Cats looking forward says Stewart

12 October 2020 18:00:59 GMTPlus11

Geelong defender Tom Stewart says the setbacks the Cats have suffered in finals over the last few years is not driving them on to succeed in 2020.

The Cats are in their fourth preliminary final in the last five years after smashing Collingwood by 68 points on Saturday night, but winning the flag has proved to be beyond them.

Chris Scott's men last won the premiership in 2011 and much has been made of their failure to go on and win it since, despite getting in good positions to do so.

It has been suggested that the Cats have extra fire in their bellies this year and are keen to right the wrongs of seasons gone by.

However, Stewart has played down that theory and says he and his team-mates look forward not back.

"I don't know if it burns any more than just the fact I want the opportunity to play in a Grand Final," Stewart told reporters.

"The last few years have obviously been disappointing, but that's why we front up every year and give ourselves another opportunity to go again.

"There's no more added desire because of those previous results. We're just looking forward to playing in another prelim and giving ourselves an opportunity to play in a Grand Final."

Last week's qualifying defeat against Port Adelaide gave ammunition to the doubters, but Stewart was always confident they would bounce back.

"I don't think internally we really needed that to sharpen us," he added. "We were obviously really disappointed with the way we played over in Adelaide, but we knew if we produced what we've produced all year, we were going to be held in really good stead."

Geelong are priced at 97/100 to beat the Lions, who are 87/100.

Geelong are 11/10 to win the grand final.

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