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Dragons prepare for tough run

Bell Park will face St Joseph’s again in a tough three weeks following this week’s bye. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BELL Park will spend the next ten days preparing for a season-defining three weeks that will dictate whether the Dragons return to finals action in 2019.

Having snapped St Mary’s five-game winning streak by five points in a rain-soaked clash at Anthony Costa Ova, Bell Park sits two games clear of the Saints and South Barwon with seven rounds to play.

However, co-coach Shane Jack says a run that starts with Leopold and is following by reigning premier St Joseph’s and then the sixth-placed Swans, means a September appearance is no certainty.

“We’ve got a big three weeks coming up after the bye; it’s just so tight,” Jack said.

“It was good to get that close win on Saturday, but we’ve still got seven rounds to go, and there are still seven teams fighting for five spots.

“It’s back to work after the bye.”

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The Dragons took a step closer to being at full-strength against St Mary’s.

Geelong’s VFL team did not require Nik Rokahr, Werribee-listed pair Aiden Domic and Keegan Gray both returned from ankle injuries, and James Rock and Jack’s co-coach Tim Sheringham played after stints on the sideline.

“There’s still a few to come back,” Jack said.

“Luke Smith’s been playing well at VFL level, and put in another good performance on Saturday.

“And Charlie Wilson’s currently injured and will be looking to come back after the bye sometime.

“Apart from that, we’ve got a few niggling injuries with Charlie Farrell and Aaron Hutchinson.”

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