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Crameri injury takes gloss off Cats VFL win

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Geelong forward Stewart Crameri in action during the 100-point win over North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

GEELONG has produced its most complete performance of the VFL season-to-date with a clinical 100-point victory over North Melbourne in the curtain raiser.

Lachie Henderson, Cam Guthrie and Scott Selwood all got through the game and had an impact as the Cats pushed their top four credentials with a 21.11 (137) to 5.7 (37) victory at GMHBA Stadium.

But there are concerns over forward Stewart Crameri after he was taken to hospital before the game had finished with an eye injury.

Crameri left the ground in the second quarter after receiving a scratch to the eye in a marking contest and went straight into the rooms for treatment. He had kicked three goals at that stage.

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
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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

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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.

Selwood cleared for VFL finals

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GEELONG VFL captain Troy Selwood has been cleared of serious damage to his shoulder, but will still miss the Cats' final match of the home-and-away season this Friday night against Bendigo.

Selwood dislocated his shoulder in the Cats' narrow win over Port Melbourne on Saturday, requiring a trip to hospital to get it popped back into place.

While he has already been ruled out of the trip to Queen Elizabeth Oval, results of the scans have been positive and the tough midfielder remains a chance to return for the Cats' first final next weekend.

Geelong, which won its 10th straight match at the weekend and is gunning for back-to-back premierships, is three games clear on top of the ladder.

Cats claw to victory

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IT'S 10-straight wins for the VFL Cats.

But Port Melbourne did all it could to prevent Geelong's double-digit streak on Saturday.

The Cats trailed by seven points at half-time and two at the final break, with the Borough entering the final term with the breeze, momentum and raucous support at North Port Oval.

When Geelong attacked, Port had the answers, but the visitors featuring 17 AFL-listed players held their nerve and captured their 10th consecutive win.

Coach Matthew Knights said the clash was perfect for his players in the lead-up to finals.

Geelong - Home VFL final push

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Nick Wade
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TONIGHT'S VFL match at Simonds Stadium could end up being a dress rehearsal for finals footy at the venue later in the year.

Geelong, currently top of the VFL ladder, would be eligible to host a VFL qualifying final at Simonds Stadium if it finishes in the top two at season's end.

That match would most likely be a Friday night blockbuster on August 30, working around the Geelong-Brisbane AFL match at the venue that weekend.

"If we did happen to nail a spot in the top two, it would be superb to have a final here," Geelong VFL coach Matthew Knights said.

"But a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen.

"From a purely emotional point of view, it would be great to have a final here at Geelong in the VFL."

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Speedy Cats expose Port's weaknesses

From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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Port Melbourne's weaknesses were heavily exposed by reigning premier Geelong, which inflicted an 85-point belting on the former powerhouse at Simonds Stadium on Saturday.

The Borough's second successive loss leaves it outside the top four with Hawthorn's feeder team Box Hill and Geelong the top two teams at the halfway mark.

The Cats exposed Port's lack of speed at Etihad Stadium in last year's grand final and did so again on Saturday with some of the Borough's veterans left trailing behind their quick and talented opposition.

Cats coach Matthew Knights said he didn't have to go back to the tape of the grand final win to learn how to stop a team they rated as the benchmark. Instead, he looked at North Ballarat coach Gerard FitzGerald's team's mammoth effort to snatch a come-from-behind win over Port last week.

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