28/02/2024

Lachie Henderson plays his 200th game this weekend. Image: geelongcats.com.au

Chris Scott has praised three of his players as the Cats prepare to celebrate multiple milestones against Carlton this weekend.

Chris Scott has praised three of his players as the Cats prepare to celebrate multiple milestones against Carlton this weekend.

Sam Menegola and Zach Tuohy will both play their 100th  Geelong games on Saturday and Lachie Henderson will lace up for the 200th time against his former club.

“I think it’s clear to us internally how important he’s been,” Scott said of Henderson on Thursday.

“I like to think our club’s been really good for him too.”

The key defender was delisted after three seasons at Geelong at the end of the 2019 season. He was given a lifeline and rookie listed for 2020 where he played a vital role in Geelong reaching the Grand Final.

“He was really good for a period of time there and then it did look like it was almost coming to an end,” Scott said of Henderson’s time as a Cat.

“He’s found a way to reinvent himself. The part I admire about Lachie is he’s always been a selfless player but he’s taken that to another level.

“I don’t think he’s driven by accolades or even to play as long as he can… he just wants to be a good influence over his teammates.”

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Sam Menegola found a home at Kardinia Park after previous stints at Hawthorn and Fremantle where he failed to register a senior game before getting drafted to the Cats in the 2015 national draft.

In 2020 he was recognized as one of the 40 players in the preliminary All-Australian squad.

Zach Tuohy has made himself a fan favorite since arriving from Carlton in 2017.

“They’ve been fantastic for us,” Scott said of the pair.

“Sam Menegola was an underrated player for a long time without being underrated internally.

“It’s good to see him getting some recognition.

“It’s not just their on-field performance…they’ve had a real impact on the way we go about things.

“I think sometimes we can overplay the fact that we’re trying to build a culture that people want to be a part of and underplay the role of those people coming in have on building the culture.”

Fellow recruit Shaun Higgins will return for the clash against Carlton. the classy ball user has struggled for form and consistency this season.

“He hasn’t hit the heights that I think he’s capable of but he’s had some interruptions,” said Scott urging perspective.

“The most obvious is coming into a new system, playing a different role.

“He broke his thumb…he had a four-week hamstring, he’s had some interruptions there…we’re still confident in him.”

Geelong play Carlton at the MCG on Saturday at 4:35 pm

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