“It is an awesome alternative that we have now obtained in entrance of us and I’m very enthusiastic about it. I’m very motivated for it,” Blicavs mentioned.
“The prelims I’ve been concerned in have been disappointing, in that we have now misplaced. You hope that you simply study classes from each and that you simply get higher for the subsequent one.”
Blicavs, 29, was taking part in simply his 22nd sport when he performed his first preliminary remaining which the Cats misplaced to Hawthorn by 5 factors after main by 20 factors at three-quarter time.
They had been then blown away early within the 2016 and 2017 preliminary finals. In 2019 they gave up a 21-point half-time lead in opposition to Richmond to lose a hard-fought encounter that noticed the margin at simply 4 factors, eight minutes into the final quarter.
“I would wish to suppose in every a kind of, particularly final 12 months in opposition to Richmond, that you simply study classes,” Blicavs mentioned.
“We’ll attempt to take the sport on subsequent week and clearly the objective is to make the grand remaining, however Brisbane are going to be a really robust opponent.”
Blicavs admitted final 12 months’s loss hit laborious with the membership devastated to see one other 12 months go with no grand remaining look.
“While you work so laborious and also you get so shut and you aren’t getting to make it to the ultimate step it’s laborious,” Blicavs mentioned.
“The optimistic is that we have now been in a position to study from that and never shrink back from that.”
Blicavs is once more one of many causes Geelong discover themselves of their ninth preliminary remaining since 2007 having made the All-Australian squad after switching again into the ruck mid-season supporting Rhys Stanley from the wing.
His defensive transition is elite together with his operating blocking opposition avenues to objective and his marking in defence a spotlight of his semi-final in opposition to Collingwood. He additionally spreads laborious and quick to seek out area on the fats aspect of the bottom to supply an choice for the Cats after they swap play to maneuver the ball out of defence.
Blicavs says he has loved taking part in the identical function week to week after the Cats returned him to that function in final 12 months’s finals collection after he had performed full again many of the season.
The re-emergence of veteran defenders Lachie Henderson and Harry Taylor in defence has allowed the Cats to make use of him in a extra harmful method.
“I’ve loved being across the ball or getting that first alternative doing a centre bounce or at a stoppage to assist, proper on the supply, getting the ball going your manner. I’ve loved that accountability,” Blicavs mentioned.
Now he enters the preliminary remaining figuring out what’s forward, alongside nice mates Cam Guthrie and Jed Bews, who like Jake Kolodjashnij, Sam Menegola, Lachie Henderson and Rhys Stanley have performed in three preliminary finals apiece, with out progressing to a grand remaining.
Peter Ryan is a sports activities reporter with The Age overlaying AFL, horse racing and different sports activities.