The unbeaten Cats got off to a fast start, kicking 5 goals before West Coast had woken up. The Eagles fought back to stay in the game, narrowing the gap to just 3 points early in the third quarter before the visiting side rattled off five of the next six goals to reassert their scoreboard dominance. West Coast were beaten but not embarrassed against the league leaders, with Dean Cox leading the way with 30 possessions and 32 hitouts and Tyson Stenglein shutting down the dangerous Steve Johnson.
|1/4 time||1/2 time||3/4 time||Final|
Goals: Brown, Lynch, McKinley 2, Cox, Kennedy, LeCras, Rosa, S.Selwood
Best: Cox, Stenglein, Hunter, Ebert, Priddis, Hurn
Injuries: Embley (ankle)
Milestones: Hunter final appearance
In: Priddis, Spangher
From the papersEdit
"After the Cats' five unanswered first-quarter goals in the blink of an eye, the Eagles did exactly what teams must do to get close to Geelong - try to keep Gary Ablett and Steve Johnson quiet, block up the corridor and take some risks themselves.
And until a barely believable brain fade by Jamie McNamara deep into the third quarter, the Eagles looked a genuine chance, thanks largely to the efforts of a resurgent Dean Cox and Tyson Stenglein.
Such has been Geelong's brilliance in recent years they have at times left teams and players wondering which way is up - and that would be the kindest explanation as to why McNamara burst out of a stoppage heading towards his own goal clearly believing he was about to score.
By the time he had signalled to his teammates and started his kick, it had dawned on the young Eagle he was running the wrong way - and when the ball subsequently landed in Shannon Byrnes' lap for his second goal, the embarrassment was only exceeded by the importance of the mistake.
Until then the team with the worst tackling record and worst efficiency in the competition had rectified both to a large degree, and with no Joel Corey or Max Rooke, Geelong's hard edge was slightly diminished."
Players in the WAFLEdit
Round 11 (6 June)
Bye: East Fremantle
In the lead-up to the match the following players were listed as injured or unavailable:
|Waters||Elbow||Season||On the LTI list, replaced by Davis 2/4/09|
|Staker||Broken hand||3 weeks|
Tim Clarke, The Age (8 June 2009), "Eagles dare to ruffle Cats": http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac?page=1&sy=age&kw=mckinley+and+hawkins+and+gamble&pb=age&dt=selectRange&dr=entire&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=nrm&clsPage=1&docID=AGE090608RE7FC30BVLH
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