GEELONG produced a reminder of its premiership credentials and gave an in-form Coburg a rude wake-up call with a comprehensive 57-point VFL thrashing under the national spotlight at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday night.
Coming off a narrow away loss to fellow contender Casey Demons, the Cats wasted no time asserting their authority on the contest, racing to a 36-0 lead with the first 11 scoring shots to regain their spot in the top four.
Full-forward Josh Jenkins kicked the first two goals of the game to start the romp and finished with six straight to go the top of the Frosty Miller Medal leaderboard with 22 majors after five matches.
A late goal from Sam Lowson got the Lions on the scoreboard before quarter-time but Geelong kept control in the second term with three goals to one to lead by 49 points at half-time as Charlie Constable continued his fine season with 33 disposals and Oscar Brownless staked a claim for an AFL debut with 26 touches and seven marks.
Ruckmen Darcy Fort (24 disposals, eight marks, 19 hitouts and a goal) and Rhys Stanley (21, nine, 19) also caused problems for Coburg against the brave but undersized Nathan Mullenger-McHugh (17, four, 22), while defenders Jackson Thurlow and Oliver Tate repelled most Lion attacks.
Of the AFL-listed players, Jordan Clark had 20 touches but kicked three behinds while Francis Evans was held to nine disposals but kicked two goals, including a freak effort from mid-air in the third quarter.
Coburg lifted in the third quarter as Marcus Lentini worked tirelessly against the hard tag of Stefan Okunbor – the young Lion still finished with 29 touches and four tackles, but never had any space as the Irishman laid 12 tackles and had 17 disposals to be one of his team's best.
The Lions kicked five goals to four in the third term to cut the margin to 42 at the last change and after Lowson took a strong mark on the lead and goaled from outside 50 after the siren there was a small sniff of a comeback, but Geelong quickly shut it down and kicked the only two goals of the final quarter for a comprehensive victory to move to 4-1 ahead of an MCG clash with Collingwood next week.
Luke Bunker was again prominent with 29 disposals, six marks and eight tackles and Lochlan Dickson had 22, but Coburg fell to 2-3 before travelling to Arden St to meet North Melbourne before its second bye in round eight.
THURSDAY, MAY 20
Geelong 15.15 (105) def Coburg 7.6 (48)