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Geelong hoping to get reserves ready for AFL finals

From The Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Geelong will attack Saturday's elimination final against Essendon with a double-edged sword, as they look to get some game time into Nakia Cockatoo and Jed Bews in the lead-up to next Friday night's qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG.

From the Herald Sun
Reported by Paul Amy
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THE 2015 VFL season kicks off on Friday with Werribee hosting Geelong under lights. Leader sports editor Paul Amy rounds up each club’s ins and outs.

BOX HILL HAWKS

Coach: Marco Bello

Last year: runner-up to Footscray Bulldogs

In: Cadeyn Williams (Richmond), Jack Sandric (Hobart City), Lochie Adey, James Handley (Blackburn), Matthew Burt, Chris Jones, Liam Kidd, Matthew Traynor (Eastern Ranges), Billy Murphy, Sam Switkowski (Northern Knights), James Sullivan (Tatura), Patrick Dillon (Donvale), Xavier Dimasi (Assumption/Calder Cannons), Ben Fitzpatrick (Korumburra/Bena), Dalton Graham (Sandringham).

Out: Luke Andrews, Callan Burns, Corey Cassidy, Sam Cust, Jackson Eade, Tom Goodwin, Jake Kalanj, Tom Miles, Xavier Murphy, Matt Northe, Nick Papadopoulos, Kalem Post, Michael Thompson, Brandon Wood.

The verdict: the Hawks have lost top-line midfielders in Xavier Murphy and Luke Andrew as well as the emerging Brandon Wood. But they’ve picked up former Tiger Cadeyn Williams and have good young players coming through in support of senior men Sam Iles, David Mirra, Marc Lock and Liam Tobin. Premiers in 2013 and runners-up last year, there’s no reason to think there will be a slackening of standards.

Player watch: Mitch O’Donnell. He’s as hard as a coffin nail and he’ll be granted more opportunity after an excellent pre-season.

Celebrating season 2014 with the Casey Scorpions and A Positive Move

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From Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Nick Wade
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THE winds of change that howled through Geelong's AFL team have continued down to the Cats' VFL side.

The VFL Cats are in the midst of a changing of the guard as they look for Troy Selwood's replacement as captain and someone to step into the midfield role vacated by best-and-fairest winner Mark Corrigan.

But the expectation for next year is very much the same and the Cats believe they will be around the mark again as they chase a third straight grand final appearance.

From Geelong Advertiser
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GEELONG VFL captain Troy Selwood has retired from football content with his career's achievements after calling time on his playing days today.

The 29-year-old, who captained the Cats' VFL flag last year, weighed up the decision late in the season but said he was moving on confident the VFL program was in good hands.

Selwood played 75 games for the Brisbane Lions between 2005-2010, before signing on as the Cats' VFL captain in 2011, when he also accepted a job in the football department.

His expanding football operations role has made it difficult to balance both playing and work, and he is expected to take on a match-day role with the Cats' AFL side next year.

Sweet 16 for taking

From Geelong Advertiser
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GEELONG will be chasing a slice of its own history when it travels to Bendigo tonight for its final match of the VFL home-and-away season.

The Cats will record their best finish to an 18-game season - 16 wins and two losses - with a victory against winless Bendigo Gold at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

VFL captain Troy Selwood has been ruled out with a dislocated shoulder but still remains a chance to play in Geelong's first final under lights at Simonds Stadium next Friday night.

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