Another Joel Selwood midfield masterclass inspired Geelong to a 48-point trouncing of Port Adelaide in a feisty AFL encounter on Saturday night.
Selwood collected 28 disposals in Geelong’s 16.11 (107) to 8.11 (59) win at Adelaide Oval but could face match review panel scrutiny.
The Geelong captain and Port backman Jackson Trengove struck each other high with glancing blows in a behind-play scuffle in the second term.
And numerous players from both clubs will foot a hefty bill for a quarter-time melee which simmered for nearly two minutes and, while never quite boiling over, will warm the AFL’s coffers.
Cats coach Chris Scott and Port midfielder Hamish Hartlett both appeared to exchange words in the aftermath of the scuffle, which followed a strong opening from the Power.
Port led 5.4 to 1.4 at quarter-time but were then blitzed by the Cats, who kicked 14 of the next 16 goals en route to an emphatic fourth win of the season.
Forward Daniel Menzel kicked three goals and ex-Crow Patrick Dangerfield, booed out of habit by Port’s 44,937-strong crowd, and Shane Kersten both booted two.
Dangerfield (29 disposals) helped form a dominant midfield with Selwood, who had 11 clearances, Mitch Duncan (27 possessions) and Cameron Guthrie (25 touches).
And Geelong duo Corey Enright and Harry Taylor were supreme in defence against a Port side stuck in a rut – three heavy losses in four weeks.
Power onballer Ollie Wines (two goals, 24 possessions, 10 tackles) battled gamely and recruit Charlie Dixon kicked three majors but the home side paid the price for a lame second term when Geelong booted 6.1 to two points to seize all momentum.