Geelong Back To Square One As Roos Surprise AFL Champs

The Kangaroos broke their spell against top-four teams by outclassing Geelong.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The North Melbourne Kangaroos today shocked the reigning premiers Geelong by 17 points at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.

The 20.11(131)-16.18(114) victory was the first win against elite top-four teams for coach Chris Scott since he took over the head role in 2010.

North finished one spot outside the eight in 2011, a game and a half behind Essendon, but are currently in the finals picture at eight with a 2-1 record.

The Roos simply outplayed a possibly fatigued Geelong side, they won a thriller last Monday coming from behind to beat Hawthorn, and led by 20 and 21 points at quarter time and half time. They extended that further to lead by 36 at three-quarter time and looked to have the kitty Cats on the ropes.

But Geelong showed a similar resolve to that of last week late in the fourth and threatened to once again come from behind and steal an epic win. It wasn’t to be as the Roos held on behind a brilliant performance from 33-year-old captain Brent Harvey who amassed 38 disposals.

Daniel Wells was also superb for North with 31 disposals while Andrew Swallow had 30 touches. The Roos also featured a few big goal kickers. Jack Ziebell, Aaron Edwards and Ryan Bastinac kicked four each while Leigh Adams and Hamish McIntosh each kicked multiples.

The Cats feature the league’s top-two goal kickers in James Podsiadly and Tom Hawkins and both were again prolific with five and four respectively, but Hawkins was well held for the majority of the match and did most of his damage too late.

Stevie Johnson was again strangely quiet for Geelong, kicking just a behind, as was Paul Chapman who had only 12 possessions. Joel Selwood continued his stellar season with another gutsy performance (29 disposals) but it was a down day for the Cats who are for the moment out of the finals picture.