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Geelong remain undefeated as Bombers and Magpies play out draw on Anzac Day

The seventh round of the 2024 AFL season saw the Geelong Cats continue their unbeaten run, an Anzac Day classic between Essendon and Collingwood, and Rory Sloane announced his retirement effective immediately.

Geelong Cats remain undefeated

Seven games into the 2024 AFL season and the Geelong Cats are yet to drop a game after defeating the Carlton Blues on Saturday afternoon. Heading into the clash as underdogs, despite their perfect start to the season, the Cats took apart the woeful Blues and never looked like losing in front of a crowd of 87,775 fans. The impressive victory means they have beaten several top teams such as Brisbane Lions, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Crows, Hawthorn, North Melbourne and the Blues to begin the season.

While the Blues may have dominated inside 50s and total clearances, Geelong never looked like emerging as the losers and were led by the experienced members of their roster. Continuing his amazing form, Jeremy Cameron bagged five goals, while Zach Tuohy and Ollie Henry kicked three of their own. As the above trio dominated the forward 50, the midfield was led by Cameron Guthrie (27 disposals and 7 marks) and Mitch Duncan (24 disposals and 6 marks), while Patrick Dangerfield also got in the action.

Bombers and Magpies play out a classic on Anzac Day

In one of the best Anzac Day matches between the two clubs in recent times, the Bombers and Magpies produced an enthralling and thrilling draw in front of a sold-out MCG crowd that went down to the final siren. Kyle Langford (4) and Brody Mihocek (3) led the goal count for both teams, while Andrew McGrath (31), Zach Merrett (30) and Nic Martin (30) produced dominant displays in the midfield. Not to be outdone by their opponents, the Magpies had Nick Daicos (27) and Scott Pendlebury (23) lead the possessions count as Darcy Cameron had 16 hit-outs.

Coming down to the final ten minutes of the match, both clubs threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other, which accumulated to Bomber forward Kyle Langford being granted an opportunity 30 metres out from goal. As Langford lined up for goal, he struck the ball with ease, but the ball had different ideas. Instead of going through for a goal, the ball drifted through for a behind, tying up the score 85-85 and earing both sides two points instead of the normal four for a victory.

Adelaide Crows legend Rory Sloane retires

While he didn’t play in Round 7 and hasn’t played this season, Adelaide Crows midfielder Rory Sloane confirmed his immediate retirement on Monday after 16 seasons and 255 games in the AFL. Last playing in 2023, Sloane decided to hang up the boots after a second bout of surgery on a detached retina.

The ex-Crows captain and club champion, Sloane retires with 136 career goals, 5548 disposals, 983 marks, and All-Australian honours. He is also a two-time Malcolm Blight Medal winner and was named to the 22under22 team in 2012.

“I have given it my all to get back to playing and generally speaking my body is in great shape and I’m mentally fresh but ultimately, the risk of another eye injury is too great,” Sloane said.

“More so the impact it could have on my life and the potential for loss of vision. I’ve come to realise this is definitely not like the more common injuries you can get from playing the game.

“Our footy club is a special place and I have absolutely loved every minute of my career, and along the way I have grown and experienced so much as a person and footballer.

“So many of my important life moments, including getting married and having children, have been intertwined with my Crows journey, as well as the opportunity to make lifelong friends and ride the ups and downs of their lives too.”

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