K rock Football

Early test for Falcons

Geelong Falcons Girls coach Brendan McCartney addresses his players during last week’s win over Gippsland Power. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

NEW coach Brendan McCartney will get an early indication of where the Geelong Falcons sit in the NAB League Girls pecking order on Saturday.

After a comfortable opening-round win over Gippsland Power last week, the Falcons return to RMIT’s Bundoora Campus for a meeting with reigning premier Northern Knights.

The Knights also started 2020 with a win, holding off fellow 2019 grand finalist Calder Cannons by six points in a match where the combined team total was 100 points.

“Their game was on before us, and it was a high-quality game of footy,” McCartney said.  “Calder were very good and Northern were really good.

“They’ve got a lot of athletic girls that look like they’ve started to master footy.

“They’ve clearly been drawn to the game with their athletic ability. But, on top of that, they’re also learning to play, and know where to run, and know how to set the ground up.

“It’ll be a challenge, but we’re pretty confident about how we play, and the girls are in a really good frame of mind.

“They’re not too concerned with who we play.”

The Falcons will make at least two changes, with Gabbi Featherston and Keely Hardingham named in the team.

Renee Tierney, who is a member of the leadership group, will miss with a knee injury.

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NAB LEAGUE GIRLS ROUND 2

NORTHERN KNIGHTS (2nd) vs. GEELONG FALCONS (6th)

RMIT – Bundoora

Saturday, March 7, 11:30am