By Ben Jensen GEELONG CATS V PORT ADELAIDE POWER GEELONG easily accounted for Port Adelaide in their first Skilled Stadium home game for 2011. Max Rooke made a lap of honour around the ground to huge cheers before the Cats ran out to a guard of honour of past greats. The first quarter was a bit scrappy in very windy conditions, the Cats though in front by seven points at the change. They struggled again in the five minutes following but from that point on slammed the gate shut on the Power, booting four unanswered goals to lead by twenty-nine points at half time. The third quarter bordered on a procession for the first ten minutes, the Cats putting paid to any suggestions of a Power come-back. The boys from Alberton did however kick three in a row to finish the quarter forty-three down. Dam Menzel kicked the opener to a huge reception, but that was nothing compared to the cheers Allen Christensen got when he kicked his maiden AFL goal. In the end the Cats, as predicted, were simply too good for Port Adelaide, winners by just under eighty points.

The day started well enough for the Cattery trio I was a part of, my first game at Skilled since round 21 2007, when of course we didn’t quite beat Port (but certainly made up for it a month later!) Followed the now traditional route to the game; drove down on the Saturday arvo and went out for a meal the night before at the Lord of the Isles Tavern, which is looking great after the renovations.

New experience for the other two also as we’d just moved seats from the Hickey Stand to the Premiers Stand; looked great on first inspection, our seats in the remaining sunshine and although only five rows back, very well elevated. We grabbed a reasonable-ish priced cappuccino each and got comfy for the game ahead. Allen Christensen was named ‘sub’ for the Cats, while former Geelong player Jason Davenport took the same role for the Power. FULL STORY

GEELONG: 2.6, 6.11, 11.14, 17.20 (122) DEFEATED
PORT ADELAIDE: 1.5, 2.5. 5.7, 6.7 (43)

GEELONG: Menzel 2, Chapman 2, Bartel 2, Duncan 2, Ling, Hunt, Johnson, Stokes, Ottens, Hawkins, Podsiadly, Christensen , Corey
PORT ADELAIDE: Gray 2, Westhoff, Hartlett, C. Cornes, Stewart

GEELONG: Bartel, Kelly, Selwood, Ottens, Corey, Chapman
PORT ADELAIDE: K.Cornes, Rodan, Boak, Logan



CROWD: 22,420 at Skilled Stadium, Geelong

About Ben Jensen

Geelong fanatic back in town after a few years away.

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