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Cats cut three

Richelle Cranston is among three inaugural Geelong AFLW players delisted. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has parted company with three members of its inaugural list as the AFLW’s initial sign and trade period came to a close.

Cult figure Richelle Cranston, forward Kate Darby and defender Bec Goring have been told they won’t be offered contracts for the 2022 season.

Cranston played 21 games and kicked 11 goals for the Cats after being signed from Melbourne, where she spent the 2017-18 seasons.

The dynamic forward also spent those two years with Geelong’s VFLW program, winning the 2018 best-and-fairest.

Darby managed ten games and kicked six goals for the Cats after two matches with Carlton in the 2017 AFLW season.

She also spent two 2017-18 with the club’s VFLW program ahead of its entry into AFLW in 2019.

However, Darby didn’t play the 2021 season after announcing she was pregnant late last year before giving birth to daughter Ella in late March.

After captaining Geelong for its first two VFLW seasons, including the 2018 grand final, Goring played 17 AFLW matches for the Cats.

She had the honour of leading the club out for its first AFLW match against Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium in the absence of injured skipper Melissa Hickey.

“It is always difficult to see players finish with the club, but it is even harder given all that Rocky, Bec and Kate have done since the start of our women’s program,” Geelong AFLW chief Brett Johnson said.

“They were with the club from the beginning of women’s football and have contributed greatly to the team and the club, both on and off the field.

“Their contributions will be recorded in history, and they will always be remembered fondly for their achievements.

“We will continue to support them in their next steps both on and off the field.”

Cranston, Darby and Goring joined Olivia Purcell, who was traded to Melbourne earlier this week, retiree Aasta O’Connor, and delisted trio Maddie Boyd, Mia Skinner, and Nicole Garner in leaving the program.

With Darby inactive in 2021, and the arrival of Chloe Scheer from Adelaide and Chantel Emonson from Melbourne, the Cats have five spots to fill on their list.

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