Cats get over the line
...the Cats were able to finally seal victory late in the final term, with a few errant shots at goals by the Hawks unable to put them back in the lead when it mattered most.
The Round 15 AFL wrap, care of Andy Morris.
Geelong ended Hawthorn's seven-game winning streak, extending its run at the top of the Premiership ladder, with a 12.13 (85) to 11.17 (83) victory.
In one of the best games of the season, during which Hawthorn seemed for the most on top, and containing eight lead changes, the Cats were able to finally seal victory late in the final term, with a few errant shots at goals by the Hawks unable to put them back in the lead when it mattered most.
St Kilda overcame a 16 point half time deficit to defeat Brisbane by 14 points, keeping up the pressure on leader Geelong.
Eight second-half goals to four ended Brisbane's hopes of an upset as the Saints ran out 11.13 (79) to 10.5 (65) winners.
Collingwood recorded a 26-point victory over Port Adelaide.
After a sluggish first quarter which saw Port dominating in coach Mark Williams' final game, the Magpies turned in their 11th victory of the season to keep pace with the leaders, following the 16.9 (105) to 12.7 (79) win.
Richmond improved to five wins in six games with their 19-point victory over Fremantle, as the Dockers' top four hopes suffered another setback.
The Tigers, who trailed at half-time, turned in an impressive second-half display to leave the Dockers reeling as they went down, 15.10 (100) to 11.15 (81).
The Western Bulldogs boosted their top four hopes, thumping Carlton by 68 points in a one sided contest.
The Bulldogs were rarely troubled by a disappointing Blues, leading without difficulty at every change. It would seem that the loss to the Hawks the week before has reignited the Doggies hunger, with them running out easy winners, 20.6 (126) to 8.10 (58).
Sydney closed the gap on a top four finish after a 30 point victory over North Melbourne.
The Swans established an early lead, improving to lead at every change, before the Kangaroos cut their lead to 12 points in the opening moments of the final quarter to ensure a tense finish to the game. However, two goals in three minutes were enough to seal a 12.13 (85) to 7.13 (55) victory for the Swans.
Adelaide continued its recent run with another victory, downing West Coast by 22-points.
The Crows held their nerve in a thrilling final quarter as both sides rattled in the goals, but it was the Crows who held on for the 17.15 (117) to 14.11 (95) win.
Melbourne renewed its slim finals' hopes with a 19 point victory over a slowly sinking Essendon.
The Demons had to withstand a late rally from the Bombers in order to turn around the losing streak and settle their first win in six games - 19.8 (122) to 14.19 (103).
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