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Geelong's Scarlett pumped for packed MCG

By Roger Vaughan 17/09/2009 01:58:04 PM Comments (0)

Some players buckle under AFL finals pressure, others find a way to deal with it.

Then there are stars like Geelong fullback Matthew Scarlett, who crave the atmosphere of a packed MCG.

The Cats' defensive general is glad Collingwood won their epic semi-final against Adelaide, simply because it ensures a bigger crowd for Saturday night's preliminary final.

"They finished off the game very well, their last quarter was awesome," Scarlett said of the Magpies.

"I'm glad they got through, it's just going to mean a bigger crowd this week - a greater atmosphere, I guess.

"If we had played the Crows, there may have been only 60,000, but there will be 100,000 people there this week, it will be awesome."

Similarly, Scarlett is unconcerned about his opponent.

John Anthony kicked the match-winning goal for Collingwood and if he goes to the goalsquare this Saturday night, so be it.

"I've played on Jack a few times, he did well the other night, his confidence will be up," Scarlett said.

"I will just play at fullback, whoever starts at full-forward, I will take, I can play on anyone.

"They've got a good forward line, it's a big challenge."

There have been doubts about Geelong's form heading into September, but they stunned the Western Bulldogs with a devastating start to their qualifying final.

That win gave the Cats a crucial week off and Scarlett said they had made the most of their short break.

"(It's) two great clubs battling for a shot in the grand final, it's going to be a fantastic game and the crowd will be massive," he said.

"The boys have had a great week of training and prepared really well - we're very confident going into this week, it's good."

Scarlett and teammate Corey Enright were named in defence on Monday night in the All-Australian team.

It was Scarlett's fifth selection, making him the second-most picked Geelong player behind Gary Ablett Snr's eight.

Scarlett said Enright deserved to make the team for the second-straight year.

"Corey will probably be the runaway winner in our best and fairest this year," Scarlett said.

"Internally, he's rated really highly and by getting in this side, he's getting the praise he deserves from outside the footy club.

"I'm really proud of him, he's a great young guy, one of my best friends.

"He always does his job, he never plays a bad game."

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