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TONIGHT'S VFL tribunal outcome will have huge ramifications for the season of Geelong defender David Wojcinski.

Wojcinski yesterday accepted a one-match ban for striking youngster Jack Viney in Saturday's VFL loss, but must face the tribunal on a serious rough conduct charge.

Finger blow sidelines young Cat

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LIGHTNING-FAST Geelong draftee Jordan Murdoch will miss tomorrow's VFL clash against Casey after breaking his finger in innocuous fashion last week.

Murdoch copped a footy to the finger before last Friday night's match against Bendigo and failed to take any part in the game.

The 20-year-old had surgery this week to have a small pin inserted and faces up to six weeks on the sidelines.

Brown digs up plenty of gold

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EMERGING Geelong spearhead Mitch Brown led Geelong to a commanding 86-point win over Bendigo Gold at Queen Elizabeth Oval last night.

The tall forward kicked a bag of nine goals in a performance sure to gain the attention of senior coach Chris Scott.

Brown was backed up by fellow talls Josh Walker (four goals) and Shane Kersten (three goals) in the Cats' 23.9 (147) to 8.13 (61) win.

Knights to coach Geelong VFL team

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Former Essendon coach Matthew Knights will join AFL premiers Geelong next year as coach of their VFL team.

Knights coached the Bombers for three seasons, guiding them to a finals appearance in 2009 before being sacked a year later.

Cats senior coach Chris Scott said Knights was a fine mentor for younger players.

Mitch Brown's golden chance beckons

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IF Geelong coach Chris Scott needed any more proof that Mitch Brown is ready for his AFL debut next weekend, he got it from the Cats' narrow VFL loss on Saturday.

The Cats were overrun by the Northern Bullants in the final quarter at Skilled Stadium after leading by 29 points late in the third term to lose by five points.

Cats' VFL star may be pick of the crop

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NEW Geelong VFL revelation Ben Johnson knows exactly who to turn to in the locker room to draw inspiration.

As much as the support comes from every angle at Skilled Stadium, his story has plenty of similarities to James Podsiadly's.

Johnson had given up on his AFL dream after missing out on selection in the 2006 national draft.

Instead, he was plying his trade as a carpenter in Melbourne during the week and playing suburban footy with his mates for Bell Park in the Geelong Football League on Saturdays.

"AFL was probably the furthest thing from my mind," Johnson said. "I still loved playing footy but, back then, if you missed the draft (as a teenager) you tended not to get drafted after that."