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Cats learn plenty from Uni loss

GEELONG coach Natalie Wood says her charges will learn plenty from its 44-point loss to Melbourne Uni open the VFL Women’s season.

After a competitive first quarter, where the Cats trailed by just five points, they were outscored nine-goals-to-three by the Mugars in the 12.5 (77) to 5.3 (33) defeat.

“Regardless of the result, there was always going to be a lot to learn,” Wood said.

“We’ve had half the group training together for a while and the other half have just come in in the last two weeks, so it will take a while.

“But it was the same for Melbourne Uni as well. Credit to them, they played really well and will learn a lot from it.”

AFLW listed duo Becky Webster and Jordan Ivey impressed in unfamiliar roles in the midfield, as did Amy McDonald.

“It was terrific to see a number of people who were new to the midfield from other positions actually consolidate what they’ve learnt,” Wood said.

“They learnt a lot from what the opposition did as well, but it was good to see them succeeding to a small degree in a new area of the ground.

Maddy Boyd was a late inclusion for Bec Goring (quad) and kicked two goals, while young ruck duo Rene Caris and Zoe Inei battled hard against Uni’s Kate Gillespie-Jones.

“They are young rucks, and young in body shape and size as well,” Wood said.

“Kate Gillespie-Jones is one of the bigger, stronger AFLW bodies, so I thought both of them competed really well in those contests.”

Geelong plays its first-ever home game in Colac when it meets Essendon on Saturday.

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MELBOURNE UNI  3.0, 7.1, 9.2, 12.5 (77)

GEELONG  2.1, 3.1, 3.3, 5.3 (33)

Goals: Melbourne Uni: A. Price 4, J. Garner 3, L. Amelung 2, J. Bruton, M. McDonald, E. King

Geelong: M. Boyd 2, M. Keryk, B. Beckley, R. Benham

Best: Melbourne Uni: T. Mesiti, J. Garner, J. Grierson, K. Angelis, A. Price, M. McDonald

Geelong: R. Webster, A. McDonald, J. Ivey, M. Boyd, C. Blakeway, M. Keryk