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Geelong coach Chris Scott says Cats were forewarned of tough road ahead to continue AFL season

Geelong Chris Scott says his team had been forewarned of their tough schedule ahead, which sees them play four games in 14 days which also includes a flight from Perth to Brisbane.

The Cats will play Fremantle on Monday, before tackling West Coast six days later on Saturday, August 1.

Geelong will then fly to Brisbane and play North Melbourne four days later at the Gabba, before backing up off a five-day break on August 10 against St Kilda.

Their round 12 clash is then four days after this when they battle Port Adelaide at the Gabba.

Scott admitted in the normal context of the season the fixture was “as high a degree as difficulty as you get” but acknowledged this was no normal season.

“There’s some relativity. The flying from Perth to Brisbane adds another layer I guess, but at least we’ve had a bit of a chance to think about it, get our ducks in a row and at the end of the day I think the AFL is in a difficult situation and they will try as hard as they can to get some sort of relativity across the breaks at least that the clubs have,” Scott told AFL 360.

“I have only just seen it (the fixture) so we’ve got to digest it a little bit, but we had something like that in mind.”

Geelong coach Chris Scott addresses his players at the quarter time break during their game against Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium.
Camera IconGeelong coach Chris Scott addresses his players at the quarter time break during their game against Collingwood Magpies at Optus Stadium. Credit: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Scott said the key part in preparing for a short turnaround was moving on from the review process quickly to their next game.

“Making sure that you are not still talking about the last game when you’re building into the next one within a couple of days,” he said.

“In terms of the most important people I think it’s the same as it always is, it’s your players. Especially the influential ones, the ones that control the mood of the group and take the most responsibility for the team’s performance. They’re importance goes to another level.

“I think outside of the player group it comes back to collaboration, making sure that enough people are involved in the decision making so you can make sure there is a bit of a safety net for the people who make the absolute final decision.”

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