Patrick Dangerfield moved effectively as Geelong obtained their first find at Jeremy Cameron alongside Tom Hawkins in a two-point practice-match win over Collingwood.
Zach Tuohy pulled out as a precaution after his back tightened up during the heat-up at GMHBA Stadium on Friday, while the Cats furthermore misplaced Rhys Stanley to a minor knock earlier than halftime.
Magpies duo Brody Mihocek (calf) and Scott Pendlebury (corked leg) failed to witness out the match, but none of those injuries luxuriate in cast doubts over the avid gamers’ fitness for round one.
Collingwood draftee Ollie Henry attach his hand up for a debut in the Pies’ season opener as Cats celeb Dangerfield allayed any lingering fears over a groin injury and combined with Cameron for the first aim.
The skilled pair had been rested in the 2d half of, in conjunction with Tom Stewart, as Geelong circled their squad heavily and held on for a 11.8 (74) to 11.6 (72) win.
Hawkins kicked two majors as he and broken-down GWS key forward Cameron confirmed signs of how unhealthy they would possibly well per chance furthermore be as the focal points of an assault that already boasts a prolonged record of avenues to try.
“They did now not regain a mountainous chunk of game time together however the things that they did together worked in truth effectively and there would possibly be loads to continue to construct on and work with,” Cats assistant coach Corey Enright said.
“Jezza’s had a mountainous begin to his ride as a Geelong player and particular person, and we’re in truth mad to witness what those two can finish.
“(Cameron) doubtlessly would possibly well’ve executed a dinky bit extra and continued to play extra minutes but section of his program was once to play that quantity of game time.”
Henry was once a shining rob away darkness from forward for Collingwood as he attacked the competition and kicked a third-quarter aim, putting his title firmly in the different combine for round one.
“He is been in truth good,” Pies assistant coach Hayden Skipworth said.
“He affords a dinky little bit of X-component in entrance of the ball. He is obtained tempo, he’s obtained aerial (talent).
“We performed him deep and excessive. He hasn’t gone in the midfield this year, but I can perceive him pushing up to a wing.”
Skilled recruit Shaun Higgins was once busy for Geelong as teen Francis Evans kicked two targets, and Jordan Clark worked exhausting.
Collingwood had been cheerful with Jeremy Howe’s return in defence after his prolonged lay-off with a knee injury, while ruckman Brodie Grundy was once certainly one of the principal supreme afield after a beneath-par 2020 campaign.
Jamie Elliott kicked three targets for the Pies.
In Friday’s other scratch match, Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn starred alongside young apprentice Luke Jackson in an 11-point win over Richmond at Casey Fields.
Gawn pushed forward to kick two targets for the understrength Demons in their 14.9 (93) to 12.10 (82) victory.
The teams then performed every other three sessions with experimental line-ups.
Tigers premiership stars Dustin Martin, David Astbury and Shane Edwards all finished the main match early as they had their workloads managed.