150 for Blitz

July 15, 2019 4:30 pm in by

MARK Blicavs says adding a premiership to his already impressive AFL resume would be “unbelievable”.

The 28-year-old two-time Geelong best-and-fairest will play his 150th game in Sunday’s clash with Hawthorn, as the Cats look to take another step towards winning its first flag since 2011.

“That’s the ultimate; that’s why I’m playing footy. I’ve learnt that over the years – I’ve wanted that more and more each season,” Blicavs said.

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“Not coming from a football background, I suppose I didn’t realise how hard it was to win a premiership. I’ve been to the prelim three times for three losses. It’s hard. It is very, very hard.

“That’s something I’m wanting for myself, (and) for my teammates.

“I’d love to see Harry (Taylor) and Joel (Selwood) get another one, and ‘Danger’ (Patrick Dangerfield) get his first.

“That’s something I’m working to, and that’s the goal, for sure, by the end of my career.”

Sitting two games clear on top of the ladder, Geelong is favourite with the majority of bookmakers to claim its 10th premiership.

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However, the key defender admits whether the Cats are or aren’t favourites isn’t on his mind.

“I try and stay clear of that and control what I can control personally, and what the team can control,” Blicavs said.

“That’s each day just trying to get better and improving on the training track.

“If we can do that together as a team, and keep trying to string wins along, I think we’re going to put ourselves in a good position come finals time.

“But there’s plenty of work left to go.”

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The ruck situation at Geelong remains one area of concern despite Rhys Stanley holding the No.1 mantle for much of the 2019 season.

Blicavs, who has played 149 of a possible 159 games since his debut against Hawthorn in the opening round of the 2013 season, has spent some time in the middle in recent weeks, and wouldn’t be surprised if he is called upon again.

“I think that will be in the coaches’ thinking for sure; you just never know how games are going,” he said.

“With our ruckman, they can go down early with an injury.

“So, I think it’ll definitely be in their plans. But whether it happens, I think that will be a game-by-game situation.”

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