Prized recruit Jeremy Cameron booted 5 objectives as Geelong put one other dent in Port Adelaide’s AFL premiership credentials with a 21-point win on Thursday night time.
Cameron was the game-breaker with three last-quarter objectives in Geelong’s stirring 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91) triumph at Adelaide Oval.
The Cats twice rose from the canvas: they rallied from 21 factors down halfway by way of the second time period to create a 10-point lead at three quarter-time.
That lead quickly disappeared early within the final quarter when Port kicked three fast objectives to steal momentum and a nine-point break.
However a gallant Geelong surged once more and scored the subsequent 5 objectives, with Cameron slotting three of them.
The Cats solidify their grip on third spot with their ninth win of the season.
However the fifth-placed Energy slide to a fourth loss – and all defeats have been in opposition to finals fancies: West Coast, Brisbane, the Western Bulldogs and now Geelong.
Cameron’s output was supported by Tom Hawkins, who kicked 4.4, whereas Gary Rohan kicked three objectives and Brandon Parfitt scored two.
Backman Tom Stewart (23 disposals, 5 marks) was excellent whereas Mitch Duncan (20 touches), Cameron (19 possessions), Rohan (18) and Patrick Dangerfield (18) have been different chief ball-winners.
Precocious Port ahead Connor Rozee kicked 5 objectives – 4 of them within the opening quarter – whereas teammate Charlie Dixon booted additionally 4 for the match.
The Energy had 5 of the highest six ball-getters on the bottom, with the excellent Ollie Wines (29 disposals), Travis Boak (27), Karl Amon (21), Robbie Grey (20) and Dan Houston (20).
And Rozee set the primary time period alight with 4 objectives as his facet took a 5.1 to 4.3 lead.
Rozee’s first aim got here from when he took a free kick to teammate Todd Marshall, who was concussed – and subbed out of the sport – in an unintended collision with Cat backman Lachie Henderson within the fifth minute.
Rozee then slotted three extra in a scorching seven-minute burst and likewise featured within the build-up to the Energy’s preliminary two majors of the second quarter – they have been 21 factors forward 16 minutes into the time period.
However the Cats launched a spirited comeback with 4 objectives in a 9 minute spree to take a three-point benefit into halftime, 8.5 to eight.2.
Scoring tightened within the third time period with the Cats kicking three objectives to 2 for a 10-point edge at three quarter-time.
The Energy then charged with three objectives inside seven minutes of the final quarter to carry a nine-point buffer, earlier than Cameron sparked Geelong’s match-defining burst.