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VFL Cats away as the home team

Geelong will start its VFL finals campaign against Port Melbourne on Saturday. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG coach Shane O’Bree wasn’t interested in buying into the debate over home ground advantage after his side was locked in to take on Port Melbourne in a VFL elimination final this Saturday.

The Cats (sixth) finished higher on the ladder than the Borough (seventh), but have been scheduled to play their match at Port’s Adcon Stadium.

A double-header will see Geelong’s VFLW side take on Melbourne Uni in an elimination final curtain-raiser.

The VFL announced in early August that Adcon Stadium would host the elimination finals and O’Bree laughed off the quirk of the Cats being sent to play at their lower-ranked opponents’ home ground.

“That’s fine. As long as we get the home rooms, that’s all I’m worried about now,” he said after the Cats’ comfortable 41-point win over Essendon yesterday.


Geelong beat Port Melbourne at Adcon Stadium by 23 points in round 18, and O’Bree said the Cats would take confidence out of what he felt was one of their better performances of the season.

Confirmation of the VFL elimination final schedule follows the ongoing debate over Geelong being denied the right to play AFL home finals at GMHBA Stadium.

The Cats’ senior side clinched the minor premiership but will meet Collingwood (fourth) at the MCG – the Magpies’ home ground – in a qualifying final on September 6.

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