GEELONG has blown away North Melbourne with a 13-goal to one second half to record a 112-point victory and inflict the Kangaroos' biggest loss of the year at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday night.

The 21.18 (144) to 5.2 (32) result was never really in doubt, despite the Kangaroos trailing by less than a goal at quarter-time, as the Cats surged into second spot on the ladder with their sixth win on the trot, while the Kangaroos slumped to their 13th straight loss.

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Highlights: Geelong v North Melbourne

The Cats and Kangaroos clash in round 16

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Already at long odds, the Kangaroos lost luckless utility Aaron Hall to a quad injury in the first two minutes of the game.

That was after Cats star Patrick Dangerfield marked his return after four weeks out with a calf injury by kicking the opening goal of the game from the centre bounce after 13 seconds.

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Frightening Danger marks return with spectacular opener

Patrick Dangerfield wastes no time in his comeback to footy with this phenomenal goal in the opening 15 seconds of the match

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Late in the first quarter, with North three goals down, Kayne Turner was also forced out of the match when he hit his head and hurt his knee in a clash with Mark Blicavs.

The Kangaroos rallied, kicking the last three goals of the opening term to trail by just four points at quarter-time.

But the Cats ramped up their team defence to repeatedly force turnovers as they boosted their percentage ahead of next Thursday night's big game at GMHBA Stadium.

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Hawkins hits Roos for six in Cats clinic

Tom Hawkins monsters the Kangaroos with a dominant performance featuring six goals

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North only managed two goals and 13 inside 50s for the rest of the match.

It is North's biggest losing margin of the season and comes in the same week that long-time North administrator Geoff Walsh returned to Arden St in an advisory role as they review their football operations.

Walsh sat in the coaches' box for the match.

North Melbourne's Jed Anderson handballs against Geelong in round 16 at GMHBA Stadium on July 2, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

This is North's third three-figure losing margin since Noble took over as coach last season, following their 128-point surrender to the Western Bulldogs in round three in 2021 and Brisbane's 108-point demolition in round three this year. It emerged later that Noble had given his players a fierce "spray" after the Lions loss.

As North continue to wallow at the foot of the ladder, the ruthless Cats took full control.

Key forwards Jeremy Cameron and Tom Hawkins lapped up the faultless supply from their teammates further up the field.

Cameron was best afield with four goals and 30 possessions, while Hawkins kicked six goals.

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Jumping Jezza can do it all with smooth speccy

Jeremy Cameron continues to cement his name as one of the competition's best with this stellar mark and finish

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Onballer Mitch Duncan marked his 250th game with 30 possessions and had a shot at goal after the final siren, but could not cap his dream milestone with an accurate kick.

Kangaroos midfielder Luke Davies-Uniacke was outstanding with a game-high 35 possessions and eight clearances in a lone hand for his sorry side.

Geelong's Mitch Duncan celebrates winning his 250th game in round 16 against North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on July 2, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

The Cats’ win sets up a tantalising top-two clash with Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on Thursday night.

Danger’s back, in a big way
It took the Brownlow Medallist just 13 seconds to make his presence felt, picking up the opening centre clearance before streaming down the field to boot a long-range goal on the run from the centre square. After four weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury, the comeback kid would go on to record 19 disposals and five marks in managed game time. Despite Danger’s extended stint on the sideline, he was in solid touch after his barnstorming start to the game and looks to be a dangerous asset for the Cats in the back-half of the season.

Patrick Dangerfield takes possession of the ball during round 16 against North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on July 2, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

Milestone man Mitch
The ever-reliable Mitch Duncan celebrated game number 250 in style, with his 30-disposal and 14-mark effort making him one of the Cats’ best in the huge win. He had a shot on goal after the siren for what would have capped the fairytale off, but alas it wasn’t to be as the shot from the 50m arc fell short. Captain Joel Selwood didn’t take part in the match, but was on hand to chair off his good mate in his milestone game.

Joel Selwood and Tom Hawkins chair Mitch Duncan off the ground after his 250th game following Geelong's round 16 game against North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium on July 2, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

The walking wounded
It was always going to be an uphill battle to beat Geelong on its home deck, but North's job was made even harder when it lost two players before quarter-time. Aaron Hall was subbed-out with a quad injury just two minutes into the game, then Kayne Turner followed soon after, forced out of the match with concussion after clashing with Geelong's Mark Blicavs. That left the Roos with just three on the bench and made life even harder for the bottom-placed side.

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Hamstrung Hall distraught after luckless run continues

An emotional Aaron Hall is ruled out of the game following another cruel injury blow

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GEELONG                    3.5     8.8   15.12    21.18   (144)
NORTH MELBOURNE   3.1    4.1    5.1       5.2       (32)

GOALS
Geelong: Hawkins 6, Cameron 4, Narkle 2, Stengle 2, Close 2, Menegola, Guthrie, Dangerfield, Z. Guthrie, Blicavs
North Melbourne: Mahony, Larkey, Curtis, Xerri, Zurhaar

BEST 
Geelong: Cameron, Hawkins, Duncan, C. Guthrie, Tuohy, Smith
North Melbourne: Davies-Uniacke, Simpkin, Corr, Stephenson

INJURIES 
Geelong: Jake Kolodjashnij (head knock)
North Melbourne: Aaron Hall (quad), Kayne Turner (concussion)

LATE CHANGES
Geelong:
Sam De Koning (cork) replaced in selected side by Quinton Narkle
North Melbourne: Nil

MEDICAL SUBS
Geelong: Shaun Higgins (replaced Jake Kolodjashnij)
North Melbourne: Phoenix Spicer (replaced Aaron Hall)