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Chris Scott post match press conference, Mark Blicavs injury, Geelong Cats loss to Fremantle Dockers, video, latest news

Geelong coach Chris Scott says it will be difficult for the Cats to fill the void left by “irreplaceable” on-baller Mark Blicavs as they try to salvage their season.

Blicavs suffered a hamstring strain during the second term of Geelong’s seven-point loss to Fremantle, as Dockers pair Caleb Serong and Andy Brayshaw ran amok in the middle of the ground in his absence.

Speaking after a second consecutive defeat which will force them out of the top eight, Scott said the Cats felt the absence of the elite runner but it was not the only reason they could not match it with the Dockers’ midfield.

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He said Geelong medical staff thought Blicavs’ strain was “moderate”, while a hamstring injury to veteran Tom Hawkins which forced him off the ground in the final term was understood to be “not as significant”.

“It was one of those situations where Blicavs is really irreplaceable for us. There were a few (positional) shifts in there that we thought actually worked OK, but it was never going to be perfect with one ruckman with the team,” Scott said.

“(Gary) Rohan went up there and gave us a little bit of life, we thought … I’ve actually come away from the game not thinking that was the biggest issue.

“It just felt like it was a tough day for us everywhere – I could go through multiple areas where we just looked off.”

Scott said an out-of-sorts Jeremy Cameron was emblematic of their wider struggles over the last few weeks.

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The star forward was the dominant player in the competition over the early rounds but appears to be playing sore and has managed only six goals in his last five games, including a wayward 1.5 on Saturday.

“We thought our forwards had some chances too, Cameron obviously, it wasn’t as if he didn’t get his chances,” Scott said.

“He’s not quite looking himself at the moment – we’re confident he’ll be able to turn that around really quickly.

“Our guys ahead of the ball who have been so good for so long, they just didn’t have good days, but they were in good company – we weren’t that good up the ground either.”

Scott said he did not want to “overreact” to some of the Cats’ on-field issues against the Dockers, and stood by his comments three weeks ago that they were still a top side at their best.

“I don’t doubt that for a second … the challenge is getting there. The trap that we could fall into is looking at where we are right now and comparing it to 12 months ago, or even earlier in the year,” he said.

“We had a rough start to the year and bounced back, and it looked to me like we were really getting close to what we know we’re capable of … it just feels like it’s been one thing after another.”

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