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Cats need to adapt – Wood

Geelong will look to stay in touch with the VFLW top eight when it takes on Carlton on Saturday. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG VFLW coach Natalie Wood says adapting to both the conditions and the opponent will be critical to her team recording a third win of the season.

The Cats travel to Carlton’s IKON Park for a meeting with the Blues with renewed confidence after seeing off Casey Demons by 29 points last week.

“There looks like there’s a fair chance of rain, so trying to execute our gameplan under wet conditions (will be crucial),” Wood said.

“But, also, Carlton plays a different style to Casey. They’re really strong at the contest, and they’ve got some really good ball-winners.

“They move it forward quickly, but also with some precision.

“With our group evolving each week, one of the areas of development is understanding a couple of key features the opposition is trying to achieve and doing our best to try and negate what we identify as a couple of key elements to their gameplan.”


One of those areas Wood has focussed on is negating Carlton’s inside ball-winners getting first hands to the ball.

“And we also want to take their ability to move the ball by foot, especially out of the back half of the ground,” she said.

Geelong has made five forced changes for the clash with the Blues.

Georgia Clarke and Denby Taylor will both be missing after suffering knocks against Casey, while Krista Woodroffe (knee), Cassie Blakeway (ankle) and Renee Garing (unavailable) will also be missing.

AFLW listed quartet Maddy Boyd, Olivia Purcell, Bec Goring and Becky Webster return, while Jamie Woollett and Breanna Beckley have also been named for the Cats.


CARLTON (10th) vs. GEELONG (9th)


Saturday, June 29, 11:00 am