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Cats ready for revenge

By Robert Grant 17/04/2010 05:28:43 PM Comments (0)

Armed with the return of three of their biggest stars and a sense of vengeance, Geelong is set to give Port Adelaide a torrid welcome at Skilled Stadium on Sunday.

The Cats are determined to bounce back from last week's surprise loss to Fremantle and with their vital home ground advantage, are determined to straighten their flag defence.

Geelong has been able to include a trio of experienced performers - key forward Cameron Mooney, ruckman Brad Ottens and veteran defender Darren Milburn.

The extra firepower, helped by the retention of James Podsiadly, will mean a pressure-cooker atmosphere for the Power's defenders.

Port forward Robbie Gray, who had a hamstring problem, is set to play while the club also called on rugged Dean Brogan, Daniel Stewart and David Rodan, who is back after a quick recovery from knee surgery.

Forward Jason Davenport, who joined Port for round seven last season, will line up against his old side and will be hoping for a repeat of the stats he produced in 2009.

In that encounter Davenport racked up 21 possessions and kicked two goals. He said he was in even better shape this time around.

"It feels a little bit different playing against Geelong this time because I'm definitely Port Adelaide through and through now," Davenport told the club's official website.

"I only know the Port Adelaide system now whereas, this time last year I was just coming out of Geelong's system into this system so it was all a bit surreal.

"It was a great challenge and I really enjoyed playing there last year, but now it's all business.

"I still chat with a lot of the guys there, but once we get on the field there it's all about helping Port Adelaide win."

Davenport spent time on Geelong's rookie and senior list before being delisted and then drafted by Port Adelaide.

But he said Podsiadly, who made his AFL debut last weekend at age 28, was the real success story.

"Pods is someone who just has the most outstanding attitude," he said.

"He dominated VFL football for years whether he was playing up forward or down back. He's won league medals and is just an outstanding player," Davenport said.

"He got his chance last week and he took six or seven contested marks, which not many debutants can do. To his credit he's just worked and worked."

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