Prized recruit Jeremy Cameron teamed up with Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan to help Geelong put another dent in Port Adelaide’s premiership credentials with a 21-point win on Thursday night.
- Cameron kicked five goals, while Hawkins (four) and Rohan (three) also made valuable contributions
- The win keeps the Cats in third place on the ladder
- Connor Rozee was outstanding for the Power with a five-goal haul
Cameron finished the match with five goals, with three coming in the final quarter, as the Cats consolidated their place inside the top four with the stirring 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91) triumph at Adelaide Oval.
Hawkins kicked four goals, while Rohan added three in a performance where the Cats twice rose from the canvas.
They rallied from 21 points down midway through the second term to create a 10-point lead at three quarter-time.
That lead rapidly disappeared early in the last quarter when the Power kicked three quick goals to steal momentum and a nine-point break.
But a gallant Geelong surged again and scored the next five goals, with Cameron slotting three of them.
The Cats remain third on the ladder following their ninth win, while the loss was the fifth-placed Power’s fourth of the season.
All of their defeats have been against top-eight sides.
Brandon Parfitt impressed for the Cats with two goals, while backman Tom Stewart (23 disposals, five marks) was also superb.
Mitch Duncan (20 disposals), Cameron (19), Rohan (18) and Patrick Dangerfield (18) were the Cats’ other chief ball winners.
Dangerfield was making his first AFL appearance since round five after recovering from an ankle injury.
Precocious Power forward Connor Rozee kicked five goals — four of them in the opening quarter — and teammate Charlie Dixon booted four for the match.
The Power had five of the top six ball-getters on the ground, with the outstanding Ollie Wines (29 disposals), Travis Boak (27), Karl Amon (21), Robbie Gray (20) and Dan Houston (20).
Rozee set the first term alight with four goals as his side took a 5.1 to 4.3 lead.
His first goal came when he took a free kick awarded to teammate Todd Marshall, who was concussed and subbed out of the match in an accidental collision with the Cats’ Lachie Henderson in the fifth minute.
Rozee then slotted three more in a sizzling seven-minute burst and also featured in the build-up to the Power’s initial two majors of the second quarter.
The Power were 21 points ahead 16 minutes into the second term but the Cats launched a spirited comeback with four goals in a nine-minute spree to take a three-point advantage into half-time, 8.5 to 8.2.
Scoring tightened in the third term with the Cats kicking three goals to two for a 10-point edge at three quarter-time.
The Power then charged with three goals inside seven minutes of the last quarter to hold a nine-point buffer, before Cameron sparked Geelong’s match-defining burst.