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Coach says Cats better equipped

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GEELONG VFL coach Shane O’Bree believes his side is better equipped than 12 months ago to handle challenges like tomorrow’s visit to Windy Hill.

The Cats head to Essendon on Saturday morning to face the Bombers, eager to make amends for their visit just over a year ago where they crashed to a 61-point defeat after kicking three of the first four goals of the game.

While Geelong won the return encounter by two points in the final round, it’s the memory of the first match that lingers in the mind of O’Bree and those who played and they are eager to make amends.

“I think we’re a more mature side and more advanced than we were this time last year,” O’Bree said.

“It’s a very important game because Essendon are thereabouts and we’re hoping to build on our second half last week (from four-point loss against Collingwood) and get the game on our terms early.

“So it’s another good challenge to play an opposition on their home deck and it’s a tricky ground to play on.

“We’re playing a game style that’s keeping us in games longer and we’ve been able to control momentum swings in games a lot better which has been good.”

The Bombers (sixth) and Cats (eighth) are both looking to consolidate places inside the top eight.

Promising youngster Charlie Constable will miss with concussion but Zach Guthrie returns.

Callum Mitchell is in line to make his first appearance of the season while recruit Sam Siggins has been named for his first match in a month on an extended interchange.

Siggins has been battling a nagging Achilles problem.

St Mary’s Paddy Dowling has been named to make his debut as 23rd man.

O’Bree said AFL trio Lincoln McCarthy, Sam Simpson and Quinton Narkle would continue to build up gametime after getting through their comeback matches unscathed last week.

“We’ll play them in different positions and get them used to different game scenarios as we keep building up their game time to hopefully put them in the mix (for AFL selection),” O’Bree said.

Meanwhile, Werribee will be keen to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Footscray at Avalon Airport Oval on Sunday.

The Tigers are coming off the bye and will mark recruit Andrew Hooper’s 100th VFL game.

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ESSENDON (6th) vs. GEELONG (8th)

Windy Hill

Saturday, May 19, 12:00pm

WERRIBEE (13th) vs. FOOTSCRAY (9th)

Avalon Airport Oval

Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm

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