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Missed chance for Cats: O’Bree

GEELONG coach Shane O’Bree lamented the “one that got away” after the VFL Cats lost a four-point thriller to Collingwood at Olympic Park on Sunday.

The Cats stormed home in the final quarter after trailing by five goals at three-quarter time and hit the front late through key forward Sam Dobson (two goals).

But dropped Magpies small forward Jarryd Blair regained the lead for Collingwood minutes later from a 50m penalty and they hung on for a 13.13 (91) to 13.9 (87) victory.

Youngster Charlie Constable’s bid for an AFL call-up may have slightly stalled after he was concussed and could be in doubt for next week.

In pleasing signs for the Cats, small forward Linc McCarthy made a successful return from his long-term injury lay-off with three goals, including the first of the game, along with Quinton Narkle and Sam Simpson.

O’Bree declared Ryan Abbott was the dominant ruckman on the ground and revealed his name has been discussed at AFL match committee.

“He got after the ball and played with a bit of aggression and that’s what we’ve been asking for (in his game),” O’Bree said of Abbott.

“His season so far has been pretty good. He’s been playing forward as well and been working on his aerial craft around the ground.

“That’s probably the areas he needs to be really consistent in and I think he’s getting there and his name is definitely getting mentioned that’s for sure.”

O’Bree said the Cats opening term – where they allowed Collingwood to kick six goals to one – ultimately proved their downfall. But he was proud of their efforts to fightback in the last three terms.

“The first half just didn’t gel well enough. We made it look hard to play and we got hurt on the turnovers a lot and probably our skill execution.

“Their pressure was good.

“Pleasing thing was the second half. We spoke at half-time and I thought we really controlled the game in the second half and that got us back in the game and probably should have won us the game in the end.

“Good thing was we didn’t go into our shells and worked our way back through it.”

“(At three-quarter time) I was still confident in our boys. The way we were running in the third quarter, I was still confident we could finish the game off well.”

The Cats head to Windy Hill next Saturday to take on Essendon from 12pm.

MEANWHILE, Geelong’s VFL Women’s team has played its first ever draw after the Cats and Collingwood couldn’t be separated at Olympic Park Oval.

A late behind from the visitors levelled the scores, with Geelong finishing at 4.3 (27), while the Magpies were left to lament their inaccuracy that saw them kick 3.9 (27).

The Cats take on competition newcomer Williamstown away from 2pm next Sunday.

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COLLINGWOOD 6.7 8.7 12.11 13.13 (91)

GEELONG 1.0 5.3 8.6 13.9 (87)

Goals: Collingwood: Gallucci 4 McLarty 2 Fasolo 2 Blair 2 Hellier Chippendale Blair.

Geelong: McCarthy 3 Stanley 2 Dobson 2 O’Connor Abbott Atkins Narkle Black Jones.

Best: Collingwood: Gallucci Blair Hore Mihocek Oxley Hetherington.

Geelong: Abbott McCarthy Hayball Kol Simpson O’Connor.

At Olympic Park Oval.



COLLINGWOOD 0.2 0.8 1.9 3.9 (27)

GEELONG 0.2 2.2 3.2 4.3 (27)

Goals: Collingwood: Biedenweg-Webster Hynes Lambert.

Geelong: Orr, Habib, Darby, Burchell.

Best: Collingwood: Dargan Lambert Nash Hales Laloifi Malander.

Geelong: Details unavailable.

At Olympic Park Oval

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