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The Fremantle Dockers have produced one of the upsets of the season with a 34-point victory over the ladder leading Geelong Cats at Optus Stadium in Perth.
The afternoon started in predictable fashion for Geelong and Tom Hawkins had three goals before the siren sounded for the first change. The Dockers were competitive, yet failed to capitalise on their opportunities.
That pattern continued in the second quarter, yet a fightback saw the home side take a slender lead into the sheds at the long break after a late flurry of goals stunned the visitors and brought the Perth fans to their feet.
The heavens opened during the long break and the nature of the game changed. It was to become something of a grind and unfortunately for the Cats, the Dockers were more prepared to do the dirty work.
A three-point half time lead became eight at three-quarter time and the Dockers looked determined to repel anything the Cats managed to throw at them.
The final term saw David Mundy become the hero after a less than impressive afternoon where he found the ball difficult to locate.
He scored two goals, set up another and become the difference as the Dockers skipped away and put the Cats to the sword.
Fremantle Dockers 14.10.95
Geelong Cats 9.7.61
The Fremantle Dockers and the Geelong Cats meet at Optus Stadium in Round 20 AFL action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 4:35pm (AEST).
Having lost five of their last six matches, the Fremantle Dockers have reached the end of the road when it comes to last chances and simply must win against the Cats today to have any chance at all of playing finals football.
If smoke does indicate fire, then Ross Lyon may have indeed had a rethink about his future at the club and the board must be extremely disappointed in the recent style of play that the team has produced, after showing such promise earlier in the season.
It appeared the Dockers had finally thrown off the shackles and opened up in attack yet the last two months have hinted that once under pressure, the usual Lyon conservatism kicks in and the purple haze retreats well and truly back into its shell.
Having swung the axe during the week and dropped Hayden Ballantyne and Brett Bewley, Lyon’s men will also take to the field without the injured Rory Lobb; another blow in a vital clash against the Cats.
Geelong welcomes back Zach Tuohy and Gary Rohan yet lose the services of Harry Taylor for this match, with the veteran remaining at home and enjoying a managed weekend.
The Cats got back on track in Round 19 after a wobbly month, with a solid win against Sydney at the cattery and will look to secure another valuable four points today.
It could be a vital bag of points in their attempt to secure the top rung on the ladder heading into the finals.
With percentage giving them an effective two-game lead at the top, a win today goes a long way towards securing that position.
Hence, this looms as something of a danger game against a Dockers side looking to produce the upset and keep themselves in the desperate chase for eighth position.
Form and momentum mean everything heading into the finals and Chris Scott will have demanded a strong performance from the Cats today; knowing full well the ramifications of a loss.
In terms of momentum, the Dockers have none and it is hard to see them mustering any against the quality that Geelong oppose them with across the park.
Cats by 4 goals
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Where: Optus Stadium, Perth
When: Saturday 3rd August 2019, 4:35pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Footy, Kayo Sport, AFL app
Betting: Fremantle Dockers $3.25 Geelong Cats $1.33
B: Duman, Hamling, Blakely
HB: Hughes, Logue, Cerra
C: B. Hill, Fyfe, Langdon
HF: Banfield, Walters, Crowden
F: Brayshaw, Darcy, Matera
FOLL: Sandilands, Conca, Mundy
I/C: Carter, Switkowski, Tucker, Schultz
B: Henry, Blicavs, Kolodjashnij
HB: O’Connor, Tuohy, Stewart
C: Clark, Dangerfield, S. Selwood
HF: Ablett, Ratugolea, Duncan
F: Rohan, Hawkins, Atkins
FOLL: Smith, J. Selwood, Kelly
I/C: Miers, Bews, C. Guthrie, Dahlhaus