It was a tough day at the office for Geelong’s AFLW team on Monday falling to West Coast by 39-points.
Coach Paul Hood was disappointed with the team’s lack of energy throughout.
"We thought we'd be able to put up a bit more fight today," Geelong coach Paul Hood said post-game.
"We really struggled to play with the energy we'd like for long periods, and that's the disappointing part.
"It was a step backwards, but we'll work on them and try to fix them."
McDonald Massive Again
Amy McDonald continued her stellar season for the Cats with another dominant display.
After a quiet opening term with just two disposals, McDonald came to life in the second quarter with nine disposals and never looked back.
The 23-year-old finished with a game-high 24-disposals and nine clearances.
McDonald produced arguably the highlight of the game, kicking Geelong’s opening goal midway through the third term with a magnificent snap after shrugging off a couple of tacklers.
Cats Couldn’t Combat Counter
The Cats made it easy for the Eagles’ half back flankers to create plenty of attack from their defensive 50 with Geelong only applying three tackles inside their attacking 50 for the entire game.
That time and space allowed West Coast to run rampant in transition, using their speed to devastating effect with the Cats players struggled to keep up and stop the Eagles momentum for large parts of the game.
“They ran so well, and we were unable to keep up,” Hood said post-game.
“Their (West Coast’s) ability to get it from one end to the other with great run was difficult for us to combat today. They played very well.”
It was no coincidence that Geelong’s best periods in the game came when they were able to apply more forward half pressure and keep the football inside their attacking 50 for longer periods.
“Throughout the game when we look threatening that was happening, when we got the ball inside our 50 and kept it there, we got a stoppage goal from Amy McDonald from doing that, so we need to do that a bit more often.”
Consecutive VFLW Victories
While Geelong’s AFLW team is yet to breakthrough for its first win of the season, the Cats VFLW team has started their season in fine form defeating the Southern Saints by eight points in Round 3 to take their season record to 2-1.
Madisen Maguire put forward a strong case for an AFLW recall after a best-on-ground performance.
“I thought Madisen was outstanding. She played as a forward for the first three quarters and was really hard and gave us a real good presence in the forward half, and then she went onto the ball in the last quarter and her game was really strong. Her experience around the footy was fantastic for us,” VFLW Coach Andrew Bruce said.
Laura Gardiner could be another Cat in line to get another opportunity at senior level after amassing 30 disposals and 13 tackles on Saturday.