Geelong Cats vs. Sydney Swans match highlights
Geelong Cats has become the second team to break the ton in the 15.12 (102) to 4.3 (27) result with the second-highest AFLW score in a thumping 75-point decimation of an inexperienced Sydney.
But the Cats will be sweating on a right ankle injury to Georgie Prespakis ahead of finals next week after the young star midfielder landed awkwardly in a tackle early in the fourth quarter and did not return.
In her absence, Darcy Moloney spent more time on the ball alongside stalwarts Amy McDonald and Becky Webster.
Geelong Vs. Sydney Swan match highlights and stats
Geelong slammed through four straight goals to open the game. It looked as if the result was fast barrelling towards a rout within just 10 minutes, but to Sydney’s credit, it didn’t go into its shell, responding with two of its own through neat, short passing.
Ally Morphett was a strong presence in attack for the Swans, but the ball just didn’t get down there nearly enough, although there were some nice passages of play along the way.
Geelong barely put a foot wrong, having ticked off its third-highest score halfway through the second term, and recording the highest ever AFLW half-time score of 60.
It was driven from the midfield, with dangerous duo Prespakis and McDonald recording 21 and 19 disposals respectively to the main break.
The ever-persistent rain of the past three weeks finally arrived in the last quarter. It made conditions uncomfortably slippery and evened up the general play somewhat.
Swans tall Bella Smith was composed under enormous pressure at full-back, while Cynthia Hamilton played a near-lone hand in the midfield (19 and five clearances).
Chloe Scheer booted a career-high four goals, talls Jackie Parry and Kate Darby created plenty of pressure overhead and Rachel Kearns provided plenty of bounce across half-forward.
Prespakis 21, A. McDonald 19, Bowen 12, Moloney 11, Friswell, Webster 9.
Moloney 6, Gardiner, Prespakis 3.
Geelong: Scheer 4, Parry 2, Darby 2, Scott 2, Kearns, Webster, Morrison, Gardiner, A. McDonald
Sydney: Privitelli, Morphett, Dargan, Lochland.
Geelong: A. McDonald, Prespakis, Scheer, Bowen, Moloney
Sydney: C. Hamilton, Smith, Morphett, Heads.
North Melbourne-Richmond clash on Sunday
Geelong will be waiting on the result of the North Melbourne-Richmond clash on Sunday to find out if it will be playing a qualifying or elimination final next week. Sydney’s season is done, finishing last on the ladder.
GEELONG 5.0 9.6 13.9 15.12 (102)
SYDNEY 2.2 2.2 2.3 4.3 (27)
Cats fans are thrilled with their triumph. They congratulate their players through social media posts..
Cat Girls are on 🔥🔥🔥 #AFLWCatsSwans— Max Blake (@maxblake44) October 29, 2022