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Foley boost for Cats

Jess Foley contests the ruck for Adelaide during a match against Geelong at GMHBA Stadium in 2020. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG has been boosted by the inclusion of Adelaide premiership ruck Jess Foley for Saturday’s VFLW clash with fellow finals contender Essendon.

Foley, a former star basketballer who played 13 games with the Crows, was an assistant coach with the Cats’ AFLW program in 2021 and is the VFL men’s team’s doctor.

Coach Andrew Bruce is unsure how many games Foley will play with only five rounds remaining in the season but is more than welcoming her presence.

“We’re really excited to have her in our group,” he said.

“She’s been training with us for about a month on a Thursday night and has kept really fit and has fitted in seamlessly with the group.

“Her experience is invaluable for us, without a doubt.”

Foley will share ruck duties with AFLW-listed Rene Caris, allowing VFLW player Olivia Fuller to continue her development in the forward line after spending most of the season on the ball.

“We had her as a forward/ruck last week, and she presented really well at the football,” Bruce said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing her get four quarters in as a key forward, which will be great.”

Geelong has made five changes for the clash with the Bombers, with AFLW quartet Carly Remmos, Rebecca Webster, Sophie van de Heuvel and Renee Garing joining Foley as inclusions.

For Webster and Garing, it will be their first appearances at VFLW level in 2021.

Captain Michelle Fedele, Rebecca Pearce,  Georgia Clarke,  Darcy Moloney and Laura Gardiner are the outs.

A win for the Cats will make a finals berth a certainty.

However, Bruce says the focus remains on development for the club.

“There is no doubt we want to be one of the best teams in the competition, and we want to keep on winning,” he said

“But not at the cost of developing our girls where we need to.

“Right throughout the season, we’ve played girls in a lot of varied positions and will continue to do that.

“We do want to win every game we play in, and if we continue to do that, we’ll have a really good opportunity of finishing top two.”

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GEELONG (3rd) vs. ESSENDON (4th)

Deakin Uni Elite Sports Precinct

Saturday, May 8, 1:00pm