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Clark named for Cats VFL final

Geelong young gun Jordan Clark. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has named first-year star Jordan Clark in its VFL team for Saturday’s elimination final clash with Port Melbourne.

Clark, who has played 18 AFL games in his debut season, hasn’t taken to the field since suffering an elbow injury at training on August 6.

Despite not playing any games at VFL level in 2019, he is eligible to play this weekend by missing the Cats’ final round AFL match.

Geelong has also include veteran defender Lachie Henderson off the back of four straight AFL matches.

However, Nakia Cockatoo’s name didn’t appear in the squad and his season could be over if the Cats lose, while the club decided against selecting Tom Atkins, who missed the Cats’ AFL win over Carlton after minor hand surgery.

Geelong still could field as many as 20 AFL listed players, while captain Aaron Black will be part of the VFL contingent that may number as few as three.

“I think there might be a few unlucky guys this week,” he said.

“But we know when the opportunity comes, guys at VFL level are going to take it and the AFL guys are too.

“We’re all there for one common goal, and that’s to win.”

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Black, who hasn’t played finals at any level since being part of North Melbourne’s run to an AFL preliminary final in 2014, is confident Geelong can clear the first hurdle.

The Cats had the better of the Borough at Adcon Stadium by 23 points when they met in Round 18.

“So, that was good. But they’re a very conditioned and established team,” Black said.

“They play finals, generally, every single year, so they’ll be ready for it.

“We’ve got quite a few first years and young guys who haven’t played VFL finals.

“Although it’s the same level, it will be a different brand. It’s very hard and contested, and they’re a very good team at that, and they like to move the ball quickly.

“So, as long as we can stop them and play our game to the best of our ability, we should have a good game.”

As well as Black, small forward Jackson McLachlan and defender Ben Reid are also likely to play.

“He’s (McLachlan) had a ripper year. His pressure – him and ‘JJ’ (Jamaine Jones) in the forward half, their pressure’s unbelievable … goal sneaks,” Black said.

“And Reidy down back is just solid. He’s not going to get beaten one-on-one, and he defends his heart out.

“Then on the attacking side, he’s a really good rebounding defender as well.

“It’s good those guys have had a solid year. They’ve been in the system for a while now and are really good leaders.”

Cooper Jones will return to the team as 23rd man.

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VFL ELIMINATION FINAL

GEELONG (6th) vs. PORT MELBOURNE (7th)

ADCON Stadium – North Port Oval

Saturday, August 31, 2:10pm