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Mixed reaction at Cats

Geelong’s AFLW season has come to a sudden end. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

A MIXTURE of disappointment and understanding is how Geelong coach Paul Hood has reacted to the sudden end to the AFLW home-and-away season.

A decision to move into finals this weekend with two rounds remaining was made by the AFL on Wednesday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a unique situation and we’re supportive of the bigger picture decision of the AFL and AFLW, but we’re obviously disappointed the AFLW season has come to an end,” Hood said.

“We understand being at the top end of the ladder keeps you alive for situations like this.

“It’s all happened a little bit too quickly to assess everything, but, for sure, we would still like to have been alive in the season.”

The players were training when the decision came through.

“If there’s any positives in it, the group was together when we found,” Hood said.

“The reaction was varied … and we’ll still be processing it over the next few days.”

Geelong finished with one less win than last year’s debut season that saw the club qualify for a preliminary final.

The Cats defeated Richmond and Gold Coast in consecutive weeks, with the win over the Tigers seeing their highest-ever AFLW score.

However, Hood says it’s too early to judge whether Geelong progressed in its second year.

“I know we had some moments in games where we could see some improvement,” he said.

“But, we’ll do a review in the next week or so and have a better understanding of how it all went down.”

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