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Joanna Guelas

Cats 'just getting started' ahead of AFLW finals clash

Geelong teenager Zali Friswell believes the Cats can go all the way in the AFLW this season. (James Ross/AAP PHOTOS)

One step closer to the coveted premiership flag, Geelong believe their AFLW dynasty is about to begin.

The former rank outsiders have become giant-killers on their road to the grand final, knocking out defending premiers Melbourne by five points in a frantic semi-final.

Now they face another David and Goliath match, travelling to Brighton Homes Arena to take on competition heavyweights Brisbane in their first-ever preliminary finals appearance on Saturday.

Brisbane will start firm favourites but the Cats' talented midfield will give the one-time premiership side cause for thought.

Lions coach Craig Starcevich was at Ikon Park to watch Nina Morrison dismantle the Demons' midfield while Amy McDonald slotted two early goals to set the tone.

When Morrison was off the ground with sore calves, Darcy Moloney, Julia Crocket-Grills and Renee Garing stood tall against a surging Melbourne attack.

Young winger Zali Friswell believes their current midfield talent is just a taste of what is to come from Geelong.

"We just proved on the weekend that we can beat anyone, including the premiers," the 19-year-old told AAP.

"The development of the young girls that are coming through is producing a dynasty.

"We're just flying under the radar and we've got nothing to lose.

"In the next few years they'll hit their peak and I feel like I'm just getting started."

As if booking a grand-final appearance wasn't enough incentive, the Cats will also be playing to extend Garing's career by one more match.

The inaugural Geelong midfielder has called time and will be retiring after seven years at the club.

"I'm not ready for it to be over just yet," Garing told AAP.

"I've been savouring every moment hoping that it will continue as long as possible and hopefully beyond this weekend.

"There's been more than one girl that comes up and goes 'we get another game together' - I love that we keep saying 'it's not done yet'.

"It's onwards and upwards and that's really exciting for me."

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