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Something’s brewing: Goring

GEELONG captain Bec Goring hopes several of her VFLW teammates will be given an opportunity to showcase their talents in AFLW next year.

The Cats have already signed 18 players ahead of their elevation into AFLW 2019 – including Goring and 10 of the side part of their line-up which lost the VFL Women’s Grand Final to Hawthorn.

But Goring believes there’s plenty more deserving of an opportunity and hopes to see a few more players join her in remaining at GMHBA Stadium.

“This Grand Final has been a good opportunity to get a taste of what the big stage is like for a couple of the girls and, hopefully, it’s provided a good opportunity for some of the other squad members to hopefully get picked up in the draft coming up,” Goring said.

“There’s a lot of girls in our squad playing good footy, so they deserve a shot at AFLW I reckon.”

Geelong Falcons pair Nina Morrison and Olivia Purcell will be hot property at the upcoming AFLW draft, with the pair predicted to go with the first two picks, which the Cats own.

Both were among the Cats best in their 13-point loss to Hawthorn. Morrison had a team-high 20 possessions with Purcell laying a game-high ten tackles.

The Cats will have the first two selections in the draft, which they are expected to use on the pair, but coach Paul Hood wasn’t giving too much away about their intentions.

“Those two youngsters have had great finals series and done really well and, wherever they end up in the draft, I’m sure the team that gets them will be really pleased that they’re in their jumper,” Hood said.

Goring said the group was disappointed not to claim the ultimate prize after a fantastic season, but she was proud of the way her team fought the game out.

“We didn’t back down, not for one second,” she declared. “We just wanted to play our way the whole day, and I think the girls did that.

“We are pretty disappointed with the result, but we’re so proud of how far we’ve come this year.

“You can put it down to the culture around the club. It’s been extraordinary, and we’ve lived the values on and off the field.

“As the banner said, 58 girls got us to the Grand Final, so we’re brewing something pretty awesome in Geelong.”

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