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Cats embrace finals chance

Geelong will face Adelaide in an AFLW preliminary final. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

THE merits of Geelong playing in next week’s AFLW finals series after posting a 3-4 and the competition’s lowest percentage will be debated for much of the build-up to its clash with Adelaide.

However, the Cats, who suffered a loss to the GWS Giants in Canberra on Friday night, finished second in Conference B after winless Collingwood upset Brisbane on Sunday afternoon.

Coach Paul Hood, who watched a live stream of the Pies-Lions clash while at an athletics meet at Casey Fields, is embracing the chance for his fledgling group to play together again.

“It’s a big test,” he said. “We went over there about a month ago and learnt a few lessons; they’re a terrific team.

“We’ll put some of the lessons into place and give it our very best shot.

“This group of players absolutely loves spending time together, and they love playing footy together.

“They were really sad at the possibility that was over after the game on Friday.”

Geelong will be hoping to welcome back talented youngster Becky Webster, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the past month.

“Becky trained fully on Thursday night, and if she trains fully this week, we’ll be able to see how well she’s trained and make a call,” he said.

The Cats will also be hoping key defender Anna Teague will be right after missing a fortnight with a back issue.

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