The Adelaide Crows have defeated the Geelong Cats at GMHBA Stadium on Sunday, securing their second victory of the 2020 season.
The 11-point win pushed the reigning premiers into the forth spot on the ladder, shy of a higher spot completely due to percentage.
Final Score: GEE 6.2: 38 ADL 8.1: 49
Heavy on attack through all four quarters, the Crows pressured 43 insides 50s and claimed the lead at each break of the match.
Leading the Crows pack was Marinoff and Ponter who ensured the ball was played on their terms.
With the Cats 62% kick efficiency, and 39 marks, this was no easy task, but with little rest from Foley, the Crows ensured they got the ball back in their court.
Ponter guided an impressive four kicks through the big polls, while Marinoff soared and lead the stat-pack with 25 disposals while holding off an inform competitor.
Equal second-top goal scorer for the match, Biddell, helped ensure the Crows flew even higher despite the pressure they were put under – converting two goals.
The match also saw Crows’ Gore and Jones pilot single goals for Adelaide, and the Cats’ Cranston, Purcell, McWilliams and Boyd made their 6-point mark for Geelong.
Leading the way for the Cats was Higgins who claimed two goals through some impressive play.
Massive improvement from both sides this round brought some incredible under pressure and response moments resulting in conversions and roars from the 3195 strong crowd.
One such moment was a quick snap and kick from Ponter in the third, while being tackled hard by McDonald, resulting in a jaw dropping goal off the tip of her boot.
However, a questionable moment was also present with just 1 minute left on the clock. A controversial goal was handed to Ponter by the umpire for a deliberate rushed behind after Cats defender McMahon stepped over the goal line after she got hold of the footy less than a second earlier.
This drew some tension from the crowd and Channel 7 commentators, stripping hope from a Cats miracle win despite their valiant performance.
The boos from fans, who felt robbed despite Crows having the lead before the call, can be heard as the girls sung their victory song.
The well deserved win saw the Crows not giving up their lead once during the match since they secured it halfway through the first quarter.
Next week, the Crows will take on the Carlton at Richmond Oval on Sunday, while the Cats will challenge the Tigers at Queen Elizabeth Oval on Saturday.
— Match Stats —
|Geelong Cats:||2.0 3.0 5.2 6.2 (38)|
|Adelaide Crows:||3.0 5.0 6.1 8.1 (49)|
|Geelong Cats||Higgins (2), McWilliams, Boyd, Purcell, Cranston|
|Adelaide Crows||Ponter (4), Biddell (2), Gore, Jones|
Crowd: 3195 at GMHBA Stadium
Feature Image and Stat Source: Adelaide Football Club and Fox Sports