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Falcons trio in line for Cats debut

Luka Lesosky-Hay has been named in the Geelong VFLW squad for Sunday’s clash with the Western Bulldogs. (Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

AS many as three Geelong Falcons graduates could make their VFL Women’s debut when Geelong meets the second-placed Western Bulldogs at Whitten Oval on Sunday.

Daisy Smith will definitely play as the Cats’ 23rd player, while NAB League leading goal kicker Mia Skinner and fellow Vic Country squad member Luka Lesosky-Hay have been named in the squad of 25, with coach Natalie Wood to finalise her team following training on Friday night.

“Daisy is one of the Falcons that’s not in the Vic Country squad, so there’s a likelihood that Daisy’s more available for us as a 23rd over the coming weeks,” Wood said.

“It will be a great opportunity for her to show her capabilities at a senior level.

“There are quite a number of Falcons that are in the Vic Country squad, so we are trying, if possible, to give them all a game over the coming weeks.

“But given the Falcons are so successful, trying to slot five or six of them in, we’ve got to make sure it works for them, but it also works for the rest of our squad as well.”

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Wood said the Cats, who will definitely be without Danni Orr (concussion), but will have fellow AFLW listed duo Olivia Purcell and Sophie van de Heuvel, will factor in the weather conditions when finalising their team.

“If it’s wet and windy we might need to make sure we’ve got a number of contested ball winners as opposed to outside runners,” she said.

“And we’ve got a few (fitness) tests for players to get through at the Friday session.

“We’ll wait until the end of the session and get reports from the medical team, and the selection committee will finalise the team from there.”

As well as Orr, the Cats will replace Sydney-based Irishwoman Aoife McDonnell.

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VFL WOMEN’S ROUND 4

WESTERN BULLDOGS (2nd) vs. GEELONG (9th)

VU Whitten Oval

Sunday, June 2, 11:30am