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Parf better prepared for finals

Geelong young gun Brandan Parfitt (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ON the eve of his 50th game and coming into his third finals series, Geelong youngster Brandan Parfitt believes he is better prepared for the intensity of football in September.

The 21-year-old has already appeared in four finals but only averaged 13 disposals per game, below his career average of 16.5.

“I think my first finals series, it felt a bit full-on for me,” Parfitt said.

“Now, I just want to play football and win, and win a grand final, hopefully.

However, with that experience comes expectation, and Parfitt is happy to put that expectation on himself to perform.

“I probably have more pressure on myself going into this finals series knowing I can contribute to the side in a bigger way,” he said.

“In my first year, I was just a small forward that brought that pressure and helped out a little bit.

“I think the older I’ve gotten. I’ve got more responsibility now and a bit more leadership.”

Parfitt will get a reminder of what finals are like when Geelong meets Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday, with the winner to potentially sit a game clear on top of the ladder heading into the final round.

“It’s an important game. We’re fighting for that top spot and they’re a really good side, and they’ve been, probably, the most in-form side in the last few weeks,” he said.

“It will be a big game; everyone’s up-and-about.

“We haven’t played them all season, so it will be interesting.”

Meanwhile, Cats VFL coach Shane O’Bree says Lachie Fogarty is battling a minor hamstring complaint.

“He ran the other day and we’re hoping that he can get up to top speed as soon as possible and get back into training,” O’Bree said.

“We’re hoping next week, but if not, then the following week for sure.”