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AFL Finals 2018: Player ratings for Geelong Cats against Melbourne in First Elimination Final


Published by Anna Harrington,8 September 2018 on

IT was all about the Cats’ big three going into the season. But as it ended, they barely made a peep.

And only a few of their teammates could hold their heads high.

We rate all 22 Geelong players for their performances against Melbourne.

Zach Tuohy

Barely got near it in the first term but started to make his presence felt in the second quarter as the Dees were wasteful inside 50. Just kept on working and kicked a great goal early in the fourth. Could hold his head high. 7

Brandan Parfitt

Got in some good places early days but didn’t get enough of the footy. 3

Gary Ablett

The little master struggled to get involved in his first final back in the hoops, resorting to spending time trying to get a kick in the back pocket at one point. Improved as the game went on but not his finest effort. 5

Harry Taylor

Worked hard all night and had plenty of spoils. Was reliable. 6

Jake Kolodjashnij

Had just the five touches to half time and didn’t have a huge impact on the contest. 4

Daniel Menzel

Had Hibberd for company and had doughnuts in the first term. Missed a sitter in the third. That just about summed up his night. 2

Tim Kelly

Just one disposal in the opening term and struggled to exert himself on the game early. Kicked his side’s first goal early in the second quarter and tried hard but was rarely in the game. 5

Joel Selwood

Had to deal with James Harmes for company but 8 touches and three clearances in the first term. Had 12 to half time. But numbers certainly didn’t tell the story, with the Cats skipper frustrated throughout. Lost the plot with some attention from Melksham and Harmes, giving away a downfield free kick when Hawkins had a shot on goal. 4

Scott Selwood

Barely touched it early days and while he worked had, didn’t stand out. 4

Jordan Murdoch

Had a couple of horror moments, copped a big hit from Aaron vandenBerg, had a concussion test and struggled throughout. 2

Mitch Duncan

Eight touches in the opening term and had 13 to half time. Workmanlike but didn’t win enough of the ball in the second half when it counted. 6

Jed Bews

Had the interesting match-up of Melksham for the night and largely kept the talismanic Dee quiet. Melksham got him one-on-one for a clutch goal in the third, but a serviceable performance. 6

Lachie Henderson

Engaged in a busy duel with Tom McDonald throughout the night. McDonald had plenty of marks but kicked just the one goal. 7

Tom Hawkins

Had Sam Frost for company and had just one handball in the opening quarter. But he eased into the game after the break, kicking one goal in the second term and another to kick off the third. That said, he was beaten on the night. 6

Sam Menegola

One of the Cats on-ballers who could hold his head high, consistently looking to run and create. Didn’t get enough of the ball though – and had one costly miss. 6

Cam Guthrie

Faded in and out of the game, and didn’t do a great deal with it when he had it. A night to forget. 3

Patrick Dangerfield

Had nine touches in the first term and 13 to half time, but was turning the ball over no end. Missed a sitter in the third term and failed to impact the scoreboard. As always, he gave it everything, but that wasn’t enough. 6

Jack Henry

The young tall struggled to make an impact amid the ferocity of the Demons’ pressure. 2

Mark O’Connor

Just the three touches to half time and struggled to make an impact. 2

Tom Stewart

Worked hard for little reward all night. Got crunched in the third term and was helped from the field. 5

Ryan Abbott

Went toe-to-toe with Gawn and put in an admirable performance, but was bested in the end. There’s no shame in that. 6

Mark Blicavs

Worked hard down back all night but wasn’t particularly influential. 5



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