Territorian Brandan Parfitt says goalkicking is the way to shut down 50,000 Crows fans
BRANDAN Parfitt has the ideal solution for shutting down 50,000 Crows fans at the Adelaide Oval tonight.
The Geelong small forward said noisy Crows will be hard to find if his Cats teammates can put some early scoreboard pressure on the home side.
“Adelaide in Adelaide is tough anyway, they’re a really vocal crowd and only see one side out there,’’ he said.
“So the best way to keep them quiet is to kick some goals early. Hopefully we can start well, take the crowd out of the game right there and focus on what we have to do.’’
The 20-year-old former NTFL Tiger and Territory Thunder junior will play his 27th AFL game tonight.
Geelong’s first pick at the 2016 national draft and 26th overall, Parfitt’s ability to find the football and do something with it has made him a regular in the No. 3 jumper.
He was prominent in last week’s win over the Sydney Swans, picking up 21 possessions in the 12-point win.
“It was a great win in Sydney, hopefully we can build on that performance,’’ he said.
“That starts with the Crows game where we know they’ll be hard to beat after getting some good players back and starting to find a bit of form.’’
Confirmation yesterday that gun midfielder Rory Sloane has re-signed with the Crows until 2023 adds another slant to the clash between last season’s preliminary finalists.
Parfitt and his teammates have made a pledge to use the Swans win as a lever to begin a winning streak that will take them deep into the top eight.
“Everyone is pretty confident we can get there, it’s just a matter of focusing on each week and getting wins like the Swans game,’’ he said.
“It should have been worse, we beat them up around the footy but just couldn’t finish that work in front of goals.
“That’s what we’ve been working on this week, so hopefully we can fix that situation where our shot selection just wasn’t there.’’
Geelong will welcome goalkicker Daniel Menzel back this week after a 12-week break from the senior side.
“I’m not sure where he sits with his fitness, but he is an important player for us and we want him back sooner rather than later,’’ Parfitt said.
“We both got injured at the same time, so he’s missed a fair chunk of senior footy.
“But he helps us a lot structurally, takes a good mark and knows how to kick a goal.’’
Parfitt said he still had a lot to give the Cats despite his regular appearances.
“I’m still building, I think, but hopefully I can get back on the right track and start playing some really good footy for Geelong,’’ he said.