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VFL Cats take Port to cleaners

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Ryan Reynolds
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GEELONG'S VFL side put in its most complete performance of the season to trounce VFL powerhouse Port Melbourne by 85 points today.

Senior emergencies Josh Caddy, Jackson Thurlow and Billie Smedts were all influential in the big 21.17 (143) to 9.4 (58) win at Simonds Stadium.

Dawson Simpson was a late withdrawal before the game.

Caddy and Smedts proved they were a class above VFL level with dominant performances in the midfield.

"Obviously I would love to be playing in the ones," Caddy said after the match.

"But it's great when we come into the twos and the top-ups, as they are called, play their role every week and play to the structures.

JAMES PODSIADLY: Back to the future

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by James Podsiadley
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THIS is the stage where the next Jimmy Bartel, the next Steve Johnson and the next Gary Ablett are born.

On Sunday, our VFL side has the chance to emulate the feats of our 2002 and 2007 premiership teams when it faces powerhouse Port Melbourne in the VFL grand final.

This is the last opportunity for Cats fans to get their footy fix for the next six months.

What a great opportunity to get along to Etihad Stadium and watch the blue-and-white hoops battle it out for some silverware.

I know at Geelong, any form of team achievement is cherished. The guys who played in the 2002 VFL premiership still talk about their triumph a fair bit around the club and it's the subject of a lot of banter.

Geelong survives thriller to make VFL finale

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Alex Oates
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GEELONG survived a final-quarter surge from Werribee to book a place in Sunday's VFL grand final.

In a nail-biting finish at North Port Oval yesterday, the Cats held firm in the final minute to clinch a five-point victory, 16.12 (108) to 15.13 (103), and a crack at Port Melbourne.

A relieved Geelong coach Matthew Knights admitted his team almost ran out of legs after leading by eight goals in the second term.

"Full credit to Werribee for coming back so hard when I thought we held them at bay for three quarters with good quality football, but they clearly won the last quarter," Knights said.

The Borough booked their place in the grand final with a solid win over Williamstown on Saturday and Knights is well aware of the opposition's quality.

"Obviously their record speaks for itself," Knights said.

From Warrnambool Standard
Reported by Aidan Fawkes
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ONE of Warrnambool’s favourite sons made a successful homecoming as VFL club Geelong slogged its way to victory against Coburg yesterday.
Simon Hogan, a former Blues junior, returned to Reid Oval to help the Cats run away from the Tigers, 10.21 (81) to 5.5 (35), on a chopped-up playing surface.

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