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Cats smash Demons by 54 points

By Roger Vaughan 29/05/2010 07:02:58 PM Comments (0)

Gary Ablett set aside mounting speculation about his AFL future, producing another impressive performance as Geelong easily beat Melbourne by 54 points.

Ablett had 32 disposals and kicked two goals as the Cats had the better of the Demons in a scrappy match on Saturday at Skilled Stadium, 18.13 (121) to 10.7 (67).

The latest in the ongoing saga about whether Ablett stays at Geelong or goes to the Gold Coast next year is that he might put off his decision until the end of the season.

Geelong coach Mark Thompson, like everyone else at the club, is sick of the speculation and was keen post-match to say nothing that would add to the subject.

Ablett was surely high among Geelong's best alongside Joel Selwood and James Podsiadly.

Thompson played a straight bat when asked about Ablett, saying he was "good in patches".

The Cats coach was also asked about Ablett's ability to play well, despite the massive decision on his football future and the attendant media frenzy.

"I probably shouldn't say anything because it will probably get repeated 55 times tomorrow on radio," Thompson said.

Thompson was far happier to talk about other Geelong players, especially Podsiadly.

The 28-year-old mature-age rookie is in his first AFL season and he is proving one of the great stories this year.

The key forward led Geelong's goalkickers against Melbourne with five, taking his season's tally to 23.

It was the fourth time Podsiadly had kicked five goals in a game at Skilled Stadium.

Podsiadly's haul featured the best moment of the match, a great snap from 50m early in the third term which came after some impressive evasive work from Paul Chapman on the wing.

"He was very impressive, he just continues to improve and look comfortable playing at (AFL) level - it's quite a good story, we love it," Thompson said.

"He's very well-liked here, just the way the crowd gets behind him."

Thompson chuckled when asked if Podsiadly might win All-Australian selection.

"He's kicked a lot of goals, maybe that would be the icing on the cake, wouldn't it," Thompson said.

"I didn't think he would be as good."

Geelong set the tone from the first bounce, kicking three goals in the first seven minutes.

"The guys who represented us today, on some occasions, let ourselves down, but we played against an exceptional opposition and we like to think there are going to be some good lessons learnt," said Melbourne coach Dean Bailey.

The game was also about who did not play - Geelong star Matthew Scarlett was out with a hamstring injury and Melbourne rested star youngsters Jack Trengove and Tom Scully.

Thompson said the Cats would have tried to "squash" the two young Demons and said he was rapt the Geelong defence did not miss a beat without Scarlett.

"It's a great thing that Scarlett misses games and lets us see how we perform as a group, as a team and as a back group without him - who's going to stand up, how's it look?," Thompson said.

Melbourne first-gamer Jordan Gysberts impressed with 26 possessions and Brad Green kicked three goals.

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