The class and composure of Georgia Clarke shone through in the VFLW Bendigo Bank Cats’ must-win Semi Final against the Southern Saints on the weekend.
A four-goal haul guided the Cats to a Preliminary Final appearance in the seven-point win, and the opportunity to play for a spot in the Grand Final.
Clarke has enjoyed a strong season in the forward line, with the former defender booting 16 goals from 13 appearances to be Geelong’s leading goal kicker and equal-fourth overall in the league in 2021.
Having recently recommitted to the club for the 2022 AFLW season, Clarke was a class above in a best on ground performance for the Cats.
For Clarke, it was a united team effort that secured the victory.
“I think just having that confidence in our side, we really just took our opportunities unlike we did last week,” Clarke said.
“Just the belief around and the confidence we had amongst the group from each line was just awesome, and then we could obviously finish off the job and get the scores on the board.”
The side enjoyed the opportunity to play in front of a strong Geelong crowd at GMHBA Stadium.
“It was awesome, you could definitely hear them (the crowd), all the families and even just people getting down, general Cats supporters. It’s very good to kick a goal and you hear people in the background,” Clarke said.
“It’s awesome to have that behind us and knowing we’ve got more than just our teammates and staff behind us, we’ve got so much more.
“I think we just really took that opportunity and just played our best and obviously a few people got down, so we really wanted to put on a performance for them. It was a really great day.”
Geelong will face Essendon in Saturday’s Preliminary Final at Windy Hill. The two sides met in Round 10 where the Cats recorded a 23-point win and, according to Clarke, the side will approach the game with confidence and a positive mindset.
“We’ve been training well lately and I think just keep doing that, keep getting up and around each other,” Clarke said.
“We’ve got a good vibe at the moment. No different to any other game, we just need to keep hitting that scoreboard and keep having that belief and confidence in ourselves.”
The Cats take on Essendon in the VFLW Preliminary Final at Windy Hill at 12pm on Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on VFL/VFLW channels, with WARF Radio also covering the game.