonderful?

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9 thoughts on “Confronting dark forces

    1. Glad you arrived safely. Carol is now very worried. I reckon the ‘Pies may have been fudging a little – not reying to lose, but not willing to really spend the petrol if pushed. She is also worried about a few injuries. I sent a reply to your blog yesterday but as I am not really sure how to use this “Blog thing”, it may not have arrived. So this is a second attempt. Not sure whether I have to register or what. May have to email Drew. Are you using the iPod Touch or the iPad? Will miss you at pool but we’ll struggle on valiantly.

      Cheers
      Rick

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  1. Glad you arrived in one piece, even if that piece is a bit twisted!
    In the first quarter Geelong was winning around the ground but just couldn’t score a goal, even when they scored a goal. But when the change up came the Colliewobbs couldn’t adjust. Well-drilled youngsters who don’t have the on-field decision making ability. Cats pressure was magnificent and will stand us in good stead to worry them later on. 96 points! Take that.

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  2. Thanks Drewski.

    Don’t know where we’ll be Friday Night Melbourne time. If it is SD then that state boasts the point in the Contiguous 48 that is furthest away from a Maccas. However, unlike in Aust, unlocked wifi is everywhere.

    I wonder why Australians are so tight.

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  3. Hi Peter, Murray here…….what happened on Friday night re: Gee vs Col? Anyway still at the chalkface here deciding on the friday detention fate of a hapless victim of beuracracy(?).
    Hope all is well in USA.

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  4. Yo Pedro,
    Hope you are enjoying the states.

    So far your prediction about Geelong not winning another game this year has been a little of the mark…

    Quote:
    GREAT teams seem to be able to find an extra gear when challenged. In a stunning four-goal burst in less than five minutes late in the third quarter of Friday night’s second qualifying final, Geelong proved it was still a great team.

    That burst was the catalyst for the Cats’ 14.14 (98) to 9.13 (67) win over Hawthorn at the MCG on a cold and often rainy night. The Hawks’ night was further darkened when spearhead Lance Franklin appeared to suffer a serious knee injury when he landed awkwardly after a marking contest late in the game.

    To make matters worse, midfielder Jordan Lewis was reported for rough conduct when he collided with Cats midfielder Joel Selwood in the second quarter.

    The Cats also suffered a serious injury of their own when young forward Daniel Menzel ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee late in the second quarter.

    It was that five-minute patch in the third quarter that sealed the Cats’ place in the preliminary final and severely punctured the Hawks’ premiership hopes.

    Hawthorn had thrown everything at Geelong at the start of the third term, turning a 12-point half-time deficit into a two-point lead at the seven-minute mark. Hawks skipper Luke Hodge had been the catalyst for the turnaround by kicking two goals, the first coming after a strong contested mark over Andrew Mackie.

    The Cats reclaimed the lead two minutes later through a goal to James Podsiadly, but the game was still well and truly in the balance at the 20-minute mark when Geelong led by three points.

    The Cats then produced the type of exhilarating football they became renowned for when they ruled the football world from 2007-09. First, Podsiadly goaled. A minute later Tom Hawkins, who played perhaps his best and certainly his most important game for the Cats, trapped a ball with his left hand at the top of the goalsquare, held off Josh Gibson, then spun around and slotted a goal.

    Another minute later, Steve Johnson snapped a brilliant goal along the ground, then Brad Ottens added some muscle to the Cats’ finesse, marking in front of Gibson. When he converted, the Cats suddenly led by 27 points.

    At the 24-minute mark of the third quarter, the game was not over, but it seemed that way.

    The Hawks undeniably took the fight up to the Cats. With their precision short-kicking game plan working to perfection and Franklin firing up forward, the Hawks dominated the first quarter.

    They went into quarter-time with an 11-point lead that would have been bigger but for inaccurate kicking – the Hawks kicked 3.5 to the Cats’ 2.0, and finished the term with three consecutive behinds.

    However, in the second quarter, the momentum suddenly swung the Cats’ way as they started to get on top in the middle of the ground, thanks largely to the clearance work of Paul Chapman, James Kelly and Joel Selwood.

    The Cats kicked the first five goals of the term – which made it six on the trot – to get out to a 20-minute lead at the 24-minute mark. However, the Hawks cut that to 12 points by half time.

    Influential players
    On a night that was not suited to high marking, the Cats stacked their forward line with tall timber, and it paid off. Ottens pushed forward when he wasn’t in the ruck, and together with Podsiadly and Hawkins made life tough for Hawk defenders Gibson and Ryan Schoenmakers. In addition to 21 hit-outs, Ottens finished with two goals, while Podsiadly kicked three and Hawkins two. Johnson was also extremely dangerous up forward but slightly tarnished his night with poor finishing – he kicked 1.4 and put a torpedo punt out of bounds on the full.

    In the midfield, Kelly (23 possessions), Selwood (20) and Chapman (18) drove the Cats’ win, especially after quarter-time, while Cameron Ling also played a vital role keeping Hawks skipper Sam Mitchell to just seven possessions in the first half and 19 for the match.

    Finals rookies
    The teams took a combined 11 finals debutants into the game. Of the Cats’ four, Allen Christensen (23 possessions and seven clearances) looked most at home, while ruckman Trent West provided able support for Ottens and put the icing on his night with a ‘speccie’ and goal in the last quarter.

    A sad end to a promising season
    Geelong forward Menzel had started the first final of his career impressively with two goals and some strong contested marks. Sadly, his night, and his season, came to an abrupt end at the 20-minute mark of the second quarter when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a collision with Hawk defender Paul Puopolo.

    What history tells us
    Geelong now goes through to a preliminary final and, if history is any guide, is odds on to make the Grand Final. Since the current finals system was introduced in 2000 (wherein the top four teams meet in qualifying finals), 19 of the 22 winning qualifying final teams have gone on to make the Grand Final. The three teams that lost their subsequent preliminary final were the Sydney Swans in 2003, St Kilda in 2005 and Adelaide in 2006.

    What the coach said
    Chris Scott
    “The indication was our intensity around the ball was first-class tonight. I thought we still made some errors around the ball. But that was always going to happen in finals footy, particularly when it’s a bit slippery. We think when we’re as competitive as we can be, we’re very hard to beat.”

    Quarter by quarter

    First quarter
    A mark and goal from Cyril Rioli kicked things off, but it was largely goal for goal after that. The Hawks wasted their chances, especially Sam Mitchell who unsuccessfully tried a left foot snap 30m out with no one near him. Lance Franklin was dangerous and kicked two goals on Tom Lonergan, while Tom Hawkins presented well at the other end. Daniel Menzel booted two goals for the Cats. Isaac Smith was the possession leader with 11 touches, all of them kicks, but not all of them effective. Shaun Burgoyne’s class stood out every time he was in the action.

    Second quarter
    Geelong absolutely smashed Hawthorn out of the middle in the early part of the quarter and claimed the lead with the first five goals of the quarter. The only lowlight for the Cats was the knee injury to Menzel at the 19-minute mark that resulted in the young Cat stretchered off. Heavy rain began to fall and with it, the Hawks improved with a late goal to Jordan Lewis to steady the ship. Lewis had earlier given away a free kick for a late hit on Joel Selwood that was not enjoyed by Selwood’s Geelong teammates. Luke Hodge had nine touches to lift his output for the night while Steve Johnson was Geelong’s best for the term.

    Third quarter
    Hodge lifted a gear in the first part of the third quarter, kicking two valuable goals and laying a heavy tackle to get his team going. But his good work came undone with five consecutive Geelong goals as the Cats’ big forwards proved to be too strong for Hawthorn’s defence. A late goal to Franklin thanks to a dubious 50m penalty kept the Hawks in the hunt. Brendan Whitecross had five inside 50s for Hawthorn in the third quarter alone, while James Podsiadly and Brad Ottens were key players for Geelong.

    Fourth quarter
    Geelong had several chances to put Hawthorn away but couldn’t convert early on. The Hawks got the first goal through Franklin to reduce the margin to 19 points, but that was as close as they got. A sensational mark and goal to Trent West effectively sealed the match, and a goal six minutes later to Mathew Stokes was the icing on the cake. The real story of the final quarter was a leg injury to Franklin, who was helped from the ground by trainers and went straight down the race.

    Geelong 2.0 7.2 12.6 14.14 (98)
    Hawthorn 3.5 4.8 7.12 9.13 (67)

    GOALS
    Geelong: Podsiadly 3, Menzel 2, Hawkins 2, Ottens 2, Hunt, Bartel, Johnson, West, Stokes
    Hawthorn: Franklin 4, Hodge 2, Rioli, Lewis, Smith

    BEST
    Geelong: Johnson, Selwood, Ling, Ottens, Podsiadly, Chapman, Hawkins
    Hawthorn: Hodge, Shiels, Franklin, Smith, Birchall

    INJURIES
    Geelong: Daniel Menzel (right knee)
    Hawthorn: Lance Franklin (right knee), Max Bailey (left calf)

    SUBSTITUTES
    Geelong: Daniel Menzel (right knee) replaced by Mathew Stokes in the second quarter
    Hawthorn: Max Bailey (left calf) replaced by Chance Bateman in the third quarter

    Reports: Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn) for engaging in rough conduct with Joel Selwood (Geelong) in the second quarter.

    Umpires: Donlon, Nicholls, Ryan

    Official crowd: 73,400 at MCG

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    1. My goodness Drewster you have a comprehensive account of The Cats demolition of The Hawks !.You forgot to mention the most salient point, we won when it mattered …and The Rainbow never lies !.
      Peter, your ‘early call’ on The Swans…. you were right !. Just keep any further predictions stom…..

      Going nicely at the minute.
      Susan.

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  5. Hi Peter and gang,
    well T3 has finally finished, guess you are amongst the cornfields of middle america, hope all is well – will continue to watch with interest.

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