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VFLW Cats lose two to injury

Geelong will be without Hayley Trevean for at least a month with a broken thumb. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has suffered a double blow ahead of its VFLW clash against Williamstown on Sunday with midfielder Hayley Trevean and ruck Courtney Stevens both facing an extended period on the sidelines.

Treaven suffered a broken thumb and Stevens a broken finger in last week’s draw against Collingwood, with the former needing minor surgery.

“It was a pretty bruising encounter, and unfortunate for a couple of injuries to come out of it,” Cats coach Paul Hood said.

“They’ll be at least a month. Hayley needed a little bit of a clean-up, Courtney not as yet.”

Geelong has named a squad of 26 for the first-ever meeting with the Seagulls, however the final team of 23 won’t be known until after training tonight.

“We’ve got a couple of fitness tests, but Issy Currenti and Krista Woodroffe are in the mix (to play),” Hood said.

With AFLW signing Erin Hoare still overseas, former Geelong Supercats and WNBL basketballer Maddy McMahon looks set to shoulder the majority of the ruck load in Stevens’ absence.

McMahon was 23rd player in the opening two rounds.

Fellow former Supercat Bianca Cheever will fill that role against Williamstown.

The Seagulls are in their first season and Hood is wary of the challenge they pose.

“They’ve been competitive in their first two hitouts this year, and having looked at the vision it looks like they play a pretty direct style of footy, and I know that they’re going to put a lot of pressure on against us,” he said.

“They’ve got Jess Duffin (nee’ Cameron) who is probably their most accomplished player.

“She’s played a couple of (AFLW) seasons with the Magpies and just moved to North Melbourne during the week, so she’ll be a player we’ll have to look out for.”

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VFL WOMEN’S ROUND 3

WILLIAMSTOWN (11th) vs. GEELONG (4th)

Williamstown Football Ground

Sunday, May 20, 2:00pm