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'Logical' slide down for Cats

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Jared Lynch

Chris Scott says his side is in the best shape it has been all year heading into this week's clash with Sydney.

Chris Scott says his side is in the best shape it has been all year heading into this week's clash with Sydney. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

LOGIC suggests Geelong should slip down the ladder. That contention won't spark an argument from Cats coach Chris Scott.

However, Scott believes the reigning premier is steadily regaining its flag-winning form and said his side was in the best shape it has been all year heading into Friday night's clash with Sydney.

He said yesterday he was facing a selection dilemma, with key forward James Podsiadly and Allen Christensen returning to the side, not to mention dashing defender David Wojcinski set to back his efforts from a seven-point win over Carlton in round 11.

''We've got a genuine group of 27-28 players that we are going to have to fit into 22,'' Scott said.

''We have a few dilemmas. We have got wide open availability and some players that are coming into pretty good shape.''

But Scott conceded that might not be enough for the seventh-placed Cats to topple fourth-placed Sydney, which he said had radically changed its game in the past three years. Still he was heartened that his side was making small steps to playing at its best as September action nears.

''I have been seeing signs, I'm not sure anyone believes me necessarily. But we think we have been improving slowly, maybe not as quickly as the rest of the competition.

''As I said a number of times you can't be at 88 per cent capacity and expect to beat teams like Sydney in Sydney, so we need to improve quickly, but if we had a choice of playing our best football now or in round 20 or round 22, then we would prefer the latter.''

Asked why he didn't think people believed him when he said the Cats were improving, Scott gave a one word answer: logic. ''It's logical that we should slip down the ladder,'' he said. ''I don't think anyone at Geelong has argued with that contention. Logic suggests that that should happen at some point and if it wasn't last year it should be this year and if we could somehow find a way this year, it should be definitely next year.

''We can understand why people say that, we don't necessarily agree with that internally, but there's no point arguing with good logic.''

He said Sydney was a side on the rise, boasting speed and consistency.

''They are certainly playing differently to the way they were playing three or four years ago. The fundamentals of their game are pretty solid and have been consistent over a long period of time.

''With the personnel they have brought into the last couple of years they have got a bit of outside speed. They look like they are more willing to move the ball quickly and play a more open style of footy. It's certainly working for them at the moment.''

After playing Port Adelaide and Gold Coast in the following two rounds, the Cats' final eight matches include clashes with every other side in the top eight, including another meeting with the Swans.

But rather than hurting the defending premier's chances of making a late run up the ladder, Scott said he believes it could help.

''My preference is to play the good teams, see where we're at, hopefully get the four points ourselves and take four points away from the teams above us.

''We've always said that we're hopeful we'll play our best footy towards the end of the year.''

12 comments so far

  • Geelong is a quality club with a great culture , a legacy of the Frank Costa era. They will feature in finals in the coming years. Bookmark it.

    Commenter
    jrtp09
    Location
    Geelong
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 7:55AM
    • Consider it bookmarked!

      We were written off in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012...

      People have a hard time learning huh...

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 9:34AM
    • Well said mate, & I hope you are right. The president provides stability, the coach changes the culture. Love him or hate him, Bomber changed that 'second best' culture for all time. Now you guys believe in yourselves, nothing's imposssible.

      Commenter
      bomber
      Location
      Ballarat
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 9:46AM
    • Yeah...Bomber showed just how much he changed things when a first year coach won the flag with the same cattle (minus Gaz).

      Well done Bomber - good, ahh, yeah well done with...whatever you did...and continue to do.

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 10:11AM
    • No Varcoe, no pace and no chance.

      Commenter
      Peter
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 3:03PM
  • Alex, It kind of makes me laugh that a Geelong supporter would talk about their team being written off. I remember Geelong being talked up as premiership material for years before they actually won a flag, expectations of the highly talented list were rightly very high. The Swans however are the most talked down club in the AFL. They were meant to finish in the bottom three last year according to various Victorian 'experts', and the same 'experts' had them finishing outside the eight this year. The Cats are universally regarded as an exceptionally talented list, give the 'written off' thing, especially from 2007 to 2011 a rest, it doesnt stand up to any real 'logic'.

    Commenter
    Don
    Location
    Liverpool
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 11:00AM
    • Its a fact dude. After the 2007 flag - after every bad game the ney-sayers would be out there yelling from the rooftops..."the slide is beginning...the slide is beginning."

      Laugh all you want champ - facts are facts.

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 11:33AM
  • You clearly don't understand football Alex, I've seen this before & your fanatacism is always very evident. Its pointless trying to have a conversation with you, so I won't bother

    Commenter
    bomber
    Location
    Ballarat
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 11:04AM
    • But you just did bother (how funny) - you can't help yourself can you chief?

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      June 20, 2012, 11:35AM
  • facts Alex? here's a couple 1989 and 2008... read em and weep, beat the Hawks anytime you like during the year I don't care... at least the Hawks win the GFs they get into against your mob - facts facts facts etc etc etc

    Commenter
    stephen
    Location
    geelong
    Date and time
    June 20, 2012, 12:46PM

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