Geelong have a good chance: Scott

18 September 2013 21:13:06 GMTPlus10

Geelong coach Chris Scott feels if his side can match the quality of their second-half performance against Port Adelaide they can spring a surprise on Hawthorn.

The Hawks are a popular choice to make it through to the Grand Final, but Scott insists the Cats have a good chance in Friday's preliminary final at the MCG, with GeelongĀ 13/5 to win the game, while the Hawks are 15/2.

Geelong will be looking to extend the famous 'Kennett Curse' to 12 matches when the teams contest the elimination match.

Hawthorn will be in good shape for the clash, having won the minor premiership and then had a week off to rest and train.

Geelong, on the other hand, played an uninspiring first half before putting things right to defeat Port Adelaide in the semi-final and Scott chose to look at the positives and said the Cats' second-half play against the Power was exceptional.

He said: "(Hawthorn) had the week off and they would think that's the ideal preparation."

Scott added: "We weren't playing all that well. We got beaten in our first final and needed to play well last week. We didn't play well for a half, but we played exceptional football for the second half."

He said that observers may feel Hawthorn have the beating of his side, but as far as he is concerned the outcome is 50-50.

Scott did say the Cats, who have kicked 37 goals and 58 points in the past three weeks, need to improve their kicking for goal if they are to triumph over the Hawks. But he said he believed that the Cats' game plan would stand up in the big occasions.

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