KIDS PARTY: The junior Cats were at it again at Skilled Stadium yesterday with Gary Ablett junior shining against Fremantle.  
Monday, April 29
Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG'S youth-driven surge up the ladder faces its ultimate test when it takes on Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Geelong heads north on the back of two thumping wins in the past weeks while the Lions have been less than convincing with a narrow win over the Western Bulldogs and a thumping loss at the hands of the Eagles.

The Cats could have hardly been more impressive in the past two weeks. Yesterday their young guns blasted their opponents off the field with a sure display of football that belies their youth.

Geelong's 62-point win boosted its percentage to 128.0 and pushed it to third on the ladder at the end of round five.

In front of 23,075 fans Geelong showed some of its Doubting Thomases that it is on track with its youth policy, giving them a glimpse of the future.

That future might just arrive a little earlier than even coach Mark Thompson expected.

Thompson and the players are under no illusion about the task that lies ahead.

``We're just going to go up there and try and play the best footy we can play and whatever the result take it as another learning experience,'' he said.

``I think we've still got a long way to go and I'm certainly not getting ahead of myself because our form can slip just as quick as we've made it.''

Geelong will lose the experience of midfielder Glenn Kilpatrick, who limped off the ground midway through the first quarter with a torn hamstring and is likely to be sidelined for up to four weeks.

Brisbane's unexpected loss on Saturday saved Geelong's 1952-53 record of 23 consecutive wins.