How high-flying Geelong should tackle second half of the season

SEN - Tue, 11th Jun 2019 - 0 Comments

Geelong are beautifully poised heading into the second half of the season.

The Cats are on an eight-game winning streak and sit two games clear at the top of the ladder, boasting a huge percentage of 151.3.

But how should they tackle the remainder of the home-and-away campaign?

Essendon great Tim Watson says having the luxury of resting key players will be vital before embarking upon another finals series.

“What they can do in the back-half of the year is they can actually start to rest some of their players,” Watson told SEN Breakfast.

“That’s going to be great for those players who have been around for a while and even their younger players like Gryan Miers.

“They’ll freshen them up a bit, which we know is become something vitally important for that last month of the season.”

St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt says coach Chris Scott should look to rotate his side to maintain that hunger and competition for spots within the team.

“The other thing you do is to get (Charlie) Constable back in; some of those players that you may be calling on to play a role,” Riewoldt said.

“You keep them apart of the group, you keep them hungry, you keep them battle-hardened.

“You’ve worked hard to get to this position … you don’t want to flirt with it. If you just come off a little bit, it breeds taking a bit of a breath, and in my experience that can be the worst thing for you.”

Geelong take on Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval after this week’s bye.

Every time the Cats have begun the season at 11-1, they have gone on to play in the Grand Final.

*Listen to Nick Riewoldt’s chat on SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson in the player below *