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Cats chasing redemption, says Mooney

By Adam Cooper 03/08/2009 09:00:50 PM Comments (0)

Geelong forward Cameron Mooney says the Cats are hellbent on seeking redemption in the AFL in 2009, and would like another shot at Hawthorn - the side that beat them in last year's grand final.

Mooney said the Cats had been driven to avenge the defeat in last year's grand final ever since they began pre-season training for this campaign.

"It hurts so bad," Mooney said of the inspiration from last year.

"We haven't really sat down and talked about it, but from the moment we got into pre-season you could just see it in everyone's eyes - we desperately need to win another one."

Geelong won the 2007 premiership, were the dominant side of 2008, yet finished runner-up, and are second on the ladder after round 18 in 2009, two games behind St Kilda. Their past 61 games have yielded 56 wins.

While the Hawks will struggle to reach this year's finals, Mooney said Geelong would like the chance to play their nemesis in this year's finals series.

"Yeah you would, because you want to play the best," he told the Ten Network's One HD station on Monday night.

"Unfortunately they've had one of those seasons, but they definitely are one of the best.

"But in saying that, they are such a good side you probably don't want to play them in the finals."

While Mooney said Geelong had been driven to perform well all season, he admitted he had experienced a bad case of the yips in front of goal.

Mooney missed a crucial shot just before half-time in last year's grand final and has endured his troubles in 2009, as he has booted 30.30 and struggled for confidence when close to goal.

But he was confident he had turned the corner.

"It's been off all year," he said.

"A few people have said I've got the yips, and unfortunately I think I did there for a while.

"My confidence really was shot in front of goal, anywhere between 20 (metres) and 30 out I was really just struggling.

"But I've worked really hard on it the last few weeks and it's starting to come back.

"I missed an easy one on the weekend (against Adelaide), which was just a shocking kick, but as far as confidence goes in wanting to take the shot, I think I'm back."

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