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Uni a tough test for Cats

Geelong young gun Sophie Van De Heuvel. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

YOUNG gun Sophie Van De Heuvel says Geelong will take a “nothing to lose” attitude into Saturday’s VFLW elimination final against Melbourne Uni.

The Cats will start the clash at Port Melbourne’s Adcon Stadium as underdog having lost to the Mugars by 14 points in Round 14 at Deakin University.

However, Van De Heuvel says Geelong learnt plenty from that performance.

“Obviously it was a really windy day, raining and obviously it could be similar on the weekend,” she

“But we will have to go over that. We’ve gone over the visuals and stuff like that, so it’s been good.”

Van De Heuvel spent the majority of her debut AFLW season and the first half of the VFLW season in defence.

However, the 18-year-old has been tried with success in the midfield in recent weeks.

“Getting a bit more experience in the midfield has been really good for my learning, too,” Van De Heuvel said.

“I don’t know if I will play AFLW in that position, so obviously it’s a hard midfield to crack into with Rocky (Cranston) and that.

“I will do whatever the team needs me (to do).”


Geelong will make at least two changes to the team that rounded out the home-and-away season with a 33-point win over Carlton.

Young big Rene Caris will be missing through study commitments, while defender Anna Teague is out with concussion.

Teague’s unavailability is offset by the return of Bec Goring, while the versatile Maddy Keryk is also back.

Elise Vella will replace fellow former Geelong Falcon Paige Sheppard as 23rd player.

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ADCON Stadium – North Port Oval

Saturday, August 31, 11:45am