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Eagles turn Cats into road kill

By James Dampney 02/04/2005 10:24:22 PM Comments (0)

West Coast has remained undefeated in 2005 and continued Geelong's road blues with a 22-point AFL win at Subiaco Oval.

The Cats had lost 16 of their past 17 interstate games heading into tonight's clash and hadn't beaten West Coast at Perth since round 20, 2000.

They will have to wait at least another year to break that trend after being over-run by the Eagles 12.12 (84) to 8.14 (62) in a solid second half display.

Already missing skipper Ben Cousins (finger) and full-forward Andrew McDougall (shoulder), injury-prone West Coast big man Michael Gardiner tweaked a hamstring in the second term and didn't return.

But it had little impact on an Eagles outfit buoyed by a four-goal return to youngster Ashley Hansen.

Shannon Byrnes, 20, enjoyed a day out for Geelong, finishing with 24 disposals and two goals, the second of which gave his side the lead midway through the third term.

But West Coast responded with goals to Michael Braun, Andrew Embley and fullback Darren Glass in a damaging five-minute spell to open a 15-point lead at the last change.

Ruckman Dean Cox stretched the advantage with the first goal of the final term and the result was sealed when 22-year-old Hansen kicked his four minutes later.

Geelong enjoyed the better start, dominating the early possession, but the visitors were left to rue some inaccurate kicking at goal.

The Cats managed just 1.6 at the first break to West Coast's 3.2 as the home side took an eight-point lead into quarter-time.

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