The fourth game of Saturday AFL Round 19 matches is between North Melbourne Kangaroos and Geelong Cats. The game is set to commence at 7:40 PM local time with the game to be played at Etihad Stadium. Away team Geelong Cats go into the match as the favourites in the market. View our preview and teams for the game between North Melbourne Kangaroos and Geelong Cats.
Round: Round 19 , August 02, 2014, 7:40 PM
Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Weather: 13° Shower or two
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GEELONG has won seven of its past nine games but its most recent win against a top-eight team came in round 10 against its opponent this Saturday night, North Melbourne. Although this makes the Cats’ form hard to gauge, North’s 2014 form is harder to read than James Joyce’s Ulysses. If the Roos that defeated Hawthorn in round 16 turn up against the Cats, we will have a cracking contest on our hands. But if the Roos that were so lacklustre against Carlton in round 18 turn up, the Cats should cruise to a comfortable win. Unfortunately for Geelong, North has generally been at its best against the best sides this year.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R10, 2014, Geelong 16.15 (111) d North Melbourne 13.13 (91) at Simonds Stadium
R19, 2013, North Melbourne 15.6 (96) d Geelong 13.8 (86) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2013, Geelong 16.16 (112) d North Melbourne 17.6 (108) at Etihad Stadium
R3, 2012, North Melbourne 20.11 (131) d Geelong 16.18 (114) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2011, Geelong 19.13 (127) d North Melbourne 9.7 (61) at Simonds Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. In the Cats’ win over the Kangaroos earlier this season, Tom Hawkins kicked four goals and veterans James Kelly and Jimmy Bartel starred with 33 and 32 possessions respectively. Brent Harvey was North’s best with 33 touches.
2. North has a 5-4 edge over Geelong in their games at Etihad Stadium, but the Cats have won four of the teams’ past six clashes at the Docklands venue.
3. Geelong is ranked 18th for goalkicking accuracy this season (46.3 per cent), while the Roos are ranked 15th (47.9 per cent).
4. Since round 10, the Cats have won six of eight games but all of those wins came against teams outside the top eight, with their two losses coming against teams in the eight at the time.
5. North is ranked second in disposal efficiency in 2014 (73.7 per cent), while Geelong is ranked sixth (72.5 per cent).
6. The teams boast two of the top five ranked players in the Official AFL Player Ratings, brought to you by Gatorade. Geelong skipper Joel Selwood is ranked No. 3 overall, while North star Brent Harvey is ranked No. 5.
North Melbourne Kangaroos:
B Michael Firrito, Scott D. Thompson, Luke McDonald.
HB Shaun Atley, Lachlan Hansen, Sam Wright.
C Sam Gibson, Andrew Swallow, Levi Greenwood
HF Nick Dal Santo, Aaron Black, Ryan Bastinac
F Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Fol Todd Goldstein, Ben Cunnington, Jack Ziebell
I/C Ben Jacobs, Leigh Adams, Majak Daw, Aaron Mullett
Emg Brad McKenzie, Mason Wood, Scott McMahon
In Aaron Mullett.
Out Scott McMahon (omitted).
B: Jared Rivers, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
HB Corey Enright, Harry Taylor, James Kelly
C: Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF Jordan Murdoch, Shane Kersten, Steven Motlop
F Travis Varcoe, Tom Hawkins, Allen Christensen
Fol: Hamish McIntosh, Josh Caddy, Steve Johnson
I/C: Mark Blicavs, Mitch Duncan, George Horlin-Smith, Mathew Stokes
Emg: Jed Bews, Darcy Lang, Dawson Simpson
In: Allen Christensen, Mark Blicavs
Out: Dawson Simpson (Omitted), Brad Hartman (omitted)