Coach Chris Scott says his unbeaten Geelong team will have a much better idea of where they stand after squaring off against great modern-day rivals Hawthorn.
The Cats and the Hawks head into yet another Easter Monday blockbuster as the AFL’s only undefeated teams after recording huge victories on Saturday night.
Geelong held West Coast goalless after quarter-time in a 75-point triumph at Simonds Stadium, while Hawthorn thumped Gold Coast by 99 points at Metricon Stadium.
“Hopefully it continues forever – but we know that’s not the way it works,” said Scott.
“When I say ‘we’ I mean mainly the Geelong and Hawthorn supporters should really embrace this era.
“I was a Hawthorn supporter myself as a kid and the rivalry with the Cats goes back that far.
“We look forward to it.
“Our guys love playing the best on the big stage. They won by (99) up on the Gold Coast tonight, they’re a pretty good team.
“it will be a good test for our guys.
“We don’t feel like we’re completely on top of our game but we’ll soon find out.”
Scott lauded the efforts on inspirational skipper Joel Selwood, who overcame heavy knocks to his head and ribs to play a pivotal role in the 16.11 (107) to 4.8 (32) shellacking of undermanned West Coast.
“If you’re asking my opinion of who you should put in the votes, I don’t need to say any more do I?” said Scott.
“We thought he was outstanding.”
Selwood, key forward Tom Hawkins and the improving George Horlin-Smith kicked three goals apiece against West Coast, who were held to their lowest-ever score against Geelong.
New Eagles coach Adam Simpson could find little to enthuse about after his team was blown away following a competitive first quarter.
“The harder we tried to win the ball on the inside the more they got outside balance on us,” said Simpson.
“It was a difficult night but we learned so much.
“They’re a top-four side – we had a young crew.
“It’s no excuse but they will learn a lot from tonight.”
Geelong defender Andrew Mackie is in doubt for the clash with the Hawks after being subbed off with a tight hamstring.
Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui also departed the game in the third term complaining of soreness.
Simpson expects to welcome back several key players from injury for Saturday’s home clash against impressive Port Adelaide, including skipper Darren Glass and midfielder Chris Masten.
Luke Shuey will be available after serving a one-match suspension.