No further proof of the equality of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition is needed beyond the fact that at the conclusion of four rounds, there are no longer any unbeaten clubs.
GWS did just enough to beat the Geelong Cats on the Cats’ ground, with a 79 – 75 win.
As we have seen on numerous occasions in 2019, it was a tale of two clubs.
Geelong fired following the first bounce and built a 20-point lead after the first quarter.
The Giants Fi-Fi-Fo-Fummed themselves into the game in the second quarter, scoring 20 while the Cats put up 21.
At the start of the third quarter, the Cats were napped and the Carlton Blues rung in for them.
GWS exploded for 40 points to narrow their deficit to one point.
Geelong did not answer the bell in the final quarter, with only two plays resulting in points, a behind and a goal. The last six scores in the game belonged to GWS, but only one was a major.
It almost seemed as though both clubs thought their work for the day was done after the third quarter.
The Giants recorded 85 more disposals than did the Cats, so only the fact that they could not converts plays to goals in the final quarter made the game close and the final margin was in the Giants’ favour only on the strength of four behinds, as both teams kicked the identical number of goals.
The strength of the Cats thus far in the season seems apparent, as they were able to lose and still stay on top of the table.
GWS has climbed up to second.
Given the unpredictability of the season at the completion of four rounds, it is hard to speculate if the top two will hold their positions.
The Giants have Fremantle at the Canberra Oval. The Cats close the round with Hawthorn at the MCG.