AFL 2020: Geelong v North Melbourne – Round Ten Knee Jerk Reaction

The Cats proved too good for the Kangaroos on Wednesday but will the perfomance of one of their youngsters see a spike in an unusual name?

Can we expect a few more baby Gryan’s down Geelong way in years to come.

Understandably, given his parents came up with it with the help of a Scrabble board, Gryan Miers has one of the more unusual names going around. But if he continues having games like he did against North Melbourne, on Wednesday we may well see a spike in its use in honour of the dreadlocked Cat over the months and years ahead.

How the Game Was Won

With key indicators like clearances and inside 50s nearly even, Geelong’s class and depth proved decisive factors in this game. Despite being challenged by a dogged North Melbourne, Chris Scott’s men just seemed to have all the answers whenever they were challenged.

Gryan Myers was a standout with four goals, as was Tom Hawkins who continued his good form in 2020 with three. Cam Guthrie and Sam Menegola were also impactful with their ball winning.

The Cats led by 18-points and. if not for wastefulness in front of goal, could have had the contest wrapped up. Instead a revitalised North Melbourne attacked the contest and their opponents with a vigour that had been missing in the first half.

When Aaron Hall and Jared Polec kicked consecutive goals in the final quarter, it seemed that a comeback was on the cards. Unfortunately the Cats, like they had for most of the match, had the answers to quell the concerted North Melbourne challenge. Three late goals to seeing Geelong run out 33-point winners.

What the Coaches Said

Geelong

Chris Scott felt the Cats let themselves with their conversion in another wise dominant performance. “I thought we played pretty well early on but they got the first goal really quickly and looked like they could have got some momentum. Really after that we controlled the game,” he said. “The biggest disappointment in the way we played for the most part was our conversion. We kept them in the game because we weren’t able to finish our work. I thought it was a pretty dominant performance the scoreboard in the end didn’t really reflect the dominance with which I though we played,” he said.

North Melbourne

Rhyce Shaw was proud of his team’s effort and felt it was another step forward after their victory over Adelaide. “Geelong is a really class outfit and I just thought after half-time our boys came out and showed what we’re all about,” he told the media. “We fought really hard and got some really good performances from some guys we can take some solace out of.”

What was his message to his team at half time? “It was pretty simple; we just needed to get to the contest,” Shaw said. “Geelong’s work-rate in the first half was top class and you don’t expect anything less. We had to put in the hard yards and we did, and when we did we were able to play the game we wanted to, play it on our terms a little bit.

“I think we had a few more inside 50s in the third quarter, we had a lot of repeat entries, played some forward-half footy … that’s the way we want to play, but as soon as we let them (the Cats) off the leash, they took full advantage, because they are a good team.”


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GEELONG                        4.2     5.8    8.11    13.12 (90)

NORTH MELBOURNE    3.1     3.2     5.2       9.3 (57) 

GOALS
Geelong: Miers 4, Hawkins 3, Z.Guthrie 2, Duncan, Menegola, Simpson, Stanley
North Melbourne: Hosie 2, Daw, Hall, Mahony, Polec, Scott, Simpkin, Walker 

BEST
Geelong: C.Guthrie, Miers, Hawkins, Fogarty, Stanley, Z.Guthrie
North Melbourne: Simpkin, Higgins, Anderson, Dumont, Tarrant 

INJURIES?
Geelong: Nil
North Melbourne: Brown (left knee), Daw (ankle), Pittard (ankle)

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