Steven up to scratch in half a match

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - JOSH BARNES

JACK Steven has showed he is ready for a re­call to the Geelong side, af­ter per­form­ing well on re­duced game time in a scratch match against Colling­wood on Fri­day morn­ing.

The re­cruit was rested from Geelong’s side to play Bris­bane on Thurs­day night and played a half of the prac­tice match, where he looked lively.

Geelong as­sis­tant coach Shane O’Bree said the 30year-old (be­low) en­joyed the chance to play with some younger Cats.

“(Steven) just played a half, we sort of limited his game time so he is right to go (in the AFL) next week,” O’Bree said.

“He was sharp. He en­joyed play­ing with all the young boys. He wouldn’t have played much with them be­fore, so he en­joyed it.”

Geelong led at ev­ery change but was over­run in the fi­nal term by Bray­den Sier and John Noble of Colling­wood, with the Pies win­ning the match by two points.

The game be­gan at the Greater Western Syd­ney train­ing fa­cil­ity as 16-a-side and at stages was played with 14 men on each team.

As Geelong sweats on the scans to find out the sever­ity of ham­string in­juries to mid­field­ers Quin­ton Narkle and Mitch Dun­can, a hand­ful of po­ten­tial re­place­ments con­tinue to im­press.

“All our emer­gen­cies from (Thurs­day) night, they are all def­i­nitely ready to go,” O’Bree said.

“You’ve got James Par­sons, Lachie Fog­a­rty, Jor­dan Clark and Zach Guthrie. They all play dif­fer­ent po­si­tions on the ground and they are ready to come in.”

Nakia Cock­a­too got more match time into his legs, while Josh Jenk­ins (back) and Tom Atkins (ribs) are still on the side­lines.

O’Bree said he was par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by the work of draftees Cooper Stephens, Sam De Kon­ing, Cam Ta­heny and Brad Close, who will all travel with the team to Perth to­day.

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