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Cats keep narrow focus

Geelong coach Dan Lowther. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG coach Dan Lowther isn’t getting too caught up in cramming on how to beat Carlton on Saturday after only finding out before training Thursday that the Blues would be the Cats’ opponent this weekend.

A match-up with the Western Bulldogs was on the cards for Geelong before COVID-19 impacted both the Dogs and Brisbane Lions, which has now provided a battle of two clubs not originally slated to play each other in 2022.

“The significant change for us is to worry about and focus on the way we want to execute our method and style, and what the criteria look like,” Lowther said.

“We revisited our review from North Melbourne to say, ‘ok, let’s get back on the ball with the things we did really well against the Kangaroos, things we want to improve on and do better’, and they were the things we were going to take into the Bulldogs (game) let alone now the Blues.

“It didn’t change our thought process much.

“It was just about the colour of the (opposition) jumper and making sure we’ve got the right clamps on the right players for the Blues.”

All eyes will be on whether Geelong young gun Georgie Prespakis matches up on sister Madi, with Lowther admitting it was a discussion point at training on Thursday.

“She was pumped yesterday, and we had a bit of a laugh about the old ‘Prespakis Cup’,” Lowther said.

“But she was more pumped about; ‘Mum and Dad are rapt, and everyone’s thrilled, and it’s unreal’.

“I suppose it’s something they’ve always talked about growing up. So, to get the opportunity now when they weren’t going to, they’re really excited.

“She knows there’s a white line to be crossed, and she’s all good to go. She’s such a competitor, Georgie, but she’s so calm at the same time.”

Curbing the influence of star Carlton forward Darcy Vescio will be crucial to Geelong’s hopes.

However, Lowther says it will take a combined effort from the Cats’ backline to stop the reigning league-leading goal kicker.

“Vescio is such a clever player; we have to collectively take responsibility for them as well as everyone.

“There’s no direct tag or match-up we’re looking at, but we’re certainly aware that Vescio’s strengths and skillset will provide them with lots of opportunities to score, so I’m mindful of that.”

MEANWHILE, fans attending Saturday night’s clash are being encouraged to arrive early, with the club hosting a Summer Footy Festival.

To be held on the Interactive Lawn outside GMHBA Stadium, it will feature an AFL Playground and footy activities, food trucks, live music and entertainment, a BBQ, silent disco, face painting, and giveaways.

Geelong mascots Half Cat and Clawdia will also make an appearance, and there will be the chance to write a letter to your hero AFLW player.

It starts at 5pm.

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