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Connolly eyes another breakthrough

13/08/2004 09:00:22 PM Comments (0)

After three breakthrough wins on the road, Fremantle coach Chris Connolly knows his team must pull off a fourth to compensate for dodgy home form.

In the latter half of this season the previously travel-shy Dockers had beaten Richmond at the MCG for the first time ever, beaten Adelaide away for the first time ever and knocked off Carlton at Optus Oval for the first time ever.

If Freo is to get the four points against Geelong on Saturday it will need another first, as the West Australians have never beaten the Cats at Skilled Stadium in seven attempts.

"It's an exciting thing being at a club that's only 10 years old and gets to create history pretty smartly," Connolly said.

"All the other (AFL) clubs have won at every venue around Australia."

While relishing the opportunity to prove their worth against the Cats, the game had more immediate relevance than places in the record books.

Last week's surprise home loss has left the Dockers battling to make the eight, and Geelong is far from the ideal opponent with which to plan a bounce back to form.

The Cats have won 12 of their past 14 games, with the only losses being by two points and four points.

"(Geelong is) arguably the most inform team in the competition, if you certainly go on wins and losses, they've played quality teams over the journey, and they've just been in outstanding form," Connolly said.

"Them (Geelong) not having a major weapon, they are able to share the load probably (better) than any team in the competition.

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