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Falcons can still contend: DOK

Falcons coach Daniel O’Keefe speaks to his players. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

GEELONG Falcons coach Danny O’Keefe is confident his team is capable of turning around their current fortunes and be a contender once again in this year’s TAC Cup finals.

The ninth-placed Falcons head to Melbourne this Sunday for a clash against the Sandringham Dragons (seventh), a replay of last year’s epic Grand Final.

Both sides head into the game coming off defeats last round – the Falcons by 23 points to the Western Jets, while the Dragons suffered a 109-point thrashing at the hands of Gippsland Power at Morwell.

O’Keefe said his players are keen to make amends for last week’s loss when they take to Sandringham’s Trevor Barker Oval.

“We’re looking forward to playing them; it’s a game of redemption (for last week),” O’Keefe said.

“We’ve been going so well with our momentum and our belief in our program.

“I think we will look at last week as one that we’ll forget. It’s a bit like in the old horse racing terms, you can forgive that run. I spoke to the Jets coach (Torin Baker) after the game and he said they did play very well and I agree with that.

“So if there was a positive, we played average but we were still in the game for the majority of the day.

“I think we’re a really competitive side that can still compete come the end of the year.”

Ned McHenry returns to school football  this weekend, while in-form midfielder Brayden Ham is being rested.

Zac Knights, son of current Geelong assistant coach and former Richmond great Matthew, is in the mix to make his TAC Cup debut.

It’s been 236 days since the infamous Sunday night last September when the Falcons and Dragons played out one of the most memorable finishes to a TAC Cup Grand Final.

The Falcons claimed their third premiership – and first since 2000 – after Dragons’ big man Joel Amartey missed a shot after the siren.

But O’Keefe said both teams would field vastly different line-ups this weekend compared to Grand Final night.

In fact, the Falcons have just four premiership players – Dane Hollenkamp, Connor Idun and co-captains Oscar Brownless and Sam Walsh – in their 23 this Sunday.

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TAC CUP ROUND 7

SANDRINGHAM DRAGONS (7th) vs. GEELONG FALCONS (9th)

Trevor Barker Beach Oval

Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm

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