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Scott “proud” of Cats

Geelong coach Chris Scott. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

CHRIS Scott has avoided using his Carji Greeves Medal speech to reflect on Geelong’s grand final loss to Richmond, despite the result still being “raw”.

Instead, the Cats coach has spoken of his pride at what the club achieved in the most bizarre of seasons.

He says the club was “struggling to get its head above water” when the COVID-19 shutdown started following the Round 1 loss to the GWS Giants.

“We’d had some surgeries well into the pre-season period that held us back a little bit,” Scott said.

“In some ways, while the world was starting to struggle, it felt like we were at a bit of a crossroad ourselves.

“So, we went into that lockdown period a little uncertain at what was going to happen, not only in the world but with our footy team and our prospects for 2020.

“The group of players that emerged from that eight-week period, where they really didn’t have a lot of guidance from our people, but virtue of the way the rules were set-up, was just a credit to each one of those players, and the whole group collectively.

“They presented after that period optimistic, well prepared physically, and really gave us a chance in that 3-4 week period leading into Round 2 to really attack the season.”

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Click below to listen to the full speech.