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AFL 2020 Live Updates: Geelong Cats dominate second half to thump Hawks

Turns out the last time the Hawks played in Geelong he was a teenager, it was also his first win in a milestone game: I think I was 15 years of age. It is nice to finally cap off a milestone with a win. Every single one I’ve played in has been a loss.

On his match fitness after the long break: I’m getting used to the running patterns, I suppose, and it is odd with how quick the game goes. Even though the first quarter drifted into 28, 29 minutes, it is a lot shorter, so you have a lot less time back end of quarters to get yourself back into the game. It took some getting used to and it will talk a few weeks given every team has been out for eight to 10 weeks. That’s normally what we get at the start of the season.

On the tackle from Shaun Burgoyne (he thinks there is nothing in it): It is hard to see through someone’s shoulder. It is an instinctive game we play and we all try and play on the edge and that’s what I saw it as.

What about Quintin Narkle and Brandan Parfitt: We have seen great development from those two guys and Quinton is a hard player to tackle, as we see on the vision right now. Parf is such a smooth mover in traffic. They will be a pivotal players for the Geelong footy club for a long period of time. For us to grow and get better as a team they will be two players vital for us.

Is Brandan the fittest he has ever been: He has progressed every single year he has been in the system. He wants to get better and be one of the best players in the game. He has that determination. I think what we are going to see with the current climate is self driven players will be the ones that do really well and he is taking the right steps to take his game to another level.

The Hawks final tally of 7.5 (47) has some history.

Fun to watch how the Cats have sung their team song without linking arms.

Instead they sang the song spaced apart and clapping. Still plenty of joy but it seemed to lack a little man love and affection.

On returning to play: Coming in after the break we were a bit underdone. We had a few boys limping there so it has been nice having extra time. In saying that the facts are pretty tough. We have only trained three times together as a group of 40. The performance we put out tonight, we are happy with it.

On having experienced players to guide the team: I used it before the game. Whether it is true or not, we have played a lot of footy together. It was important we had that message coming up against a side we respect. Quintin Narkle, Brandan Parfitt, extra numbers through the midfield meant you had pace on the game. We were sloppy early letting them get a few easy goals but other than that, tonight was pretty solid.

Geelong have dominated when it mattered most ruling the second half to score a 61-point win over old rivals Hawthorn in Geelong tonight.

The Cats kicked 10 goals to one after half time in an impressive performance right off the back of the COVID-19 break.

CatsRhys Stanley, Tom Stewart, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield all reach for the footy during their win over Hawthorn.

CatsRhys Stanley, Tom Stewart, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield all reach for the footy during their win over Hawthorn.Credit:Getty

Gee the Hawks will be very disappointing in how they couldn’t stop this flurry of goals after half time.

I still think they are far better than this showing but if they can’t start winning the football and holding possession they will be taken down by sides like Geelong.

The Cats have further extended their lead. Now up 108-47 with four minutes left.

Dangerfield was in a contest deep in the forward line, he managed to punch the ball into the path of Menegola who ran into an open goal for his second major.

Cats on fire.

Cats up 102-47 with six minutes to play.

Miers kicked his third goal after Rohan marked in the right forward pocket then kicked inwards to find Miers in front of goal.

He has been among a bunch of quality performers for the Cats and if he can continue to finish his work like this, the Cats will be right up among the best.

Cats 96, Hawks 47 with nine minutes left.

What’s up with his boots and their colour?

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