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James Podsiadly to lead the VFL side

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Bradley Green
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GEELONG'S high-profile VFL recruit will make his first appearance for the Cats in today's practice match against Collingwood's VFL side at Skilled Stadium.

Key forward James Podsiadly will skipper the Cats side, which includes several AFL-listed players, including ruckmen Trent West and Shane Mumford, Nathan Djerrkura and Jeremy Laidler.

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Nick Wade

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GEELONG dasher David Wojcinski made a flying return to football but scholarship rookie Ranga Ediriwickrama appears set to be sidelined for a while through injury.

That was the mixed report card from the VFL Cats' 60-point thumping of Williamstown in a practice match at Skilled Stadium on Saturday.

Raidme determined to make the VFL cut

From the Geelong Advertiser
Reported by Jason Shields

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Ben Raidme FOR Grovedale youngster Ben Raidme, the disappointment of missing past VFL cuts continues to fuel his determination to play at the highest level he can.

The 21-year-old midfielder has just fallen short of winning a spot on Geelong's 20-man VFL squad in two of the last three seasons.

But, throughout the failed attempts and near misses, he never lost sight of his quest to eventually crack it at VFL level - one day.

Following a breakout season with the Tigers at GFL level last year, Raidme knows his time to impress has now arrived and is hoping 2009 emerges as third time lucky.

"I trained pretty hard when I knew I was coming down here, so I got pretty fit," Raidme said.

"I knew what to expect because this was my third time around trying to make the list, so I've been training pretty hard."

Securing VFL spot will be real Cat fight

From the Geelong Advertiser
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COMPETITION is fierce for spots on Geelong's VFL list this season - and that's exactly the way new coach Dale Amos wants it.

A squad of about 30 local footballers from GFL, GDFL, BFL and CDFNL clubs are training with the Cats in the hope of winning a berth and Amos said a lot of them had impressed in their bid to step up to the next level in their careers.

Amos, a three-time premiership coach at South Barwon, said he wanted to use his new role to encourage local footballers to have a crack at VFL football every season.

"The strength of the local competitions has been proven in the last couple of years and certainly the GFL has got stronger and stronger," Amos said.

"So it's great for the young guys in those competitions to get the opportunity to come down here and show what they can do at VFL level for a Geelong-based side.

"The guys that are down here, they have certainly grabbed it with both hands and have been extremely committed, turning up to training and training really hard as well.

New Geelong coach named

From the Official VFL Website

Geelong Football League premiership coach Dale Amos will take charge of the Cats VFL team.

Amos replaces Leigh Tudor, who accepted an assistant coaching position with St Kilda.

“Dale is well known to us and we are excited that we have been able to secure him as our VFL coach,” Geelong’s general manager of football operations Neil Balme said.

“He has an excellent track record and is a quality person. We think with the structure that we have in place he is an ideal person to coach our VFL team.”

Amos said he was thrilled to be heading to Skilled Stadium.

“This is great opportunity and I am excited to be joining such a great club and to be working with such well regarded coaches, players and staff,” Amos said.

“The club’s efforts over the past couple of seasons are well known and I am looking forward to playing my role in ensuring we develop our young players so that they realise their potential and give themselves the best opportunity to be good AFL players.”

The 31-year-old Amos led South Barwon to three GFL flags (2005, 2006, 2007). Amos\' teams won 77 per cent of their 102 matches over his five seasons at the helm.

Amos played over 200 games with South Barwon and was a member of three premiership teams (2001, 2005, 2007). He also played 36 games with St Arnaud in the North Central League and spent the 2000 season on St Kilda’s VFL list, playing 12 games.



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