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Cats on final pace before grand final

25/09/2008 10:45:11 AM Comments (0)

Geelong's players have completed their final training session before Saturday's AFL grand final against Hawthorn in front of another big crowd.

A crowd of about 8,000 fans, most decked out in blue and white, watched their heroes go through a light training run in sunny conditions at Skilled Stadium.

Club officials said Thursday's crowd was slightly smaller than this time last year, in the lead-up to the club's drought-breaking premiership win over Port Adelaide.

Half-forward Paul Chapman trained in the third group to come out on to the ground, and all of the players likely to be selected for Saturday took part.

Chapman's recovery from a hamstring injury means one of up to six players will lose their spot in the side which won through to the grand final.

The unlucky player could be any one of tall forward Tom Lonergan, small forward Mathew Stokes, defender Harry Taylor, midfielder James Kelly and half-back David Wojcinski.

Forward Travis Varcoe, having been given a guarantee of playing on Saturday last week by coach Mark Thompson, also trained despite reports this week that he was sore after the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs.

Vice-captain Cameron Ling said the players did not know who would make way for Chapman, and would find out the selected line-up on Thursday afternoon.

"We find out, as we always do, after the final training session, so that will be the same again," Ling said.

The Cats and Hawks are expected to name their teams around 5pm (AEST).

The Geelong players appreciated another good turn-out in grand final week, as some waved to fans as they left the ground.

"It's good to see the crowd, nice day and a bit of a run around today," Ling said.

"We enjoy the atmosphere and taking in a little.

"But at the same time the mind's well and truly on Saturday afternoon and getting the job done there."

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