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Cats tip AFL thriller against Hawks

By Sam Lienert 05/09/2011 04:40:24 PM Comments (0)

The only thing Geelong captain Cameron Ling is taking from his team's six-win streak against Hawthorn is that Friday night's AFL qualifying final will be a beauty.

While the Cats have won every match between the two clubs since their upset defeat in the 2008 grand final, all have been extremely hard-fought.

Geelong's average winning margin throughout the streak is just seven points, with the greatest margin 19 points in round five this year, with even that match in the balance until the final minutes.

"We just know we're in for a really good game of footy," Ling said of the rivalry.

"Because they're a quality footy team, they play footy the right way.

"They've got mature players who know how to play the game and so do we. That equals usually a pretty good contest.

"We enjoy playing against them because we always know it's going to be a really hard contest and we need to be at our best."

Neither Ling nor Cats coach Chris Scott were reading too much into either Geelong's 96-point belting of Collingwood on Friday night or Hawthorn's narrow shave against wooden spooners Gold Coast.

Scott said while he was confident the Cats were well-prepared for finals, it was hard to tell how much Friday night's stellar performance was due to the Magpies having a poor night.

And he said the Hawks' performance against Gold Coast, while resting eight star players, was virtually irrelevant.

"We probably won't look too closely at the weekend's game and last time we played them was probably too long ago," Scott said.

"Their form's been really good over a long period of time this season.

"We certainly expect them to play somewhere near their best, which means it's going to be one hell of a contest, assuming we can play somewhere near our best."

The first-year coach said the Cats had not been concerned about some mediocre form before Friday night, as they had always set themselves to peak come finals time.

Despite their big win against the Magpies, the Cats have several selection posers, including whether to recall veteran key forward Cameron Mooney.

Joel Corey, Tom Lonergan and Mathew Stokes are all likely to be available, after missing the Collingwood clash through injury.

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