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Menzel set for recall

Daniel Menzel in action during Geelong’s VFL win over Frankston. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

DANIEL Menzel looks set to be on the plane for Geelong’s Thursday night AFL clash Adelaide after another solid hit-out with the Cats’ VFL side in their 70-point win over Frankston.

While he didn’t kick a goal in the 14.15 (99) to 4.5 (29) result, Menzel sat out the second half of the clash – along with Sam Simpson, Corey Gregson (foot) and Mark O’Connor (back) – in a sign that he’ll be in the mix for a recall.

Geelong VFL coach Shane O’Bree said Menzel had “done everything asked of him” in his two games back from a long-term groin complaint, and it was up to the match committee if he’s done enough to return to the AFL side.

“The conditions probably didn’t help him a lot, but he looked lively and tried to take his opportunities and still tried to play the system,” O’Bree said.

“From his impact on the game and the way he plays at AFL, he did the same at VFL level.”

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Forward Stewart Crameri made a triumphant return from an eye injury kicking five goals as the Cats made it six wins in a row – the first time they’ve achieved that since 2013 – and cemented themselves in third spot.

“He took a while to work his way into the game but the second half it opened up, and he got on the end of a few and took his opportunities,” O’Bree said of Crameri.

Ruckman Ryan Abbott, injury-plagued forward Nakia Cockatoo and Jordan Cunico were late withdrawals.

O’Bree said Gregson was rested as a precautionary measure after complaining of soreness in his foot.

George Horlin-Smith was the most dominant player on the ground, gathering 42 possessions, had 14 clearances and kicked two goals.

Horlin-Smith, along with Charlie Constable (33 disposals) and VFL-listed pair Jordan Keras (39 disposals, ten tackles) and captain Tom Atkins (30 touches) in his 50th game, benefitted from Zac Smith’s dominance in the ruck.

Smith had 40 hit-outs to go with 23 disposals.

“Our midfield group dominated and complimented each other and got rewarded with plenty of stats,” O’Bree said.

“They all played their roles.”

The class of defender Lachie Henderson (28 disposals) stood out, and he’s now spent a month at VFL level. But, the form of Geelong’s AFL defence is making it tough for Henderson to find a spot.

“I thought he was one of our better players, the way he set up behind the ball and impacted in the air,” O’Bree said of Henderson.

“His composure when he used the ball was pleasing. When he gets an (AFL) game next who knows,  But `Hendo’ (Henderson) understands where he’s at and what he’s got to keep doing.

“If he’s playing more games in the VFL and not getting an AFL opportunity then that’s more game time we get into him to get him cherry ripe.”

The Cats head Bayside next Sunday to take on Sandringham at Trevor Barker Oval.

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GEELONG 5.0 6.8 9.11 14.15 (99)

FRANKSTON 1.1 2.4 4.5 4.5 (29)

Goals: Geelong: S. Crameri 5, R. Gardner 2, G. Horlin-Smith, Buzza, Miers, Simpson, O’Connor, Keras

Frankston: Not Supplied

Best: Geelong: G. Horlin-Smith, L. Henderson, J. Keras, Z. Smith, T. Atkins, S. Crameri

Frankston: Not Supplied

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