Cats go back to basics to rekindle offensive power

GEELONG will go back to basics in order to rekindle its offensive power in Sunday's NAB AFL Women's clash against Brisbane at GMHBA Stadium.

The Cats managed just 13 inside 50s to Fremantle's whopping 48 last weekend, despite losing to the Dockers by only 16 points in their opening match of the season. 

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"We need to make a few tweaks in the midfield," Cats forward Richelle Cranston said. 

"I think we overused the footy a bit, our handball count was almost 40+ (86-48). We need to kick out of congestion a bit more and hopefully it'll get us a few more looks (inside 50)." 

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Coach Paul Hood said the Cats needed to be smarter with their game sense in order to lock the ball in their front half.

"I think everyone's acutely aware of the need to play the game down out end of the ground a little bit more," he said. 

"We've worked really hard on our attack and we saw it come out with a few great passages of play where we kicked some nice goals and controlled the ball really well.

"We need to find the balance between control and taking the ball forward. It's understanding times of the game when to go fast and when to go slow." 

Cranston will be a key driver in the Cats hitting the scoreboard more against the Lions, as showcased by her brilliant solo effort against the Dockers. 

Receiving the ball on a fast-break, Cranston handballed to herself and collected to put through a Coates Hire Goal of the Year contender, only to be overlooked by Adelaide's Nikki Gore for the round one fan vote.

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"Oh gee, I was a bit stiff I reckon," Cranston said with a laugh. 

"'Hoody' does give me a licence and tell me to back myself. Usually I wouldn't do something like that so I'm not too sure what happened." 

Defender Anna Teague remains on the sidelines after suffering a quad injury at training in the lead-up to round one, with All-Australian Meg McDonald eyeing a return from a broken finger in a fortnight's time.