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Danger lauds Skipper

GEELONG star Patrick Dangerfield lauded teammate Joel Selwood after the captain’s inspirational display in the Cats’ semi-final win over West Coast on Friday night.

Selwood moved into the centre square and had 26 disposals at 85 per cent efficiency despite battling for most of the match with a deep cut around his eye.

“I’d say he amazes me, but he doesn’t, he just does it all the time,” Dangerfield said.

“He’s so inspirational for us and for Geelong people he’s been a beacon of leadership, of hope, of incredible will for his whole career, really.

“He led by example tonight and when your skipper plays like that, you can’t help but follow.”

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Selwood played through pain, but Dangerfield denied he had done the same after reports he was battling soreness during the build-up and was nearly a late withdrawal before the match.

“I have no idea where that came from. I felt wonderful going in, so someone’s spreading rumours,” Dangerfield said.

The Brownlow medallist wasn’t his usual self early in the match and had gathered only 11 disposals to three-quarter time under the watch of Eagles star Elliot Yeo.

But he had seven disposals in the final term – six of them contested – and took a huge mark with a ride on Yeo’s back to help spark the Cats into life.

“He’s a gun. He’s so strong and he really touched me up through the majority of the game,” Dangerfield said.

“He’s an All-Australian and a best-and-fairest winner for a reason and he’s been a key to their success.”

Dangerfield said he wasn’t expecting a hard tag from Richmond in next week’s preliminary final, and welcomed another chance to reach the first grand final of his 12-year career.

He was pleased with Geelong’s ability to wrest back momentum in the final quarter against West Coast after coughing up a 32-point lead.

“We’d rather thump the opposition – it’s less stressful that way – but they’re an amazing side, they’re the reigning premiers for a reason,” Dangerfield said.

“They were always going to respond because of how good and incredible they are.

“It’s testament to the group and our resolve that we could regroup and get the ball and the play back on our terms and execute when we had the opportunity.”

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