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Lowther looks for better balance

Geelong coach Dan Lowther speaks to his players during Saturday night’s loss to Carlton. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG coach Dan Lowther was left to lament Carlton’s ability to find space on the expanses of GMHBA Stadium during Saturday night’s 14-point loss.

The Blues tallied 167 uncontested possessions compared to the Cats’ 91, allowing the visitors to control the tempo of the match for more extended periods than Lowther’s emerging group.

“Uncontested possession was a bit of a thing against us today,” he said.

“We had some really high contested numbers; we lost hitouts by a fair bit, but we still won (centre) clearances and contested possession.

“But, it was just on the outside where we got hurt again.

“We’ve just got to get that balance again … I think the competition’s all over that as well.

“But, they hurt us on the outside tonight.”

After suffering an eight-point loss to 2021 finalist North Melbourne in Round 1, Geelong will have lost no friends with the defeat by more experienced Blues.

However, Lowther is well aware the group needs some polish to complement the improvement.

“It ebbs and flows – there are some good signs,” he said. “(It’s a) completely different list, which will bring the change.

“They’ve brought into the style that we’re after. But now it’s about refinement for us and scoring.

“Our method will work; our contest method is sound.

“It’s just our refinements and class.”

Some of that class will come with the return of several players sidelined due to the AFL’s health and safety protocols.

Vice-captain Nina Morrison, fellow midfielders Julia Crockett-Grills and Sophie van De Heuvel, and defender Georgie Rankin were ruled out on Friday.

Lowther expects that quartet to be available for next Friday night’s clash with Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium.

“I haven’t heard anything against that, so we’re hopeful we get those guys back,” he said.

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