Cats’ selection dilemma as mobile Magpies loom


If Collingwood sharpshooter Jordan De Goey is fit the Magpies could line up with Jamie Elliott, Jaidyn Stephenson, De Goey and former Cat Travis Varcoe patrolling the forward line, with midfielder Dayne Beams another option inside 50.

Mason Cox and Brodie Mihocek are likely to be the Magpies’ two tall forwards in round one with Ben Reid also vying for a spot.

Geelong’s Jack Henry.Credit:AAP

Last year’s Geelong best-and-fairest Blicavs is a certainty to play and Henry has shown the capacity to play tall or small while Tom Stewart will be able to play on one of the Magpies’ small forwards.

Taylor, who showed good form against the Bombers after being concussed in Perth last week, has a good record against Cox but is likely to be in a battle with Henderson for the final spot.

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The Cats’ decision is made harder with Zach Tuohy to miss round one, ending his run of 138 consecutive games, and Jed Bews also ruled out with leg soreness.

Jordan Clark, the Cats’ first selection in the national draft, is a chance to make his debut after two impressive JLT games while Zach Guthrie and Mark O’Connor also have claims.

Jake Kolodjashnij did not play against Essendon as he was managed and he remains in the mix too.

Lappin said it was a positive position to be in with all the Cats’ talls playing well but he said much of match committee would be taken up with discussion about who to play in defence.

“We will talk a lot about that over the next week,” Lappin said.

The Cats’ new look attack was impressive and Lappin praised the contributions of Gary Rohan, Luke Dahlhaus and Tom Atkins inside 50 and said Gary Ablett’s composure with the ball was a real bonus for Geelong.

Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.

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