Miers stars as Geelong down Kangaroos

Geelong's Gryan Miers booted four goals in their AFL win over North Melbourne at the Gabba.
Geelong's Gryan Miers booted four goals in their AFL win over North Melbourne at the Gabba.

Gryan Miers' set-shot technique is proof that looks can be deceptive, having helped a wasteful Geelong cruise to a 33-point AFL win over North Melbourne at the Gabba.

The Cats' first-half yips could have proven costly.

But Miers' composure allowed Geelong to ease to a 37-point lead in the third quarter and they never looked back, eventually triumphing 13.12 (90) to 9.3 (57).

Patrick Dangerfield played predominantly forward after backing up from Saturday night's loss in Perth, part of Cats coach Chris Scott's management plan for a hectic block of games.

Miers excelled in slippery conditions, outgunning Dangerfield and other star teammates while booting a career-best four goals in his 35th AFL game.

"He's got a goal-kicking action that I wouldn't teach my daughter but he's almost as reliable as we've got from that sort of range," Scott said of the small forward.

"The improvement in his game from when he first came to the club is astronomical.

"It wasn't until he settled us down a bit that we got more composed.

"We kept them in the game because we weren't able to finish ... it was a bit disappointing."

Geelong registered six behinds between Miers' third and fourth goals, during which Tom Hawkins, Mitch Duncan and Zach Tuohy uncharacteristically missed opportunities to bust the game open.

Jack Steven, whose recall was one of four changes made Scott in an effort to keep his side fresh after a three-day break between matches, finished with 21 disposals and four tackles.

Steven, provided he isn't rested, will face former club St Kilda at the Gabba on Monday night in a game that will have major ramifications for both sides' top-four hopes.

North's loss was further soured by recalled forward Ben Brown's knee injury.

Brown limped off in the first quarter and played no further part in the contest while Majak Daw returned to the field after hurting his ankle in the third term.

Returning captain Joel Selwood and Dangerfield had quiet nights but Lachie Fogarty and some of the Cats' lesser lights stood up.

"I don't think our delivery to him (Dangerfield) was that good," Scott said.

"It'd be nice to get our midfield to the stage where Patrick was more a forward than a mid.

"I don't think we've got there yet."

The Kangaroos trimmed Geelong's buffer to 15 points when Jared Polec slotted his set shot with a tick under six minutes remaining in the match.

That was as close as the Roos came to causing an upset; Dangerfield won the resultant centre-bounce clearance and set up a goal for Duncan.

"We did take a step forward," North coach Rhyce Shaw said.

"I want to win.

"But I also love the fight that we're showing and continued to show as a group that is really young."

Australian Associated Press