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18 JUST FOOTY MONDAY JUNE 22 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Jack Viney gets a handpass away for Melbourne despite the presence of Geelong opponent Mathew Stokes during AFL Round 12 action at Simonds Stadium yesterday Picture: QUINN ROONEY GEELONG V MELBOURNE 113DEMONS5.2 7.3 13.4 18.5 89CATS3.1 6.4 11.5 13.11 GOALS Melbourne: J Garlett 4 A Neal-Bullen 3 B Vince 2 J Howe 2 M Jones 2 B Stretch D Tyson J Spencer M Gawn N Jones. Geelong: D Lang 2 S Johnson 2 S Kersten 2 S Motlop 2 T Hawkins 2 C Guthrie J Selwood J Walker. BEST Melbourne: B Vince, A Brayshaw, N Jones, M Gawn, L Dunn, J Viney, J Garlett. Geelong: C Guthrie, S Motlop, D Lang, H Taylor. UMPIRES C Donlon, T Pannell, A Stephens CROWD 28,007 at Simonds Stadium Dogs out to collar Saints this time THE Western Bulldogs will head into Saturday nights match against St Kilda full of confidence and looking for some retribution after the Saints remarkable comeback last time the teams met. The Bulldogs powered home in the second half of their Round 12 match against the Brisbane Lions to win by 72 points, aided by career-best goal hauls from Tom Boyd (four) and Mitch Wallis (three). The Dogs booted nine goals in the final term to halt an alarming trend of losing the fourth quarter. They had pre viously won two of 10 this season, the worst record of any team in the AFL. One of those was in the Round 6 match against St Kilda, when they led by 55 points in the third quarter only for Saints to steamroll home and win by seven Port tipped to power way into eight PORT Adelaide president David Koch is adamant the Power will still make the eight despite conceding the players are crumbling under the weight of expectation. The Power slumped to a 5-7 record with a loss to Carlton on Saturday and take on Sydney (SCG), Collingwood and Adelaide after the bye. He said yesterday the season was not over but believes the players have been burdened by predictions of greatness this year. All these predictions at the start of the year got way out ahead of themselves, he told Sevens Gameday yesterday. That weight of expectation has played on them you can see it in the fumbling and the skills. On the best day we can beat anyone, its just getting our headspace right. Im really confident well make the eight. Day for Enright all goes wrong THIS was not in the script. The celebration for Corey Enrights 300th game had been timed to the minute. Even the AFL fixture had done its job by giving the Cats a home game banking on Enright to continue his durability to Round 12 against a lesser light to ensure the focus could be solely on the champion half-back. Melbourne were the perfect opponent given they had not won a game at Geelongs Simonds Stadium since Round 20, 2005. For a man who had flown under the radar most of his career, Enright had rightfully been idolised with the local paper producing face masks. He entered the ground through a guard of honour of some of his friends from his home town of Kimba and premiership teammates Matthew Scarlett and Max Rooke. A couple of nice touches early got him going and when the Cats kicked the opening two goals of the game things were rolling as expected. That is where it stopped. Melbourne kicked the next five goals to indicate they would be party poopers. It was the beginning of a series of events that went outside the script by 18.5 (113) to 13.11 (89). Max Gawn was not supposed to have more contested marks than Geelong combined in the first half; Jack Viney was not supposed to stitch up Cats captain Joel Selwood; Bernie Vince and Nathan Jones were not supposed to combine for 73 possession; second-gamer Alex Neal-Bullen was not supposed to kick three goals; an undersized Lynden Dunn was not supposed to dominate Tom Hawkins and Matt Jones certainly was not supposed to do what most had failed over the past 14 years and curb Enrights influence. There had been plenty of cheers every time the man of the moment went near the ball for the first three quarters. The highlight came early in the second quarter when he nailed Angus Brayshaw with a bone-crunching tackle in front of the members, with some getting out of their seats to applaud. That was supposed to be the entree but when Jeff Garlett nailed his fourth goal at the 24minute mark of the last quarter, many of the Cats faithful had seen enough. The script had been torn up even if the final line had been followed, with Enright having the last kick of the game. Both sides have a bye in Round 13 with Geelong next facing Adelaide and Melbourne up against West Coast. SCOTT GULLAN A second chance on cards for Pies pair FROM BACK PAGE It was more of a lets have a chat with the president and let the boys speak openly, which they did. I think they left the meeting feeling better that they had spoken to Ed because they had met Gary Pert and Neil Balme and Nathan Buckley and Eds a big piece of that puzzle. Theyre certainly really remorseful and if they could take it all back, they would, but they were there to face the music and Eddie was fantastic in the way he handled it. Asked about the pairs chances of remaining at the club, Hazell said: Its fairly mixed emotions because theres one thing Ive not allowed them to think that (staying on the list) is going to happen. We all know how quickly things can turn in footy. That hypothetical has been discussed but in their minds its only a hypothetical. Weve discussed all the hypotheticals, and one being not playing AFL footy again. The meeting at McGuires home was the first between Keeffe and Thomas and the Collingwood president since the pair tested positive to the muscle-boosting drug in February. Coach Nathan Buckley has also held just one meeting with Keeffe and Thomas since the scandal broke. Any decision on the pair would require approval from Buckley and the football department before final tick off by the board. The good character of both players, as well as their playing ability, is a major factor behind the clubs contemplation. Keeffe, 25, and Thomas, 23, are both out of contract at seasons end. AFL legal counsel Andrew Dillon said: Its Collingwoods decision. they can leave them on the list. They dont have to de-list them if they are suspended. Gibbs set to miss games for no malice sling tackle on Gray BRYCE Gibbs is set to miss clashes against Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs despite a plea his sling tackle on Powers Robbie Gray had no malice. Grays game-ending concussion gives the match review panel the chance to elevate the penalty given it caused serious injury. That could see Gibbs sent straight to the tribunal but a more probable outcome is a finding of a careless, high impact charge with a threeweek penalty. Gibbs could accept a twoweek penalty with a guilty plea, in line with sling tackles by Shane Mumford (on Gary Ablett) and Justin Koschitzke (on Mitch Duncan). His teammate Kade Simp son said yesterday penalising Gibbs would turn the AFL into Gaelic football. But after pinning Grays arms in an upright tackle, Gibbs second movement was to slam him into the ground, an action which will certainly see him suspended. You never want to see blokes get carried off on stretchers. We just have to see how it plays out, Gibbs said. I didnt mean to put him on a stretcher or anything, but hopefully he is feeling all right and hopefully he can get up for next week. There is definitely no malice in the way I ... wanted to go out and hurt him or anything. Unfortunately his arms were pinned and his head hit the ground. Match review panel member Nathan Burke told ABC Radio the case would revolve around Gibbs duty of care and the potential double movement. There is no penalty against holding a players arms and putting them into the ground, he said. Where it comes into action is the duty of care and things like double movements, duty of care and the momentum generated through the tackle. AFL boss Mark Evans said yesterday the rules committee had spoken about sling tackles but there was no resolution to changes rules surrounding that type of tackle.