Ratugolea helps Cats grab back-to-back wins

By Aydin Payne

Two of the region's AFL exports experienced two contrasting results on the field on Saturday night.

Cobram's Esava Ratugolea helped Geelong to a big victory against Gold Coast, while Katamatite's Tom Clurey was unable to keep Port Adelaide from suffering a tough loss to Brisbane.

A strong performance from Ratugolea assisted Geelong to back-to-back victories for the first time since last year.

The Cats held off a gallant Suns outfit to salute by 37 points at GMHBA Stadium.

The former Cobram and Yarroweyah junior footballer booted a goal, gathered 11 disposals and five marks in the 13.11 (89) to 8.4 (52) win.

Geelong now sit inside the competition's top-four, one win back from the ladder leading Power and is off to Perth to join Collingwood in the hub.

Elsewhere, Clurey and his Port Adelaide teammates could not continue their promising start to the season.

The Power were switched off by a rampaging Brisbane Lions outfit at the Gabba.

The former Katamatite junior had a tough day at the office with Brisbane's forward line running rampant in the 12.13 (85) to 6.12 (48) win.

Despite the Power suffering their first loss of the season, they remain on top of the competition's ladder.

Meanwhile, Invergordon product Lachie Ash enjoyed his best game in the orange, white and charcoal colours.

The Greater Western Sydney youngster registered 15 disposals and four marks in his side's 34-point win against Hawthorn.

The Giants have now won two games on the trot.