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Cats celebrate their skipper’s birthday with victory over Carlton

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FULL TIME

Geelong has won a scrappy game by 28 points on Joel Selwood’s 30th birthday.

The Cats’ skipper celebrated the occasion with 20 disposals and six tackles.

He told 3AW Football he’ll take the four points.

“It wasn’t the prettiest win,” Selwood said.

“You don’t have to win pretty all the time.

“We’ve got plenty of work to do, just like other sides.”

Click PLAY to hear from Selwood in the rooms 

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HALF TIME 

Geelong leads by 14 points at the main break.

The Blues’ second quarter was impressive, but they returned just six behinds to show for it.

The match was put on pause when emerging Cat forward Esava Ratugolea suffered a serious leg injury (below).

During the half-time break, Fox Sports newsbreaker Tom Morris told 3AW Football about an impending development in the world of AFL umpiring.

The AFL will trial having umpires in fixed positions on the ground, to ensure the best umpires can umpire for longer.

Click PLAY to hear the half-time wrap, with Tom Morris’ report

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RATUGOLEA INJURED

Emerging Cat Esava Ratugolea has been injured in Geelong.

Ratugolea’s leg got caught under him in a marking contest in the second quarter.

The footage is ugly.

Click PLAY to see the incident (GRAPHIC)

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LATE CHANGE

Geelong has made a late change.

Harry Taylor has been withdrawn, with Aaron Black coming in.

The Blues are unchanged.

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THE BUILD-UP

The Cats host the Blues under lights in Geelong.

Geelong has a place in the eight on their radar, sitting 9th heading into this match.

But the Blues have a 18-goal loss to bounce back from.

The stage is set.

Game on!

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