The Cats will face Adelaide in the pre-season decider at AAMI Stadium next weekend, hoping to end their run of nine successive grand final defeats – five premiership and four pre-season.
Geelong faced a difficult task to secure a home final against the Crows, needing to kick at least 19 goals, and although it fell short of that mark it walked away happy with the win, given a number of key Cats were missing from the match. The Cats fought hard with Corey Enright (29 touches), Joel Corey (24) and Kane Tenace (21) providing great spark through the midfield.
The Dockers weren’t about to lay down, dominating the third quarter to take a 10-lead into the final term, but a superb effort from Joel Corey in the final term saw the Cats prevail. He kicked a nine-point super goal on the run from just outside 50 metres to put the Cats in front at the nine-minute mark and then slotted another six minutes later much to the satisfaction of the crowd.
Geelong 184.108.40.206 (Chapman, Prismall, Corey 2) d Fremantle 220.127.116.11 (Farmer, Medhurst, Bell 2).
Birdman flies Crows home
The Crows were dominant at both ends of the ground, holding Melbourne to just three points in the second half, while they drilled 8.15 to claim victory. Brett Burton starred for the hosts, kicking foul goals and taking a screamer in the third quarter on the shoulders of teammate Trent Hentshel. Burton provided an early contender for mark of the year, remarkably landing on his feet and playing on to kick a goal.
Young forwards Luke Jericho and Bernie Vince were also amongst the Crows’ best. Paul Johnson was Melbourne’s only multiple goal scorer, while Travis Johnstone and Brad Green (23 possessions) could hold their heads high.
Melbourne 18.104.22.168 (Johnson 2) lost to Adelaide 22.214.171.124 (Burton 4, Jericho, Perrie 3).