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It’s grand last heartbreak for Max Holmes, with the Geelong teen a confirmed late out for Saturday’s marquee match against Sydney.

Holmes has been doubtful all week with a hamstring damage sustained in final week’s preliminary last win over Brisbane, however the Cats gave him up till match day to play together with naming him within the 22-man aspect.

Geelong growth coach Shaun Grigg confirmed on 3AW on Saturday that Mark O’Connor would come into the aspect, whereas Brandon Parfitt can be named the medical sub.


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Talking on Fox Footy forward of Saturday’s decider, four-time premiership Hawk Jason Dunstall believes the Cats made the precise name to exclude Holmes if he isn’t absolutely match.

“You can’t take risks, if you’re not 100 per cent sure – 99 per cent isn’t enough – you’ve got to be 100 per cent,” Dunstall stated.


“You can’t go in with a risk, and then find five minutes in, you’re one down … it’s heartbreaking.”

The 20-year outdated Holmes, named to play on Thursday, didn’t be a part of within the brief captain’s run at lunchtime on the MCG on Friday, however had a secret coaching session within the morning beforehand.



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He’s performed 18 video games for Geelong this season as certainly one of its most brightest younger gamers coming by means of the ranks.

It features a notably robust opening last in opposition to Collingwood the place Holmes kicked the match-winning purpose within the dying phases.

Nevertheless Kangaroos legend David King additionally thinks leaving him out is a strong assertion to the remainder of the Cats aspect.

“I think it sends a great message to the group as well: ‘We’re not prepared to play Max at 99 per cent. Bring your best, you’re in the team, we’re right to go. This is the very best we can be’,” he stated.

“And Max I think has been a significant contributor for them over the last six to eight weeks – No. 1 wingman in the competition – who wins contests. Wingmen generally are great runners, they’re not contest winners. He’s a star.”

Twin All-Australian Leigh Montagna believes it’s a “huge loss” for Geelong because of the tempo the teen offers by means of the midfield.

“If Geelong lose this game and we say after: ‘Sydney’s run through the midfield and their spread was too much.’ Maybe then they question, ‘could we have played Holmes?’” He posed.

“That’s why we’ve got the sub now, you’ve got that little bit of insurance there. It’s a big call and we’ll find out if it was the right decision post-game.”

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