Geelong may have continued his winning path against the Sydney Swans, but could have been Tom Hawkins without Starward after a wandering elbow off the spearhead.
The incident happened early in the fourth quarter with the Cats ahead of 22 points, when Swan's defender, Jordan Dawson, went back with the flight of the ball to get an interception mark in Geelong & # 39; s 13. 7 (85) to 8. 15. (63) victory at GMHBA Stadium.
As Dawson recoiled after taking the mark, Hawkins released his left elbow from his body and pulled Dawson into his head.
The teammates of Dawson immediately protested against Hawkins, while the commentators thought about whether he would suffer the same fate as the suspended Gary Ablett.
"He may have some difficulty with Tom," demon legend Garry Lyon told Fox Footy.
"It was an unimportant blow, there's no real malice about it, but it was ugly (and) messy."
Sydney enjoyed a remarkable success score in the GMHBA Stadium and won in each of the previous three years – a record became even more remarkable as the Cats dropped only one other game at home in another team seasons within three and a half minutes.
The swans made another flying start on Saturday and scored a 15-point lead with three of the first four goals.
The Cats stabilized with five consecutive majors – including two against Hawkins to score 16 points away.
Sydney rose again and it needed a big goal directly on the siren of Mitch Duncan to give the Cats a small six point advantage at half time.
The Cats made the decisive breakthrough at the start of the third term with three goals within two and a half minutes.
Shortly thereafter, Hawkins kicked his fourth to push the margin to 29 points.
The swans continued to connect in the last quarter, but were never able to get the margin below the two goals.
The first games by enigmatic forward Gary Rohan and Daniel Menzel against their former games were mostly non-events.
Rohan was held aimlessly while Menzel kicked his only major in the last fifteen minutes in his first senior swan match.
The cats were well served by midfield stars, Tim Kelly, Patrick Dangerfield and Duncan, while Dane Rampe and Luke Parker played the leading role for the swans.
Geelong lost first-choice ruckman Rhys Stanley to an adductor tribe before the opening stop, paving the way for Zac Smith to play his first senior match of 2019.
The next match of Geelong is a blockbuster on Friday evening against Richmond at the MCG.
Sydney host reigning Premier West Coast on Sunday week at the SCG.
– With AAP