Geelong’s three-point win over Melbourne on Sunday has come at a major price with star defender Tom Stewart struggling a suspected damaged collarbone.
The twin All-Australian backman was damage in an off-the-ball incident involving Tom McDonald, who moved in the direction of Stewart earlier than the pair bumped shoulders in a seemingly innocuous conflict.
Stewart got here off second finest and was dominated out at quarter-time.
It was a bitter word for the Cats on a day once they didn’t impress however did sufficient to outlast Melbourne in a dour 7.5 (47) to six.8 (44) win.
The match did not come alive till the ultimate couple of minutes, when Cats defender Mark O’Connor’s horror turnover in the again pocket allowed Angus Brayshaw to kick a aim that lower the margin to 4 factors.
Off-season recruit Adam Tomlinson had the possibility to win the match for Melbourne in the dying levels however his set shot from 50m drifted simply large.
Cam Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Sam Menegola and Patrick Dangerfield had been all busy for Geelong as Darcy Fort and Esava Ratugolea labored onerous to forestall Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn from dominating.
The Demons loved a 32-23 clearance benefit and had eight extra inside-50s however had been undone by their inefficiency.
Melbourne made 5 modifications for his or her second match in the area of three months after sitting out in spherical three when their conflict with Essendon was postponed.
They took time to settle and went goalless in the primary quarter, however flipped the script in the second time period to take a 2.3 (15) to 2.2 (14) lead into halftime.
The ugly contest produced the lowest-scoring first half of 2020 with few highlights to talk of regardless of the match being performed in excellent situations.
Ratugolea began the second half in the ruck and loved a five-minute purple patch because the Cats slammed on the primary three objectives of the third time period to place a break on their opponents.
The Dees appeared out of it till the ultimate couple of minutes when Brayshaw gave them a sniff.
The robust on-baller kicked two majors as the one a number of aim kicker for both aspect on the day.
Clayton Oliver, Jack Viney and Christian Petracca had been amongst Melbourne’s finest ball-winners and Kysaiah Pickett usually appeared harmful in assault with out kicking a aim.
Geelong subsequent host in-form Gold Coast at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday, whereas Melbourne face a visit north to tackle Sydney on the SCG.