Dogs bullish about beating Cats

July 5, 2019 1:25 pm in by

IT wasn’t too long ago that Geelong enjoyed a big win over the Western Bulldogs, but Luke Beveridge believes his AFL side has gathered plenty of momentum since their last meeting.

The Dogs challenged the ladder leaders for three quarters at GMHBA Stadium in round nine before the Cats finished strongly to post a 44-point victory.

Losses to North Melbourne and West Coast followed, but the Bulldogs have been able to keep their season alive after their bye with two wins and a tight loss against second-placed Collingwood.

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They go into Saturday night’s clash at Marvel Stadium riding high after they stunned Port Adelaide in the wet at Adelaide Oval.

“We got some encouraging looks out of that game (against Geelong) and there’s some momentum in what we’re doing,” Beveridge told reporters on Friday.

“There has been (self-belief) all year, we’ve had some dips and some really good wins and some close ones where we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit not making the most of our opportunities.

“There’s never really been a stage throughout the year where we’ve doubted ourselves.

“But the pleasing thing is that three weeks on from the bye we’ve really attacked this back end of the year … to get this scalp would be enormous for us.”

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Beveridge has been loathe to talk finals for most of the season, but his team’s unexpected win against the Power and Fremantle’s upset loss to Carlton has thrown the race to September wide open.

The Dogs are 13th but just one win down on the Dockers (8th) and Port (9th), leaving Beveridge to ponder some tight losses where their inaccuracy proved costly.

“Our method ability to create scoring shots has been pretty good … there’s a handful of players who probably just missed some gettable ones that would’ve been nice,” the coach said.

“That would maybe have given us an extra couple of W’s, but we’ve been happy with the evolution of our ball movement and we’ve taken a lot of marks inside 50.

“So that shows we’ve been able to lower the eyes at the right time and kick to advantage at times.”

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The Dogs made one forced change, with Toby McLean replacing Caleb Daniel who injured a hamstring against the Power.

The Cats went with the same 22 that defeated Adelaide, but Beveridge expects Gary Rohan to be a late inclusion off the emergency list.

© AAP 2019


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