AFL Finals 2020 | Geelong Cats steamroll Brisbane Lions to arrange grand events for Ablett and Dangerfield


They’d taken successful earlier than the primary bounce with the withdrawal of defender Darcy Gardiner, who injured his knee at coaching earlier within the week. The versatile Gardiner, one of many competitors’s extra underrated rivals, was slated to play on Dangerfield when he went ahead.

That created complications for Lions coach Chris Fagan, who spoke pre-match about the necessity to limit Geelong’s possession-based sport. That meant successful extra of the ball in shut. If the Lions might maintain sway within the midfield, the reasoning went, Dangerfield wouldn’t have the posh of going ahead as typically.

By the tip of the primary quarter, Fagan had an issue. Geelong had been dominating, even bullying the Lions at floor stage, with clearances at 15 to four and scoring photographs at seven to 2. They’d missed with 5 of them, however the Cats would win through weight of alternatives if the Lions couldn’t carry across the contest.

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Six minutes into the second quarter, alarm bells had been ringing across the Gabba. Hawkins, beating Harris Andrews early, took his third mark for his second objective, and Gary Rohan outpointed Brandon Starcevich one-out to kick a ripper. The Cats had been out to a 17-point lead and appeared set to run away with it.

Now it was do-or-die for the Lions. They received one again shortly, Jarrod Berry tearing via the following two stoppages for Eric Hipwood to maintain the house aspect and crowd concerned. Lachie Neale and Mitch Robinson lifted, too, and because the Cats’ entries inside 50 slowed, Andrews received higher management of Hawkins.

Late within the quarter, Neale bombed the ball via from 55 metres on the run; on the different finish, Sam Menegola had sprayed a shot on the run, with Hawkins gesticulating madly from the highest of the objective sq.. At half-time, the Lions had clawed the clearances again to 17–21 the Cats’ manner, the margin to 5, and the sport was on.

However they couldn’t maintain it, regardless of the group at their backs. Eric Hipwood and Dan McStay each missed essential set photographs for the Lions, whereas Ablett’s interventions outlined the quarter and opened up the match-winning break. The ball spent a lot of the quarter camped on the Cats’ finish, the lead out to a few objectives.

Within the final quarter, Ryan Lester – who’d had the unlucky job of minding Dangerfield in Gardiner’s absence – received a 50-metre penalty and sprayed the set shot. Because the ball ricocheted up the opposite finish, his opponent marked close to the boundary line and speared the ball to Zach Tuohy for the sealer.

Brisbane Lions 2.zero four.three 5.5 6.6 (42)
Geelong 2.5 four.eight 7.11 11.16 (82)

Objectives – Brisbane Lions: Cameron 2 Neale 2 Hipwood Rayner. Geelong: Rohan three Hawkins 2 Ablett 2 Parfitt Henry Miers Tuohy.
Finest – Brisbane Lions: Neale McCarthy McCluggage Wealthy Lyons. Geelong: Hawkins Dangerfield Parfitt Selwood Duncan Stewart.
Accidents – Brisbane Lions: Gardiner (knee) changed in chosen aspect by Payne. Geelong: Nil.
Umpires: Findlay Ryan Fleer.
Crowd: 29,121.