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Monday, April 29
Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG will take a nothing-to-lose attitude north next weekend as it attempts to inflict back-to-back defeats on wounded reigning premier Brisbane.

The third-placed Cats have their tails up after beating Fremantle at home by 10 goals yesterday but are under no illusions about the task awaiting them.

``They don't get any tougher do they? Brisbane up there in Brisbane,'' coach Mark Thompson said after his side's second big win on the trot.

``A lot of people probably don't expect us to win and I'm sort of thinking I'm not expecting to win either, but I'm not saying we're going to lose.

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

The Cats led from the start and never looked troubled against Fremantle - the 17.9 (111) to 6.13 (49) win their biggest over the Dockers.

First-year players James Bartel and Gary Ablett junior again impressed, while Peter Riccardi was best afield for the second week in a row.

Brisbane coach Leigh Matthews was among the faces in the stand, planning for next week after his team's 46-point thumping at the hands of West Coast.

The Lions have injury clouds hanging over Justin Leppitsch and Jonathan Brown, with captain Michael Voss facing video scrutiny for elbowing young Eagle Chris Judd in the stomach.

Cats defender Tom Harley expects the Lions to bounce back at the Gabba.

``You can't read too much into form because they've probably had to travel seven or eight hours to go to Perth and West Coast are a good side,'' Harley said.

``We just have to go up there and have a crack, and enjoy it.

``You're not human if you don't love challenges. It is like when we played Essendon in round one, they are the benchmark and you have to look forward to it.

``Nobody is going to expect us to do very well so it's a case of backs against the wall and just have a crack at it.''