COACH Paul Hood has revealed plans for a more attacking game style as Geelong commences its second AFLW pre-season on Tuesday night.
The Cats were ranked last for points scored in 2019, averaging just 22 per home-and-away game in their maiden campaign, before being held to only 1.1 (7) in the preliminary final loss to eventual premier Adelaide.
“We’ll work really hard in this pre-season to make sure we’re moving the ball really well,” Hood said. “We’re working on all of our individual skills as well as our fitness.
“We’ve got an aim this season to really improve the way we attack, and that should be fun.
“They say attack is the best form of defence, and we’re going to make sure we’re really bold in our ball movement – and obviously compete and defend as well as we can, too, but really try and take the game to the opposition.”
Draftee Mia Skinner will make a delayed start to pre-season as she deals with a leg stress fracture.
The Geelong Falcons product, who the Cats selected with pick No.65, is on crutches as a result.
“She’s been in rehab for a stress fracture in her right leg; we’re just trying to make sure she doesn’t get one on the other side,” Hood said.
“We’re trying to protect her there at the moment.”
Hood says 2018 No.1 draft pick Nina Morrison is “tracking very well” nearly ten months after rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament.
After starring in the Round 1 win over Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium, Morrison suffered the injury at training on February 7 ahead of Round 2.
Hood says Morrison is aiming to be right for the opening round clash with Fremantle on February 9.
“All the signs are really positive, but in any return, there are landmarks you’ve got to tick off, but she’s doing a fantastic job to give herself every chance,” he said.