Geelong coach Chris Scott wasn’t interested in making a call on whether it was boom recruit Patrick Dangerfield or skipper Joel Selwood who deserved best afield honours in Sunday’s 69-point win over Brisbane.
Suffice to say they were both very good indeed.
Dangerfield was the dominant figure early in the 18.17 (125) to 7.14 (56) victory, amassing 27 disposals – 17 of them contested – three goals, four tackles and a hitout, two weeks after being clearly best afield in the season-opening win over Hawthorn.
Selwood dominated the latter stages of a one-sided contest against the Lions to finish with a game-high 35 possessions, more than half of them contested.
“I know you haven’t got the benefit that I have to take a few days to sort through it but to be honest I won’t be spending much time trying to work out which one was better,” said Scott when pressed on the performances of his dynamic duo.
“Our midfield group as a collective were very good.
“I know there’s been a little bit of commentary with a small sample size around what Pat means to our midfield group but our players in there have been developing over a long period of time.
“The group of them are getting better.
“They’ve got some improvement left in them but we’re not a terrible midfield group if we don’t have Pat in there and I think we’re still pretty good if we don’t have Joel in there as well.”
Geelong had Sunday’s contest at Simonds Stadium well in hand when they led by 38 points at halftime, before extending the margin to 39 at three-quarter time and 69 at the final siren.
Brisbane are one of three teams – along with Carlton and Fremantle – yet to claim a win in 2016.
They did not lack for endeavour, without ever threatening to get close enough to be any chance of causing an upset.
“It was a bit frustrating with the turnovers and we got smashed around the centre bounce today which was a different issue,” said Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch.
“But most of our frustration comes from our use out of the back half of the ground.
“It was a bit of deja vu with our inaccuracy as well.”
Brisbane’s better players included Tom Bell and Mitch Robinson, both of whom have joined the Lions from other AFL clubs in the past couple of years.
But Robinson’s match ended on a sour note after he was reported for engaging in rough conduct against Selwood.
Geelong are travelling well at 2-1 ahead of an MCG date against Essendon on Saturday while the Lions return home to take on Gold Coast.