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Thanks for that James. You’re right, the injuries must be frustrating and obviously have an impact. Starc, to me, has always been a bowler that can be attacked and our reliance on him is dangerous.

Hopefully hitting that pace in short, sharp bursts instead of being the main go-to is what eventuates, because that’d certainly help him return to that peak form.

You’re right about Johnson and Starc, maybe the brilliance mixed with the erratic nature of their bowling is what makes them spectacular. But with our current batting, we need Starc firing.

Time to face the Starc reality

It’s the game’s most popular format domestically. Given Australia is having issues developing talent like no other country, using the T20I team to bring new talent in can be extremely beneficial. Theory is based on development. Sri Lanka are doing just fine for themselves.

T20 internationals: The gateway to Australia's Test future

Respectfully disagree, genuine ball winners like Nelson and Bolton, to a lesser extent, would immediately improve Fremantle’s midfield depth and have an impact straight away.

Help bridge the gap so pressure isn’t on the younger player straight away, it won’t stop young guys getting games.

WAFL: Mature age recruits that could be on the national radar

I agree, my thoughts are it won’t take long if the trigger is pulled now. He has fixed his game up to be a genuine batting option, I’m eager to see it fast tracked as opposed to waiting a year before he plays FC cricket again.

The solution to Australian cricket's woes

There is still hope for Pattinson! Have a genuine belief that he just needs a good run with injuries to once again feature, and it’s more than likely coming from his batting side. Desperately hope he can realise some of that potential.

The solution to Australian cricket's woes

Thanks for the comment, love the discussion! I’m a fan of the talent in Queensland, but just feel all those moving pieces compared to the rest of the competition gives a little mark down.

Sunday’s game will tell us a fair bit though!

What to expect in the 2018 JLT One Day Series

Agreed on Wilson, I personally think he will be in that bracket with Ryan/Pearce/Walters to push for top five. As for the voting system, Fyfe was that good in his games I’d be shocked to not hear his name in the top five!

Picking every AFL club's best-and-fairest winner: Adelaide to Fremantle

MATCH REPORT

Geelong obliterated Fremantle by 133 points in one of the worst performances of 2018 by the losing team.

Geelong broke all sorts of records, kicking an astonishing 23 goals in a row after quarter time to put aside a disappointing start to the game.

In terms of positive for Fremantle, Nat Fyfe played and finished with 37 disposals.

This performance almost guarantees Geelong’s spot in the finals, particularly after Port Adelaide’s loss earlier in the day.

The Cats sit inside the top eight with an excellent percentage and face the lowly Gold Coast Suns in the final round of the season.

Most of the home team’s players were good on the day, with Tim Kelly (26 disposals, 3.2), Tom Hawkins (22 disposals, 6.1) and Sam Menegola (27 disposals, six marks, 1.0) the three likely to be involved in the Brownlow votes.

With only one week left in the season proper, there will be two different mindsets heading into the final round.

Geelong will look to demolish Gold Coast in a similar manner, while Fremantle will be hoping to at least get within 50 points of Collingwood based on this performance.

It was an ugly game for footy purists, but Geelong’s record-breaking display will put some fear into those sides finishing 5-8 on the AFL ladder.

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

FULL TIME

This game is finally over. One of the worst performance ever seen in the final three quarter by Fremantle, who scored five points compared to 147 from Geelong. Those who continued to follow the blog and watched the game should be congratulated, this was one hell of a shellacking.

Thanks all for joining me. There’s a special bond among all those who watched every minute now.

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 00:43 BEHIND (Cats)

Patrick Dangerfield is tackled high 15 metres out. He misses. It’s the equivalent of turning up late to the party, and only the parents are home. Everyone else has gone. No sense of occasion for Dangerfield.

Geelong – 158
Fremantle – 25

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 1:58

A round of applause at GMHBA stadium for those still watching the game.

Geelong – 157
Fremantle – 25

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 3:05 BEHIND (Cats)

Tom Hawkins misses from outside 50. He can still win the Coleman despite being five goals behind.

Geelong – 157
Fremantle – 25

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 4:27 BEHIND (Cats)

Ryan Abbott took a mark where the ball literally landed in his lap. Good sign. He missed.

Geelong – 156
Fremantle – 25

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 7:08 BEHIND (Dockers)

I have a pearler of a call if Fremantle can kick a goal. Taberner doesn’t make the distance and it’s punched through.

Geelong – 155
Fremantle – 25

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 7:51 GOAL (Geelong)

Gary Ablett’s kicked his first for the day, which is his 400th career goal. Coincidentally, Geelong has now kicked 400 in a row.

Geelong – 155
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 8:06 BEHIND (Geelong)

For all the goalkickers, Dangerfield hasn’t been able to do it. He misses.

Geelong – 149
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

I know they’re committed, but this type of performance obviously reflect well on Ross.

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 9:43 GOAL (Geelong)

In a huge shock, Geelong’s kicked another goal. Parfitt kicks his fourth.

Geelong – 148
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 11:03 BEHIND (Cats)

The most exciting part of the day just occurred, with Menzel hitting the post from directly in front, 20 metres out.

Geelong – 142
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 11:43 GOAL (Cats)

You cannot criticise Tom Hawkins’ work rate this season. He has been superb, as he kicks his sixth goal.

Geelong – 141
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 13:32 GOAL (Cats)

Tim Kelly has three after it took the Cats 28 seconds to move the ball from the kick out to their own end.

Geelong – 135
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 14:00 BEHIND (Dockers)

Fyfe took a nice mark in front of goal but the ball drop was all wrong and he hit the post. Will the Dockers kick another goal?

Geelong – 129
Fremantle – 24

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 14:55 GOAL (Geelong)

Alex Pearce has had a shocker, which is disappointing after a solid season. Jack Henry kicks his second with a nice bit of crumbing work.

Geelong – 129
Fremantle – 23

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 16:33 GOAL (Geelong)

Geelong is breaking records here it’s hard to keep up. Ross Lyon had a smile on his face in the box. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.

Geelong – 123
Fremantle – 23

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog

Q4– 18:52 GOAL (Geelong)

That’s the record for the Cats, now they have 17 goals in a row. Incredible scenes this afternoon. Hawkins has another one.

Geelong – 117
Fremantle – 21

Geelong Cats vs Fremantle Dockers: AFL live scores, blog