Geelong captain Joel Selwood has nailed a last-minute supergoal to defeat West Coast by two points in the first match of this afternoon’s NAB Cup fixture at Patersons Stadium.
The Eagles seemingly had control of the match before the visitors surged in time-on to snatch the 1.6.4 (49) to 1.6.2 (47) victory.
The Cats’ Gold Coast recruit Josh Caddy got his career at the club off to a flying start with a goal in the first minute, with James Podsiadly adding another shortly after for the visitors.
Eagles forward Mark LeCras took some time to get into his first game in more than a year, and left fans’ hearts in their mouths when he was crunched by a Travis Varcoe tackle after his first kick of the game.
The Eagles added the next two goals through Ashton Hams and Jack Darling before the match descended into a game of ping pong between the two halfback lines, with Darling eventually breaking the deadlock one minute before the halftime break.
Geelong began the second stanza with two quick goals before the Eagles took control of the match with four straight, including a nine-point super goal to the prolific Bradd Dalziell.
LeCras had the crowd in raptures with a seamless set shot from the boundary marked his first goal since 2011.
But despite this being only a pre-season game, Geelong were not willing to lost.
Goals to Josh Walker and Varcoe dragged them back into the match before skipper Joel Selwood nailed a supergoal to steal the lead at the death.
WEST COAST 0.3.0 1.6.2 47
GEELONG 0.2.0 1.6.4 49
SUPERGOALS: WEST COAST: Dalziell. GEELONG: Selwood.
GOALS: WEST COAST: Darling 3, McInnes, LeCras, Hams.
GEELONG: Podsiadly 2, Caddy, Hawkins, Walker, Varcoe.
BEST: WEST COAST: Darling, Dalziell, Masten, Shuey, Glass,
GEELONG: Podsiadly, Horlin-Smith, Enright, Taylor, Selwood