Cats break shackles and end dismal month of losses

Cats break shackles and end dismal month of losses

Geelong and its fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief, after their dismal four weeks of footy finally came to an end, as they overcame Richmond by 30 points at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.

After four losses on the trot for Chris Scott’s men, it took until the last quarter for the home side to click into gear.

They piled on four unaswered goals in the last term, keeping the Tigers at bay and grabbing a much-needed win.

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But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Geelong.

The Cats got off to a slugglish start, allowing the Tigers to kick four goals to their two in the first term.

Max Holmes celebrates.

Max Holmes celebrates with Shannon Neale. AFL Photos via Getty Images

Richmond were all over the Cats in the first half and it truly felt the the Tigers of old.

Dustin Martin danced like he was 22, not 32 and collected 15 for the game, as well as a goal.

But it was Geelong’s Ollie Dempsey who was able step up to the challenge, collecting 27 disposals and three goals.

It was also Geelong’s midfielders who finally stood up, managing to break free of Richmond’s shackles, with Max Holmes and Jack Bowes collevcting 29 disposals each.

Mykelti Lefau's knee is a concern.

Mykelti Lefau’s knee is a concern.  AFL Photos via Getty Images

The loss also came at a cost for the Tigers, with key forward Mykelti Lefau going down awkwardly on his knee in Richmond’s forward 50 in the final term.

His knee bent inwards, as he looked in complete agony and was attended to by trainers.

It raises serious concerns for Lefau, who ruptured his ACL back in round seven of 2022.

Brad Close.

Brad Close. Getty

He walked off the ground, but will likely head for scans.

A crowd of 31,054 packed into GMHBA Stadium.

Geelong now sit in fourth on the ladder, a big jump from seventh.

They now look ahead to a serious challenge in the Swans at the SCG, heading into with an 8-4 record.

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