Geelong beat Fremantle last night by 32 points in a low-scoring match at a rain-soaked Optus Stadium.
The Dockers narrowly avoided kicking their lowest ever score in the 48 to 16 encounter.
Cats coach Chris Scott was happy to get the four points and move on ahead of Saturday night’s game against the Eagles.
“I thought our guys were just solid; from a game-style perspective, I don’t think there’s a whole lot to take away from the game,” he says.
“I thought our guys set up well; we had some good experience behind the ball and – especially in the first half – they controlled that part of the ground really well – but I don’t think it’s one we’ll reflect on for too long because in five days we’re back to play a team that’s pretty hot.”
Scott was impressed with debutant Brad Close, who scored a goal on his first ever AFL kick.
“I thought he performed really well; he kicked a goal really early on which would have settled the nerves and he’s a great athlete, too, so he adds a different dimension to our forward half and our midfield,” Scott says.
“I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t play next week.”
Round 9 starts tomorrow night, with the Bulldogs taking on Richmond, kicking off the first of 33 games in three weeks.
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