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Cats primed for big finish

Geelong’s VFL team is close to locking away a finals berth. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG may be well-placed to have an impact deep into this year’s VFL finals, but Cats coach Shane O’Bree isn’t focused on September just quite yet.

The third-placed Cats travel to Sandringham on Sunday for a clash against the Zebras (11th) – a team they haven’t beaten in four years and who pipped them by two points in Geelong earlier this season.

A win this weekend will Geelong 10 victories for the season – and recent history suggests that will be enough to be part of the VFL finals.

Last season the Cats won just eight of their 18 games but missed the finals on percentage.

In 2016 Geelong won 11 games and finished fifth on the ladder at the end of the regular season before being eliminated by Essendon – who finished eighth with ten wins – in the first week of the finals.

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The Cats face a tough finish to the regular season with matches against the Casey Demons (second), top side Richmond, Essendon (fourth) and Box Hill (fifth).

In their favour is that three of those matches are at GMHBA Stadium. They also face bottom side Coburg (away) in the last six weeks.

Geelong has already defeated the Demons this season – back in Round 4 under lights at Cranbourne.

O’Bree, who’s coaching his 50th VFL game this round, said the Cats know they will control their destiny if they keep winning.

“It’s pretty tight right down to 10th position (on the ladder),” O’Bree said.

“You only need to drop a couple of games, and you’re back in the pack. Our last six weeks have been good, but all year we’ve been pretty consistent the way we’ve been playing.

“It’s probably just us controlling what we can and all season we’ve been working on little four-week blocks and ticking those boxes along the way.

Hopefully that achieves what we want to achieve in making finals.”

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