|CATS LOOK FOR
QUALITY IN DRAFT, WITH MIDFIELDERS AND TALLS ON THE AGENDA
Mark Heenan November 27 2003
THE Geelong Football Club has identified two key areas to boost its player list, with a major focus on recruiting a talented group of midfielders and talls, following last Saturdays AFL National draft.
After the Cats unofficially announced they would draft Ruckman Mark Blake under the Father/Son rule at pick No.38, Geelong only opted to use three of its remaining four draft choices.
The Cats getting access to picks No.s 7 (Kane Tenace Murray Bushrangers), 22 (Cameron Thurley Tasmania), 38 (Mark Blake Geelong Falcons * drafted under father/son rule), 42 (Matthew Spencer Swan Districts) and passing on No.54.
18 year-old Tenace, known to be an exceptionally quick midfielder who stands at 181cm and 80kg is arguably one of the most promising picks in this years National draft.
Geelong coach Mark Thompson paying Tenace the ultimate compliment, saying the young midfielder could slot straight into Geelongs senior side
He is capable playing Round 1 he said He is capable of playing 10 games next year. Kane is fast and exciting and a good ball user I watched his tape and no-one ever tackled him Thompson told the Herald Sun.
As for Geelongs other draft selections, Cameron Thurley is a 21 year-old midfielder (182cm, 75kg) who has spent three seasons playing with Tasmania in the AFL. Thurley, is a good user of the ball, can go forward and kick goals and is also useful in defense as well.
Mark Blake, son of former Geelong ruckman Rod, stands at 198 cm and is quite bulky for an 18 year-old at 94kg. Blake, is considered to be fairly mobile but will be given time to develop, with Steven King and David Loats expected to do most of the ruck duties next season.
With Geelong looking for a future key position player, then Matthew Spencer was always going to be a likely pick up. 18 year-old Spencer, (193 cm, 88 kg) who captained Western Australia in this years National Football championships, can also play in the ruck as well. Spencer, moves well, has a fantastic work ethic and can take a good strong mark.
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