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Thompson praises Ablett in dream win

By Justin Chadwick 22/06/2008 12:47:32 PM Comments (0)

Not even in his wildest dreams did Geelong coach Mark Thompson think his AFL team could be that good.

The Cats took it all before them last year on the way to a drought-breaking premiership, during which they thumped Port Adelaide by 119 points in the grand final.

But Thompson was stunned after watching his side dismantle West Coast by 135 points.

In a Geelong team that boasted winners all over the park, one man stood head and shoulders above the rest - Gary Ablett.

The silky smooth midfielder tore West Coast to bits on the way to 37 possessions and two goals.

Ablett, who started the round as a hot Brownlow Medal favourite, shrugged off tackles at will and propelled his team forward time and again as Geelong cruised to their 12th win of the season, 28.14 (182) to 5.17 (47).

It was Ablett's fourth game on the trot where he collected more than 30 possessions.

"He's probably playing the best he can play at the moment, and that's a big, big compliment," Thompson said of his star midfielder.

"He's just been in outstanding form.

"But he's playing in a good team. Paul Chapman, (Cameron) Mooney, Andrew Mackie, there were a lot of good players out there tonight.

"We never in our wildest dreams thought we'd win by this much. I thought the boys played extremely well.

"It's just nice. it's sweet. It's great to see a group of guys play so well for a large period of time."

It's hard to imagine that just four weeks ago Geelong suffered a shock 86-point loss to Collingwood.

Thompson said that defeat could prove to be the turning point in Geelong's season.

"It certainly sparked me and the coaches," Thompson said.

"Since then they (the players) seemed to have sort of turned the corner and got back to playing the footy similar to what we played last year."

Geelong now have a week off before taking on Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on July 4.

Thompson said All-Australian full-back Matthew Scarlett would return from a hamstring injury for the match.

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