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Garing back for Saints test

Renee Garing in action for Geelong VFLW. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

GEELONG will get another gauge of its improvement when it hosts the Southern Saints at Deakin Unversity’s Elite Sports Precinct on Saturday.

The Cats have strung together three wins since their bye in mid-June, including over reigning premier Hawthorn last week.

While the Saints sit second on the ladder with a 7-1 win-loss record on the back of six consecutive wins.

“I’ve been keeping tabs on the girls whilst I’ve been away, and I think we’ve continued to improve each week,” star midfielder Renee Garing, who will return for her second game of the season, said.

“There’s a little bit of movement within the team every week, but I think, of late, we’ve had a bit more consistency within the group, and the girls have felt it’s really come together.

“With the Falcons girls we’ve been bringing in, and the girls who have been playing in different positions have had a few weeks to adjust to that, and it’s seeming to work (those) different combinations.

“So, it’s exciting as we head into the second half of the season.”


Garing, who was on a school trip to East Timor is among three quality inclusions for Geelong, with Danni Orr and Denby Taylor also returning.

Maddy Keryk and Bec Goring will be missing this week, while last week’s debutant Sophie O’Dea will return to the AFL Barwon competition.

Garing is hoping to play the majority of the Cats’ final six games and any finals if they finish in the top six.

“We’ve got a bye the following week, so play this one, and then it depends on numbers and positions,” she said

“But, I’ll be putting my hand up as much as I can because I need the game time to work on some things we’ve been talking about in the off-season.

“It just took me longer to get out there than we hoped for at the start of the season, but now I’m ready to go.”

Garing says AFLW captain Mel Hickey may make an appearance at VFLW level before the season is over.

“I haven’t been there in the last couple of weeks for training, but I know her running was getting up before I headed off,” Garing said.

“She’s itching to go, but she knows she needs to do all the right things to make sure her body’s ready because there’s no point in coming back too soon in the VFL when you’ve got an AFL pre-season at the end of the season.”

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Deakin University Elite Sports Precinct

Saturday, July 13, 3:45pm