Lady Cats to use ‘pain’ as AFLW motivator

TOP CAT: Rocky Cranston surveys her home ground this week. (Rebecca Hosking) 187906

Richelle ‘Rocky’ Cranston said the pain of losing the VFLW grand final this year will inspire Geelong in its debut AFLW season in 2019.

The Cats lost the VFLW decider to Hawthorn by 13 points this year and Cranston says the pain of the defeat still lingers.

“I think about that a lot and I think a lot of the girls do,” Cranston said before Geelong’s opening preseason training session this week.

“It’s really good that we made it but we wanted to go one better and I think the two-thirds of us who were in that VFL grand final are using that as fuel to make us better for AFL because now we want an AFL one (premiership).”

Geelong will field around to-thirds of this year’s VFLW list during next year’s inaugural AFLW season.

Cranston said it will help the squad to be so familiar with each other’s games.

“I’m super excited, it means we’re already close and we’ve got that bond,” she said.

“I think it’s two-thirds of our team that’s from our VFL side so we’ve got that core group already.”

Cranston was excited for the opening training session this week.

“I definitely got excited putting my uniform on for the first time and having my backpack ready to go – first day of school feels,” she said.

“I don’t really like breaks. I think we had two weeks off right after the VFL grand final and that felt like forever so I’m happy to get back into it.”

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