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Selwood stars as Cats down Carlton

12/03/2011 09:00:51 PM Comments (0)

Geelong produced a belated fightback to ease past Carlton in their pre-season hit-out at Visy Park.

The Cats will enter their AFL round one game against St Kilda in two weeks on a positive note following an 11-point win on Saturday.

Forward Joel Selwood led the Cat attack, ending with a game-high 34 possessions and kicking two goals.

Geelong were content to let Carlton set the pace for the first three quarters before hitting back strongly in the final term to overrun the tiring Blues 14.8 (92) to 11.15 (81).

Carlton were ahead at every change and led by 25 points 11 minutes into the final term.

But Geelong reeled off six straight majors in the last quarter, including three by Steve Johnson and two by Mitch Brown, to surge ahead.

Darren Milburn with 26 touches and Matthew Scarlett combined to repel the Blues while Selwood was backed up by Johnson, who ended the game with 25 possessions.

For Carlton, midfielder Bryce Gibbs was the top possession winner with 26 ahead of skipper Chris Judd who had 24 touches.

Jeff Garlett, Jarrad Waite and Andrew Walker all booted three goals for the Blues.

Geelong assistant coach Brenton Sanderson said the Cats had played well in patches but there were issues they needed to work hard on over the next fortnight.

"We're as happy as we can be I guess," Sanderson said.

"It's always difficult with these matches when you're a week or two out from the first round and you never really know what to expect with some of your senior players and your younger players.

"But I guess it's a bit of a tick for us to get that pre-season out of the way and look forward to round one.

"They probably played better than us for the majority of the game but it was good for us to really guts it out.

"We didn't play a four-quarter performance like we would have liked but we still got a lot out of the game," he said.

"We have identified a few things that we need to focus on before playing the Saints in a couple of weeks.

"We played a bit patchy today but we didn't look at the scoreboard too much today.

"We were frustrated with a lot of things we did but also happy with a lot of things," Sanderson said.

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