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Five Cats in All-Aus squad

Sam Menegola celebrates a goal in Geelong’s win over Essendon at The Gabba on Sunday. (AFL Photos Image/Jono Searle)

THREE potential first-times are among five Geelong players in the mix for All-Australian selection.

Wingman Sam Menegola, midfielder Cam Guthrie and the versatile Mark Blicavs have been named in the 40-man squad, along with Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins and superstar Patrick Dangerfield.

The Cats have the equal most nominations with minor premier and qualifying final opponent Port Adelaide.

Hawkins is a certainty to earn his third All-Australian blazer, while Dangerfield is chasing his eighth in nine seasons.

If the 30-year-old is selected, he will become only the sixth player in the post-carnival area to be chosen eight times.

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Both Menegola and Guthrie are expected to poll well in the Cats’ best-and-fairest after standout seasons.

Menegola averaged 21.9 disposals per game, kicked 13 goals and had 79 score involvements.

Guthrie was Geelong’s leading disposal winner, finishing with an average of 22 touches per game. He laid 66 tackles, had 66 clearances and 70 score involvements.

Blicavs, who part of the 40-man squad the previous two years, again played a hybrid wing/ruck/defensive role, averaging 12.8 disposals.

Dangerfield had 366 disposals at an average of 21.5, of which 198 were contested. He also provided the Cats with 85 inside 50s and 99 score involvements.

Hawkins finished with 42 goals to become Geelong’s first Coleman medallist since 1995.

The final team will be announced on Thursday night.

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