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Garing and Orr boost Cats

Geelong VFLW star Renee Garing. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG is set to be boosted by the first appearance of the VFL Women’s season of midfielder Renee Garing and the return from concussion of Danni Orr for Saturday’s clash with the Casey Demons at GMHBA Stadium.

It will be Garing’s first appearance at VFL level in more than 12 months after a back injury derailed her 2018 season, before finishing in a share of third in the Cats’ inaugural AFL Women’s best-and-fairest.

“Renee’s been rehabbing a grumbly hamstring tendon that she’s been managing for probably her whole football duration,” coach Natalie Wood.

“She’s had a good break off the back of AFLW and has been working in rehab.

“She’s a fiery competitor and doesn’t like missing out. She does her rehab at 110 per cent, so she’ll hit the ground running for this weekend and provide that pressure, and her transition ability will be a real bonus to our midfield.”


Orr hasn’t played since suffering a head knock in only VFL match of the season against Collingwood on May 25.

“There was no need to do anything quick and rushed with Danni,” Wood said.

“Her leadership and voice on the training track have been outstanding for the younger players around our setups and what we’re trying to achieve.

“Not only will it be good for her to be out there for her football, but the whole team will benefit.”

Kaitlyn Haustorfer will become the latest Geelong Falcons graduate to get an opportunity at VFLW level when she makes her debut as the 23rd player.

“We would have played her earlier, but we had that opportunity to play some of the other Falcons that have got Vic Country commitments,” Wood said.

“She’s been training with us the last couple of weeks and playing with Lara as well.

“She’ll play in our backline. She has really good opponent control, and she’s a good size for a young kid.

“She’ll make it hard for the forwards for Casey.”

The Demons enter the clash with a 3-2 win-loss record.

“They have a really quick team,” Wood said. “Their outside run players have been building with a lot of confidence over the last couple of weeks.

“So that’s going to be a great challenge we’re looking forward to.

“We’ve probably been pretty similar, in that our outside players are building confidence.

“So it will be both teams battling to try and win the football and get it to the outside players.”

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GEELONG (11th) vs. CASEY DEMONS (5th)

GMHBA Stadium

Saturday, June 22, 11:30 am