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The GWS Giants continue to rack up the frequent flyer miles with the young team’s first trip to Geelong. We’ll have live scores and a live blog from 1.45pm AEST.
The Geelong Cats will be looking for four points, no injuries and a healthy percentage boost as they continue their premiership defence.
The Giants must feel like a rock band on a world tour. Geelong will be the seventh city they play in over their first ten games, and Simonds Stadium their ninth venue. They didn’t disgrace themselves against the Bombers at Skoda last week, but the travel must be taking a toll on the players and they’ll be looking forward to the bye after this game.
First though, they have another opportunity to put up a competitive showing against a quality team.
Tom Scully and Adam Treloar get the chance to consolidate on their best performances for the club last Saturday.
Youngsters Dylan Shiel, Tobey Greene, Stephen Coniglio, Dom Tyson, Devon Smith and Tomas Bugg will learn a lot by playing against the experienced Cats midfield.
Sam Darley, Jacob Townsend and Andrew Phillips all need a strong performance to show Kevin Sheedy that they’re a part of the Gaints’ best 22.
Top 10 draft pick Nick Haynes gets his first run in the seniors.
Realistically though, this game won’t be much of a contest. While the Cats haven’t been at their dominant best lately, the star players are starting to find form. Steve Johnson was everywhere against the Dogs last weekend. Paul Chapman and Joel Corey have had good months after indifferent starts to the season.
They will simply have too much quality and experience.
Today is a chance for some of the other Cats to find some touch. Bartel, Podsiadly and Stokes could all benefit by getting their hands on the footy regularly this afternoon. The Cats are also giving debuts to Jordan Schroder and Lincoln McCarthy.
You only need to take a quick look at the ladder to see why the result of this game is important to Geelong. They sit just outside the eight, with a lower percentage than all but one of the top twelve teams.
With the finals race looking very tight this year, percentage might determine whether the Cats make the top four, earn a home final, or even play finals at all.
So there’s every reason for the Cats to want to put GWS to the sword. The Giants’ youngsters will need all their resolve to stay in this contest as long as possible.