Cats win despite the best efforts of prodigal son Gary Ablett
A scoring spree by the Geelong Cats in the final quarter has seen them run out 52-point winners against the Gold Coast Suns to deny former captain Gary Ablett a memorable win.
Both sides traded the lead through the first three quarter before a nine-goal final term pushed the home side over the top, to see them run out 18.15 (123) to 10.11 (71) winners at the new Simonds Stadium.
Ablett was sensational for the Suns, in what was his first game at the venue since defecting to north of the border.
The vocal Cats’ fans let their opinions know of the former skipper through the first half of the match, as he registered 34 disposals and two goals for the game, to keep the Suns down by just 10 at half-time.
In the third term Gold Coast grabbed the lead for the first time against the ladder-leading Cats, as they skipped out to a handy 12-point buffer.
However, Geelong showed their class when it mattered as they found a higher gear to blow the young Suns side off the park in the last term.
But the boos that greeted Ablett for much of the game turned into a standing ovation after he kicked one of the goals of the year, when he snapped from on the boundary line from 50 metres out.
Geelong are away to bottom side Greater Western Sydney next Saturday while, later that night, Gold Coast host North Melbourne.