Mercury (Hobart)



GEELONG wingman Sam Menegola is confident the ageing Cats will have no worries backing up against Melbourne in Friday night’s preliminar­y final at Optus Stadium, saying working out how to diffuse the Demons’ host of weapons will be the major concern.

Menegola starred with 29 disposals and two goals as a Geelong outfit featuring 10 players in their 30s disposed of an undermanne­d GWS by 35 points in Friday’s semi-final.

The preliminar­y final will pit the oldest and youngest teams left in the premiershi­p race.

The Cats’ average age is more than three years older than Melbourne’s, who will have enjoyed a 13-day break.

Menegola, an East Fremantle product who was delisted by Hawthorn and Fremantle before finding his niche at the Cats, will play in his fifth preliminar­y final in six seasons at Geelong.

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