Sport Higgins' AFL milestone for hometown Cats

05:02  24 july  2021
05:02  24 july  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Our other milestone man this week is a former Falcon who returned home ahead of this season and on Sunday will play game #250 - Shaun Higgins . A change of clubs to North seemed to be the positive change the required and where he played the best football of his career - though a late season resurgence of form would be appreciated by those cheering on the blue & white hoops. And after 15 seasons with 129 games for the Bulldogs, 108 for North and in his 13th game in the hoops, Higgins will reach the 250 milestone .

Picture: AFL Photos. Meanwhile, Hardwick said the club had no qualms about spending next week under strict Western Australian quarantine rules in preparation for next week's clash with Fremantle. The Tigers are preparing to fly to Perth straight after the game against the Cats , bound for a stint at Joondalup Resort. They will live and train under the same protocols as St Kilda are operating under this week before their meeting with West Coast. "We're in six days quarantine and get released on the seventh," Hardwick said.

Once a footy-mad youngster kicking around Geelong, Shaun Higgins will bring up game number 250 in the colours of his home club.

Shaun Higgins holding a football ball: Geelong's Shaun Higgins will log his 250th AFL game when the Cats play the Tigers. © Dave Hunt/AAP PHOTOS Geelong's Shaun Higgins will log his 250th AFL game when the Cats play the Tigers.

The 33-year-old one-time All-Australian will reach the milestone when the high-flying Cats meet Richmond on Sunday afternoon at the MCG.

He grew up in Geelong and supported the team, with father Mick playing reserves for the club.

"I was a footy-mad little kid," Higgins told reporters.

"As a player, you always try and park it (the milestone) a bit in the lead-up to a game. It is something you reflect on probably post-game."

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Geelong Cats . MG31. Zac Tuohy. Shaun Higgins . North Melbourne Kangaroos. MG55.

Higgins debuted in 2006 as a teenager for the Western Bulldogs, before joining North Melbourne in 2015 and linking with the Cats at the end of last season on a two-year deal.

"I'm always looking at ways to improve my game and become a more rounded player and person," he said.

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"I've been able to do that this year through the help of being in a new environment and seeing how different guys and coaches go about it.

"I haven't yet been able to make grand final day, that is front and centre of my motivation."

The third-placed Cats are in the mix for a top-two spot and are earning increasing accolades having held their opponents to just 44 points a game during a three-match winning run.

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The Cats have picked up 2019 Coleman Medallist Jeremy Cameron from GWS to stand alongside star forward Tom Hawkins, while veterans Isaac Smith and Shaun Higgins add a touch of class. Patrick Dangerfield is primed to go after an interrupted pre-season and Joel Selwood has shown in the lead up to the new campaign that he's as strong as ever. Travelling abroad? Watch the entire AFL season live from Watch AFL . If you're out of the country, streaming Aussie rules football can be a bit of a pain.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has claimed underdog status for the ninth-placed Tigers, who must battle the remainder of the year without injured superstar Dustin Martin.

His absence is offset by the return of All-Australian midfielder Shane Edwards from an ankle problem.

"If we're looking for one player to replace Dustin Martin, we're going to be found short," Hardwick said.

For Geelong, Gary Rohan and Lachie Henderson are inclusions in the squad that beat Fremantle by 69 points in Perth last weekend.

The Cats thrashed Richmond by 63 points in their most recent meeting - at the MCG in round eight.

"They've been in really good form. We know how they play, they just execute it so well," Hardwick said.

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