AFL Finals 2020 | Long in the tooth Geelong Cats draw blood against Collingwood Magpies

There was a frenetic sense of purpose to Geelong’s play from the first bounce. Collingwood attempted to reprise the daring they rediscovered against the Eagles last week, and lasted about eight minutes before wilting as the Cats quickly gained the ascendancy at ground level, and began beating the Pies up at ground level.

Soon they were cutting the Pies up, too. Gary Ablett made his first intervention, collecting the ball on the forward flank and putting the ball in front of Zach Tuohy. Soon, he had slipped clear again and found Gryan Miers, who notched Geelong’s third. Collingwood hadn’t yet hit the scoreboard.

By the end of the first, the Cats’ dominance was absolute: in weight of possession, in territory, and in effectiveness. They, too, were playing with a flair that too often has deserted them come springtime: they moved the ball quickly, and trusted their forwards to get the job done.


Within a little over a minute of the second quarter, the siren was ready to blow on Collingwood’s season. Dangerfield smashed a pack up forward; Hawkins took the crumbs to dish off the ball to Luke Dahlhaus for the Cats’ fifth. Less than a minute later, Dangerfield curled in a checkside from outside the boundary.

At that point, the Magpies had managed just the one scoring shot: a sharp goal to Jamie Elliott from a throw-in late in the first quarter. The tentativeness that has bedevilled their season re-emerged: a series of handballs backwards saw Jack Madgen pinned by Dangerfield, and an identical checkside from the same position as the first.

By then the game was done. Geelong’s lead was already out to eight goals; then nine, Cameron Guthrie drilling a long shot. Collingwood, at half-time, still had only Elliott’s major to their credit. The unlikely triumph of last week in the west was already a distant memory. Perhaps it had simply stretched credibility too far.

Stand over tactics: Geelong’s Mark Blicavs and Collingwood’s Mason Cox.Credit:Getty Images

Geelong could afford to slow things down after that, and still Collingwood couldn’t find the ball. They didn’t score again until 15 minutes into the third quarter – a behind to Elliott, to go with his goal. The forwards could hardly be blamed: at three-quarter time, the Pies’ three top ball winners had it just a dozen times each.

Almost predictably, there were a few junk-time goals in the last quarter. But there was no disguising what had happened: this was a slaughter, the Cats adding six goals in the last themselves, with two apiece to Dangerfield and Hawkins, another, fittingly, to Joel Selwood. They may be long in the tooth. But they can still draw blood.

4.4 9.6 9.8 15.10 (100)
COLLINGWOOD 1.0 1.0 1.1 5.2 (32)

Goals – Geelong: Dangerfield 4 Hawkins 4 Tuohy Stanley Miers Dahlhaus Guthrie Menegola Selwood. Collingwood: Mihocek 2 Elliott Grundy Stephenson

Best – Geelong: Dangerfield Hawkins Stewart Henderson Duncan Menegola. Collingwood: Crisp Adams Treloar.

Umpires: Stevic Chamberlain Fleer

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Tooth left behind may help experts track down suspected great white

Gold Coast beaches remain closed as the hunt continues for a shark that killed much-loved surfer Nick Slater.

Locals are still in shock after the real estate agent was bitten while surfing at Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta about 5pm yesterday.

Witnesses rushed to rescue him, but he lost too much blood and died from his injuries.

The tooth is approximately 3cm by 4.5cm. (Supplied)

Professional surfer Mark Occhilupo had been surfing at Greenmount Beach just before the tragedy.

“It felt really safe out there, especially with safety in numbers, there was at least 60 people out there yesterday,” Mr Occhilupo told 9News.

“It was his unlucky day, the poor man. My heart goes out to his family.”

Mr Slater’s former boss, Andrew Bell, said there was “a lot of shock around”.

“Such a lovely guy that people have the highest regard for,” he said.

A photo of one of the shark’s tooth — taken by Department of Fisheries officials after it was found lodged in Mr Slater’s board — indicate it is about 45mm long and 30mm wide.

The jaw imprint left in Mr Slater’s fibreglass board. (Nine)

Images of Mr Slater’s board showed the imprint of the animal’s jaw.

Based on early analysis of the tooth, the department believes the shark was a 3.5m white pointer.

Earlier today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament a tiger shark had been caught in nets near the beach.

Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said it was unclear if it was the same animal that caused the fatal bite.

“The location has had shark control equipment in place since 1968 and has eight drumlines and one net. These were checked yesterday morning, as they are on a regular basis,” Mr Furner said.

The tooth led experts at the Department of Fisheries to believe it belonged to a white pointer shark. (Supplied)

“These are deterrents to sharks; like anything, it’s not fail-proof.”

The beach was packed at the time of the attack, with witnesses traumatised by the tragedy that unfolded in front of them.

“I spotted a man in the water where they were pointing to – he was just lying next to the board, motionless,” Jade Parker told 9News.

Ian Edgehill, another witness and local resident, said he was shocked.

“I looked and saw a board with what looked like teeth marks in it,” Mr Edgehill said.

“It’s pretty surprising because when you live around here you don’t expect this kind of thing at all.”

All beaches from the border to North Burleigh will remain closed and a helicopter will continue doing regular sweeps along the beach, along with lifeguard patrols.

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