Geelong v Essendon – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Sometimes, you can start watching a game and five minutes in, you get a pretty good idea of what the result is going to look like. Not the exact numbers, but most astute footy supporters can spot a mismatch when they see one.

One side is forever pushing the ball forward – muscling it toward their end and keeping it there. They toss their opponents aside, stand in tackles, and start to take on the opposition when they have the footy.

And that’s what astute footy supporters spotted in the opening minutes of the Geelong v Essendon clash at Kardinia Park.

With a ferocity at the ball and opponent, Geelong wasted no time in establishing themselves as the dominant team in this matchup. The Bombers tried to hang with them and threw some bodies of their own into the fray, but the battle-hardened Cats took it in their stride and dared the Bombers to keep it up.

It was something they knew the visitors were unable to do.

With the first seven goals of the game to the home team, the Cats looked as though they might completely blow the Bombers out of the water, but a solid second-quarter effort gave Essendon some hope that they could turn things around. Or, at least, stop the bleeding.

In the end, the Cats rode five goals from Tom Hawkins, who loves playing against this mob, to a 77-point victory.

Let’s jump into The Mongrel’s Good, Bad, and Ugly.


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