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Cats overcome dogged Dons

Cats overcome dogged Dons

BOOM recruits Jeremy Cameron, Isaac Smith and Shaun Higgins all made valuable contributions as Geelong edged inaccurate Essendon by seven points in the AFL pre-season match at GMHBA Stadium

There was plenty to like about the new-look Bombers in coach Ben Rutten’s first official game in charge since taking over from John Worsfold.

But they were left to rue inaccuracy in front of goal on Saturday night as the Cats slotted the last two goals of the game through the impressive Jordan Clark and youngster Francis Evans to win 12.7 (79) to 9.18 (72).

Former GWS spearhead Cameron was Geelong’s biggest off-season signing and he showed some good signs after battling a hamstring strain during the pre-season.

The nine-time Giants leading goalkicker booted two second-quarter goals.

Three-time Hawthorn premiership star Smith amassed 25 possessions, while ex- Western Buudlogs and North Melbourne midfielder Higgins had 11 disposals and kicked a goal.

The Cats were also well served by midfielders Clark and Patrick Dangerfield.

After the off-season departures of Joe Daniher (Brisbane), Adam Saad (Carlton) and Orazio Fantasia (Port Adelaide), the Bombers will field a much different looking side in 2021.

Former St Kilda defender Nick Hind, ex-Gold Coast key forward Peter Wright and midfielder Jye Caldwell (GWS) were all among the Bombers’ best contributors against the Cats.

Back in the leadership group after surprisingly being overlooked in 2020, midfielder Zach Merrett led the way for the Bombers with a game-high 37 possessions.

The Geelong players wore black armbands honouring much-loved club volunteer Vic Fuller, whio collapsed at a training session last month and was unable to be revived.

The 79-year-old served the Cats in a myriad of roles over almost 50 years.

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GEELONG 4.2 6.2 9.5 12.7 (79)

ESSENDON 1.5 5.10 6.15 9.18 (72)

Goals: Geelong: G Rohan 2 J Cameron 2 C Guthrie F Evans J Bews J Clark M Blicavs S Higgins T Hawkins Z Guthrie. Essendon: C Hooker 4 D Smith 2 A McGrath K Langford P Wright.

Umpires: Brendan Hosking, Nicholas Foot, Robert O’Gorman, Jamie Broadbent.