Cats’ Scott says he’s not focused on Freo

Geelong coach Chris Scott insists he isn’t motivated by their poor recent history against Fremantle as they jostle for top-four positions on Saturday night at Simonds Stadium.


The Dockers have won four of their past five clashes, most notably upsetting Geelong at home in last year’s AFL qualifying final.

Scott said maintaining momentum and their ladder position was the focus rather than who their opponents were.

He said the old school approach that they ‘owed the Dockers’ was unprofessional.

“Not for me,” Scott said when asked about vengeance.

“I shouldn’t speak for all the players – maybe some of them feel that way. Maybe they’ll get a little bit of extra satisfaction if they can get the result.

“Maybe it’ll hurt a little bit more if they don’t get the result.”

Scott felt his team was very different to the side that was rolled by 32 points by the Dockers in round nine, which was one of only four Cats’ losses for the season.

“We’ve made some steps forward in the way we move the ball and the way we defend opposition teams.

“We’re playing better footy than we were even three weeks ago,” Scott said.

He felt their 32-point win over North Melbourne last round was close to their most-complete performance of the year, however he could see there was still more improvement to come.

“We haven’t played our best footy this year – we think that’s still ahead of us.

“But we’ve got ourselves in a position where we’re in the top four and we’ve been pretty well performed.”

Hamish McIntosh missed that match after hurting his ankle at training but would be available although Scott wouldn’t reveal whether the ruckman or Dawson Simpson would get the nod to counter Aaron Sandilands.