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Six-straight for Cats

Sophie Van De Heuvel celebrates one of her two goals in Geelong’s VFLW win over Essendon. (Geelong Cats Image/Arj Giese)

ONLY an unlikely implosion will see Geelong miss the VFLW finals following Saturday’s 23-point win over Essendon at Deakin Uni.

The Cats claimed their sixth-straight victory to improve their win-loss record to 8-2, putting them four games and a 145 per cent clear of the seventh-placed Western Bulldogs.

Geelong didn’t have it all its way against the Bombers, who sat in fourth spot heading into Saturday’s meeting.

The Cats were held goalless in the first quarter. However, the visitors didn’t find opening major until the third quarter.

“Conditions weren’t too bad, to be honest,” Geelong coach Andrew Bruce said.

“It was a little bit windy, but Essendon are a good side and brought a lot of pressure to our girls.

“So, there was a lot of back-and-forth play without a whole lot of scoring.

“And we probably missed some opportunities where we could have scored to break us away a little bit.”

AFLW-listed duo Sophie Van De Heuvel and Richelle Cranston both contributed two goals, with the consistent Claudia Gunjaca and ruck Rene Caris also impressing.

Adelaide premiership player Jess Foley was also influential on debut for Geelong.

The win over Essendon was the Cats final home game, with four consecutive away matches to round out the season.

The first of those games is a meeting with finals hopefuls the Southern Saints next Saturday in Melbourne.

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Geelong        0.3, 2.5, 3.7, 5.9 (39)

Essendon        0.0, 0.2, 1.4, 2.4 (16)

Goals: Geelong: S. Van De Heuvel 2, R. Cranston 2, O. Fuller

Essendon: A. Barba, L. Stepnell

Best: Geelong: C. Gunjaca, R. Caris, J. Foley, S. Van De Heuvel, R. Webster, M. Keryk

Essendon: A. Morcom, E. Ashley-Cooper, A. Barba, M. Anthony, E. Hosking, G. Nanscawen