Cats Desperate To Reverse Form

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Mathew Stokes returns from suspension for the Cats on Friday night. Image courtesy of Salpigtidis

Geelong v North Melbourne 
Simonds Stdium
Friday May 23 – 7:50 PM (AEST)

Geelong: WWLWL
North Melbourne:

The Cats  will be eager to pull themselves out of a mini-slump with a win of the Kangaroos  on Friday night. 

Brad Scott will demand a complete performance from his Cats this weekend following a string of poor results, including losses to Port and Freo and a shaky 5-point win over a struggling Richmond side. The Geelong midfield was poor against the Dockers last weekend, but will be boosted ahead of Friday’s clash with Mathew Stokes returning after serving a one match suspension picked up against the Tigers. Steve Johnson will sit out the clash after he pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge. There’s news that Brad Scott is considering leaving out one of his ruckmen, which could open the door for Dawson Simpson to slot into the squad.

The Kangaroos midfield has been without star Daniel Wells for five rounds and he is set to face another month on the sidelines. Wells suffered bone bruising in his foot after a training accident in the lead-up to the Roos' round five match with the Pies and recovery is taking longer than expected. To add to the injury woes, defender Nathan Grima has also been ruled out with a foot problem, the same injury which sidelined him last weekend against the Lions. The Roos do receive some relief though with half-back Aaron Mullet returning from a hamstring problem. A host of VFL players put in impressive performances last weekend and are pushing for a first team call-up. Mason Wood was one of the stand-outs and will feel a debut for North isn’t far away after nailing four majors for Werribee to top of the VFL goal kicking ladder.

North Melbourne have beaten the Cats in two of the past three meetings and have again struck them at a vulnerable time. They have fared pretty well in recent weeks without Daniel Wells, but the Cats midfield will be a lot more competitive than recent opponents. Geelong will look at this match as a turning point in their season and should enjoy a comfortable victory over the Roos. 

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