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Cats lose but coach happy

Madisen Maguire flies for a mark in Geelong’s VFL Women’s loss to the Western Bulldogs. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COACH Natalie Wood is remaining upbeat despite Geelong’s seven-point loss to the Western Bulldogs at VU Whitten Oval on Sunday, 3.1 (19) to 1.6 (12).

The loss leaves the Cats with just win from the opening four rounds.

While the scoreline suggests a low-scoring scrap, it was far from the case as both defences dominated.

“There was a lot of really good ball movement; we were really happy with the way our players were moving the ball out of the back half and through the middle,” Wood said.

“We were letting ourselves down with the way we were entering the forward 50 in the first quarter and the second quarter.

“We were looking at the positives that came out of it. As a coaching group, we couldn’t be prouder of how the girls adjusted from some of our learning in the last two weeks.

“Their ball use for three quarters was really good; finding our free (player), opening up the ground, making it quite big.”

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Wood was also impressed with how the Cats’ four newcomers – Geelong Falcons graduates Luka Lesosky-Hay, Mia Skinner and Daisy Smith, and former Falcon and Richmond player Gabby Deller – fitted into the team.

“To have four debutantes and to play a really united brand of football, is really impressive from our perspective,” she said.

Denby Taylor was outstanding in defence in for the Cats, while midfield duo Jordan Ivey and Becky Webster again impressed.

Geelong next faces Richmond at the Swinburne Centre (Punt Road) as part of a double-header with the Cats and Tigers VFL Men’s match.

WESTERN BULLDOGS  1.0, 1.0, 1.0, 3.1 (19)

GEELONG  0.1, 0.2, 1.5, 1.6 (12)

Goals: Western Bulldogs: S. Jolly, D. Marshall, A. Scott

Geelong: K. Darby

Best: Western Bulldogs: B. Lochland, D. Marshall, B. Toogood, S. Jolly, N. McMahon, J. Davies

Geelong: D. Taylor, J. Ivey, R. Webster, R. Goring, C. Blakeway, O. Purcell