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Cameron stars as Cats down Port

Cameron stars as Cats down Port

PRIZED recruit Jeremy Cameron booted five goals as Geelong put another dent in Port Adelaide’s AFL premiership credentials with a 21-point win on Thursday night.

Cameron was the game-breaker with three last-quarter goals in Geelong’s stirring 17.10 (112) to 14.7 (91) triumph at Adelaide Oval.

The Cats twice rose from the canvas: they rallied from 21 points down midway through the second term to create a 10-point lead at three-quarter time.

That lead rapidly disappeared early in the last quarter when Port kicked three quick goals to steal momentum and a nine-point break.

But a gallant Geelong surged again and scored the next five goals, with Cameron slotting three of them.

The Cats solidify their grip on third spot with their ninth win of the season.

But the fifth-placed Power slide to a fourth loss – and all defeats have been against finals fancies: West Coast, Brisbane, the Western Bulldogs and now Geelong.

Cameron’s output was supported by Tom Hawkins, who kicked 4.4, while Gary Rohan kicked three goals and Brandon Parfitt scored two.

Backman Tom Stewart (23 disposals, five marks) was superb while Mitch Duncan (20 touches), Cameron (19 possessions), Rohan (18) and Patrick Dangerfield (18) were other chief ball-winners.

Precocious Port forward Connor Rozee kicked five goals – four of them in the opening quarter – while teammate Charlie Dixon booted also four for the match.

The Power had five of the top six ball-getters on the ground, with the outstanding Ollie Wines (29 disposals), Travis Boak (27), Karl Amon (21), Robbie Gray (20) and Dan Houston (20).

And Rozee set the first term alight with four goals as his side took a 5.1 to 4.3 lead.

Rozee’s first goal came from when he took a free kick to teammate Todd Marshall, who was concussed – and subbed out of the game – in an accidental collision with Cat backman Lachie Henderson in the fifth minute.

Rozee then slotted three more in a sizzling seven-minute burst and also featured in the build-up to the Power’s initial two majors of the second quarter – they were 21 points ahead 16 minutes into the term.

But the Cats launched a spirited comeback with four goals in a nine minute spree to take a three-point advantage into halftime, 8.5 to 8.2.

Scoring tightened in the third term with the Cats kicking three goals to two for a 10-point edge at three quarter-time.

The Power then charged with three goals inside seven minutes of the last quarter to hold a nine-point buffer, before Cameron sparked Geelong’s match-defining burst.

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GEELONG 4.3 8.5 11.8 17.10 (112)

PORT ADELAIDE 5.1 8.2 10.4 14.7 (91)

Goals: Geelong: J Cameron 5 T Hawkins 4 G Rohan 3 B Parfitt 2 I Smith L Henderson M Duncan. Port Adelaide: C Rozee 5 C Dixon 4 K Farrell L Jones M Georgiades O Wines S Powell-Pepper.

Umpires: Chris Donlon, Jeff Dalgleish, John Howorth.

Official Crowd: 28,718 at Adelaide Oval.