Published on September 9, 2018 6:55 pm

VFL W RECAP: Finals Wk 1 Sunday

The Geelong Cats set up a Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s #LovetheGame Preliminary Final against Collingwood next Sunday with a comeback nine-point victory over the NT Thunder today.

The Cats and Magpies will play off for the right to meet Hawthorn in the VFL Women’s Grand Final in two weeks.

* Read a recap of Hawthorn’s win against Collingwood in yesterday’s Semi Final.

 

PRELIMINARY FINAL

Collingwood vs Geelong Cats

Sunday September 16, 11.45am @ Stannards Stadium (North Port Oval)

GRAND FINAL

Hawthorn vs Collingwood/Geelong Cats

Sunday September 23 @ Etihad Stadium

 

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GEELONG CATS 7.9 (51) d NT THUNDER 6.6 (42)

IN A NUTSHELL: The Cats staged a stirring second-half comeback at Stannards Stadium, turning a 15-point deficit at half time into a memorable victory. Geelong kicked five goals to two after the long break, taking the lead for the first time since the game’s opening moments with a Mia-Rae Clifford major at the 13-minute mark of the final term and then holding off the Thunder with strength around the ball. NT had earlier capitalised on its opponent’s relative lack of intensity, generating a host of scoring opportunities in the first half through forward-line turnovers. However, the Cats later made the Thunder pay for wastefulness in front of goal – NT had posted 2.6 at one stage of the second stanza – with increased effort in the contests.

KEY MOMENTS: After Geelong closed to within one point of the lead at three-quarter time, NT responded through Marijana Rajcic’s third major four minutes into the last term and threatened to continue holding the Cats at arm’s length for the remainder of the match. Tough Geelong ball-winner Richelle Cranston had other ideas though, booting the answering goal just minutes later from a set shot close to 50m out to bring her team back into the game again. The Cats were inspired, controlling the territory battle and keeping the Thunder scoreless for the rest of the contest.

LEADING GOALKICKERS: Geelong Cats – Cranston 2, Burchell 2 / NT Thunder – Rajcic 3

FORMLINES: The Cats (11-3-1) went down to Hawthorn in the final home-and-away round (following five straight wins) but rebounded in style in this match. / The Thunder (11-4) came into this final off two weeks of rest after sitting out Round 16 with a bye, and had suffered a loss at the hands of the Hawks before that in Round 15.

NEXT UP: Collingwood vs Geelong Cats – preliminary final / NT Thunder – season over

* Watch a replay of NT Thunder vs Geelong Cats.

 

* CLICK HERE to see full results, goalkickers and best players, as well as play-by-play scores.

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